Blasphemy By Your Words: Lying In Church In The Name Of Worship
Last updated on March 18th, 2017 at 05:26 pm
The Christians among you may be well aware of the story of Ananias and his wife Sapphira who lived in the era of the early Church. Ananias and Sapphira upon selling a possession, chose to keep a portion of the proceeds for themselves and offered the remaining net to church. According to the account of Jesus of Nazareth’s apostle- doubting Peter- man and wife, three hours apart, collapsed to their deaths for colluding to and lying to the church that the presented sum, was the entire returns from their transaction.
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Forgive my sorry attempt at a sermon, by the way, so that you follow along, this article is not about tithe paying neither is it a sermon. We live in a world where there are celebrity pastors complete with the whole package of a trophy wife, private jets, a fair share of scandal and just like their counterparts in the secular world, the occasional beef among the A-list.
This would make good fodder for an unforgettable post, but this article centers around a thought that just occurred to me when I recently chose to nourish my Christian faith. I wondered to myself what might happen if the events of Ananias and Sapphira’s tragedy were to replay themselves today albeit with a musical twist.
Sex scandals, empty pews and science
Flash forward to the 21st Century, the church is much under siege as it was in its infancy and adolescence. The christian fraternity is not only fighting claims of defacing events among the ranks of church leaders -like the much talked about child abuse scandal in the Catholic church; a scandal that has left an unmissable and unsightly blotch on the fabric of the worlds largest Christian grouping – much like an ink stain on the breast pocket of a white shirt- but the church also has had to contend with dwindling numbers in the pews.
If you were to interrogate the believers, most would site the rigors of modern life as the reason behind their missing act. Many more will point at the indiscretions of the church, while to some, the church and it’s teachings have simply no place in modern life: not with all these technological advances, not with the exciting world of science gaining acceptance as epitomized by the 2010 Medicine Nobel Price winner- The proud father of 4 million test tube babies. If man can nee human life, who is this God fellow? So appears to be the maxim.
All are welcome
Paradoxically as they say, numbers do not lie. Going by statistics alone, a sizable proportion of the world’s population profess the Christian faith. This may not be news, as among other reasons , Christianity portrays itself as an all inclusive religion.
The place of christian worship is not a preserve of the pious and faultless souls, but also home to believers who may have more than a couple of faults: the thief who in the line of duty may have taken a life, the harlot who happens to help themselves with the possessions of their clients and even the ordinary man/woman who time and again falls to the temptations of human desires.
Of singing and church hymns
Irrespective of such misgivings, come Sunday morning, the faithful and the believers by design, all and sundry, in their millions ritually gather in various halls of worship. As is the norm in Christian worship, the familiar words of a praise song soon fill the lungs of all gathered and in unison, worship ensues.
You see, church hymns are simple to follow and memorize. Even after a hiatus of several years, anyone brought up the christian way can walk into any church and join in the singing. Moreover, if it happens that one falters in their singing, the safety of numbers provided by the unison of the rest of congregation is more than a capable disguise.
It is said that in singing, the performer owns the words to the song. It is by this fact that the dark shadow of Illuminati follows popular musicians, why the book of psalms by David occupies utmost importance among peers and the reason why a well belted love song remains to be such a knee breaking and heart chord strumming romantic gesture. Incidentally, this is also happens to be where the problem lies with ‘mindless’ singing in the church.
How so you might wonder? Simply because so few among the congregation actually pay attention to the words of the church hymn. They are just words to many. Words with no meaning or consequence when uttered. Words which incidentally, they own with every purse of their lips.
This article ends with a point to mull over: This kind of conscienceless singing in the church; is it blasphemous lies or faithful worship? That verdict I leave it you.