It’s Sunday, formally the day and time for Christian – Social hypocrisy to reign. For the evil and Christian hypocrites among us, to go to Church – that place, where they all congregate to show teeth in their one-upmanship hypocrisy and especially after a long week of engaging in all kinds of evil and destruction of humanity.
As a principle, I go to different Christian churches because I believe, largely based on observations over time, each Church has its own [unique] ethos on top of the common Christian message centred around Jesus Christ. I also go to Mosques every other Fridays, to have a different perspective and experience on religiosity.
I do this not because I am religious or concerned with God. To be clear, I am neither religious nor concerned at all with all the religious [social] hype about God. I’ve never been, I don’t intend to be.
But I go to both Church and the Mosque purposely to learn about religiosity and social behaviour, to learn what informs, influences politics in many ways. This message, however, is not about politics but about the behaviour of those who go to Church and the Mosque.
It is about my observations, on many occasions, on my way to Church, outside Church and inside Church and the Mosque. I know, for instance, people, many families who – while at home preparing to go to Church, or on their way to Church – are engaged in endless bitter rows. Such that by the time they get to Church, they’re emotionally overcharged – angry, bitter, full of resentment about each other. They go [get] to Church emotionally exhausted, unhappy, overburdened by negative emotions about each other.
I doubt this stops while at Church and busy engaged in Church activities, processions.
I have observed (seen) people on their way to Church, pass by homeless people lying (sleeping) by the street side, beggars begging for small change by the street side, completely disregarding these helpless people, without the slightest notice of them as if they don’t deserve attention.
Some, if not many of such people on their way to Church, have some financial means. They can afford to give money to these helpless, beggars on the streets enough to buy them a meal. That’s the least they can do. But they choose not to, they calmly walk by, unnerved, to Church.
Some people who go to Church have money; they are rich, wealthy but are not humanely concerned about the plight of these people. They don’t give a hoot at all. So, they don’t give a single penny to the beggars on the streets begging for small change to afford a meal. They hardly notice the homeless lying (sleeping) rough on the streets while on their way to Church.
Yet, ironically, to a great degree, the absurdity of [and] the hypocrisy of Christians and their thinking, these people – poor or rich, wealthy – happily and significantly more than tithe – the conventional 10% – to the Church. They contribute money and other resources to other outside Church activities.
This behaviour – of more than tithing large sums of money to Church by both the poor and rich in what appears like a competition about who gives more – in my view, in many ways – is a mild modern form of buying indulgences, except that the poor of those who go to Church, have fallen for the con too, in their attempt to appease.
Contrasting this experience and observation of Christian hypocrisy – typically from the Church going Christians as mentioned, with my observation of Muslims, their behaviour on the way to the Mosque and at the Mosque. Charity is at the heart of everything, their presence. It reigns supreme.
They generously and visibly happily give to beggars on the streets, those seated at the entrance of the Mosque.
The main lessons from these experiences is that, while Christianity as a religion is harmless, many of its practitioners fail it, fail its doctrines and philosophy.
Christianity appears to be a religion of exploitation or put simply, it has been used by many people in the world – over centuries, who falsely claim to be Christians – to do evil things, to exploit others and justify their evil deeds and exploitation.
It’s Christianity, as a religion, that was used as a precursor to European colonialism all over the world. It was used as a weapon to attack the mind and moral fibre, soften the minds and hearts of the colonised people whilst supplanting their existing socio-cultural-traditional-moral values systems with Christian morals and value system.
Christianity and its moral-value system emphasised unquestioning obedience of authority – the authority of one God concept that Christianity introduced and on which it’s predicated. This made it possible for whoever represented the authority of God in society to wield absolute power and do evil, safe in the knowledge that no questions would be asked. No one would dare question their actions because it would be questioning their authority, and their authority being the authority of God, therefore no one would dare question God. That’s how evil was perpetrated under the name or authority of Christianity.
It appears very little has changed today, in that mindset, seeing how much power religious leaders wield and how people submit themselves to these religious faux leaders and their will and/or whims. How they unquestioningly accept and submit to their demands and whims, allowing the perpetuation of their exploitation.
In the same vein, I’ve learned that Islam, with all it’s blamed for in the world, like Christianity and its practitioners, mainly due to the “un-islamic” practices of some of its practitioners, is largely a charitable religion and its practitioners take that seriously and openly practise it.
I also learned and concluded that the best way to get people’s money – both poor and rich- whether one is a beggar, homeless lying (sleeping) on the streets or struggling poor person, is not through [by] begging, by trying to appeal to their compassion and morals – religious or otherwise.
The best way is to appease and/or promise or provide – if possible and if one can – solutions to their fears, insecurities. The other way, and quite as effective as providing real and effective solutions, is by lying but with grandeur, the kind of grandeur typical with evangelical pastors.
Happy Sunday. Happy Sharing Day. Be genuinely compassionate, give what you can with a warm heart. Give more if you can. Help with what you have and can afford. Don’t just pass by the beggars, the homeless lying (sleeping) on the streets, stop and talk to them, they’ve interesting, rich stories and perspectives you can learn a great deal from.