Today’s message is all about love. When I was hungry you gave me to eat. When I was thirsty you gave me to drink. I just recently read a message from his Holiness Pop Francis. And I couldn’t help but have mixed feelings. However upon ripping myself of my religious emotions, I saw great meaning in his words. He said ” The notion of God is outdated” Yea!sounded weird right?
Keep on reading… and you get uneasy…
Although I am yet to ascertain the veracity of the statement… but what remains apt is the last sentence where he said ” so many people have done lots of evil in the name of the church”.
And there we were in church on Sunday. Most of us are shells, because our minds wander away …. to a different place. However, the satisfaction that we were in church on Sunday is what keeps us going. We step out with a satisfied smile but our souls are hungry , thirsty looking for the word of God.
Then there is that group of people who sees going to church as obligatory and not necessarily the essence of fellow shipping with others. There are the other group of people who are in church to keep up appearances that they are Christians.
Christianity is in the heart and in the soul, it is in our acts of love and kindness and not in church going. For there we were on Sunday in the church yet we are not in sync with God’s words.
Let us mediate on it.
We are most likely having tea or coffee or lunch break right now or staring at our computer screen or chatting with our colleagues at work. Maybe we are loathing that next meeting we must attend or even reliving that special date we had last night with little or no regard for the church service or mass we attended yesterday. I bet we cannot even remember what was preached except if we were the Preacher or the Preacher’s wife. And this brings me to my thoughts which I dare speak aloud. Why did we go to church yesterday? Was it to show case our best Sunday wears which we have been saving for this occasion? Was it to take a peep at that sexy lady which we have been fantasizing about? Or to put up an appearance that we are holy and deserving of heaven.
Why exactly did we go to church on Sunday? I know a couple of guys who sees nothing wrong in missing a church service on Sunday especially when their spirit is unwilling. They feel is a total waste of time if they do not concentrate or praise God in truth and in spirit.
Is it better to go to church and fiddle with our phones or discuss all through the service without hearing a thing or two about God’s word? Or can we just stay home and fellowship together in truth and in spirit.
Our honest comments and opinions on this would be appreciated….
Everybody has an origin, we all came from somewhere from someone, we all have family trees even though they may not be visible like the ones we see in novels or movies because nobody has taken out time to draw the tree. But it is written somewhere, perhaps in the memories of your ancestors. Thus, we do have a relationship with our parents and this section shall be focusing on our Father. Have you ever wondered why children from single moms are always passionate about knowing more about their dad? Well, everybody wants to know who that special man that was responsible for their birth is. It’s not a big deal for some who were fortunate to have two parents.
Do you know that despite the biblical command that we should honour our parents and our days shall be longer, people still have problems with their parents? Some children find it difficult to have a cordial conversation with their parents without turning it into a squabble. We all know that there’s the usual teenage syndrome when teenagers believe more in their peers than in their parents, confide more in their peers than in their parents and see their parents as the enemies and their peers as their allies. Apart, from the famous ‘teenage syndrome’ some children grow up disliking their father, maybe because he was a drunk and never provided for the family and as a result they fail to see the need to respect him or his usefulness in their lives.
On a brighter note some people have a very good relationship with their father, he is their role model and he can never do wrong in their sight. Infact, they see him as some sort of ‘Angel’ who is perfect. So, what’s your relationship with your father like?
There’s a category of children who harbours some sort of fear of their father, because he is seen as an authority and a disciplinarian. They grow up having never known the man behind the discipline and authority. Actually, they are even incapable of expressing their feelings to their father, because he never used words like ‘I love you’, ‘I care about you’, ‘I miss you’, ‘My angel’ all he ever said to them was give commands on what should be done and how it should be done. Further, there are fathers out there who are so controlling that they want to control all aspects of their children’s life starting from the career path they should follow, the type of church they must always attend, the grades they must always make in school, to the type of family they should be married into. What of the type of father who does not care about the wellbeing of his children who is simply self centered and consumed in himself. It is nearly impossible to develop a relationship with such a father because the child must have been a victim of abuse from such a father. So, the only type of relationship the child can have at some point after loathing is forgiveness.