I had the privilege of reading a freshly pressed topic called Weaning God Out of my life. I liked the way, she honestly wrote about her life so clearly with not a slight tinge of hypocrisy and how the church lost her.. I loved reading it she spoke more on boarder issues but I’m going to make it hilarious now…
I go to a British built Indian church which will turn a 100 years in the next year I suppose. My parents and husband completely built in me the culture of being at the church at 7:30 AM every Sunday no matter, if its sunny, cold or raining! Our church has a great tradition of having fellowship after church with a simple breakfast or just some tea and coffee. And at these times some typical conversation I can hear (collated from the most recent)
Background: I go to church after missing for a week since my daughter was admitted in the hospital
ME: Good morning aunty
Aunty 1 – Hey hows your daughter?? You don’t take proper care of her.. YOUR ARE BAD MOM…
ME: My mouth shuts! and my mind goes%@$#^%&^^$%&. I’m just wondering, how much does she know me to judge me? I tell her, sure aunty I’ll try my best to be better and wave good bye.
Before I wave good bye, another one comes to me
Aunty 2 – what happened to your daughter?
Me – She had blood infection
Aunty 2- Ohhh, you don’t boil the water is it? ( Within myself – should I inform her every time I boil water??)
She continues., You should cover her head, you should make a concoction of cumin water and give her a spoon each day.
Me – Sure aunty I will do that
Before I can digest the facts another one comes around
Aunty 3 – Hey I heard your daughter is unwell, does she eat well
Me- She has a bad appetite and is quite fussy
Aunty 3 – You know what I take care of my sister’s grandchildren, I follow a timetable I know when he is hungry, before he is hungry I give him what he needs. Every two hours I keep feeding him with good food. He’s so healthy and NEVER falls sick!
Me – Aunty your really efficient and the best grandmother!(Honestly if what she said is true) Within me: can you stop making me feel I’m hopeless 😦
Now it’s time for some theology
Uncle 1 – Hey Vino, you seem to working hard these days how have you been?
Me – Uncle I’m pleased to know I’m working hard and someone acknowledges it
Uncle 1 – getting the stage ready to preach now.. with some more good words for me. And then…. Ahhh you know thats why I didnt want my wife to work, I think god wants wife’s to be at home so that they can take good care of their husbands and children.
Me – I’m thinking to myself if he was not given a chance to preach at church so he began preaching to me after church. Yeah uncle I will do how the Lord leads me.
My sister had thyroid problem which resulted in her skin getting severly pigmented many years before, but its a miracle that God gave her a clear skin now and shes fair and beautiful and yes she does take her of her skin now!
Uncle 1 to my sister – Hey I’m not sure what your doing to you face, but I think you should pray about it… I hope what your doing is not sinful???? #@%#^$%&#
Crap @$#%$^%*^** , what does he know about my sister to talk about her sin????
Aunty x – (Sorry I lost the count of the aunty’s by the way.. ) You look so beautiful in saree and hair tied up, why can’t you clutch your hair with a clip everyday. You look so beautiful with your hair tied up.
Me: (Grin :O :O I’m wondering if our people have a dress code which includes a specific hair code :D:D…) Aunty I have no time to do that… Waving her goodbye to get rid of her…
Uncle 1: Your happy and married now, does not mean you dont take care of your parents..
Me: My nerve cells are straining hard to figure what did he just mean… I just give away a plastic smile and walk hurriedly..
Uncle 4 – Your singing in the choir was so loud.. The music was bad and the song was so boring..
Me – I’m thinking if I’m sitting in the choir to entertain people or praise God?? 😮 😮
Alright.. I can go on and on and on… It might look like i’m cribbing about my church members my own body of Christ… But honestly, I love all of them and still go and meet them every Sunday .. And yet, sometimes their words can have an impact leading me to SIN.. Get angry with them and loose my PEACE and many more… And sometimes I could come across like those aunty’s and uncles in the conversation to someone else who’s a church layman maybe!!
Christians have become a nightmare for many many people and especially YOUNGSTERS… We’re driving them away from the church!!! We are telling them time and again they are wrong… We’re casting stones, we’re pointing fingers and doing just what JESUS asked us not to do!! Our lives do not show JESUS, however our speech is sooooooo loud that we’re sending the wrong message.. We belittle those who don’t attend church and condemn them while we do not realize that we are CHASING them AWAY from CHURCHES!!! We need to wake up, because the end times are close!!