Another Cult of Shame

Here we go again when the supposedly Shepherds run wild and lead the Lambs of God to the wrong path. If only I were an atheist and mock this situation where these substitutes of God or guardians of God’s words act on the behalf of the believers, interpret God’s real intention according to the scripture and dictate what is good for you and for your country. According to history, they played important role in turning men’s evil intention into God’s will and made people to kill in the name of God. It’s odd to think that they never learn from their mistakes, that their most important duty is to preserve the flock from earthly life in order to keep their soul safe during the judgement day. But as we witnessed, it’s an hard task for them to not take the so-called state subvention for Churches and their respective leaders nor they can easily refuse luxury cars on the basis that giving importance to earthly life is like chasing wind (Ecclesiastes).

Fortunately, I’m not an ordinary Christian, I am insensible to these hatemongers’ discourse, my faith* won’t be shaken because a bunch of priests, minister and bishop from my church who decide to choose on which side of a particular political tendency God sides with. After the first meetin held by the presbyterian church of Madagascar FJKM in Mahamasina few time after Ravalomanana’s eviction from power, another cult of shame took place yesterday at Antsahamanitra arena where these same men of faith overtly proclaim their political color but this time – with the least ethic they have — invitations were not distributed in church, only an ad from the FJKM’s official radio “Fahazavana” to come on monday.

Yesterday’s cult was particularly marked by quotations from the Book of Ester as I’ve heard on the radio, this woman of faith who brave the danger to save her fellow people. Though prayin for the sake of the country is not a bad thing( if only it works), enticing believers to support a particular political ideology in time of crisis is not a divine mission. At this rate they will tell the people to be like King David who killed 22,000 Syrians (I Chro20:3); why they didn’t take Paul’s saying that people have to respect the authority since they represent Christ on earth. As far as I know, Madagascar is still and should remain a secular nation, churches should keep their role as a balance between authorities regarding the social aspects of political decisions not interfering in politicians’ feud. Not only they put trouble between Protestant believers they are supposed to represent, but also Catholic against Protestant and above all irate the pagan and the antitheists.

*Beware of the word “faith”, there are many definitions as many untold meanings in the bible.


~ by tolotra on December 29, 2009.

5 Responses to “Another Cult of Shame”

  1. Politics and religion, unseparable couple. Remember, we had a little discussion about it on the ICE forum 🙂

    I do agree that they should stay away from political matters but here they’re just saying that something goes wrong. And let’s not be naive, once the crisis started everybody already had in mind this friction between Catholics and Protestants. Let’s not forget also that when the Archbishop led the church-mediated talk earlier this year, he was severely criticized from both Catholic and Protestant camp for not being objective and neutral.

  2. Saying what is wrong is not a crime, we should support them for this kind of behaviour.During the raise of US imperialism in Latin America, catolic priests had greatly contributed into the fight against CIA backed guerilla and to save indigenous economy, many of them died assasinated.

    What I see here is not the same, we all know that Pasteur Lala Rasendrahasina (the head of FJKM) has vested interests at stake durin Ravalomanana’s regime and God knows if he and the Church hierarchy he leads can still stand objective and neutral.

    PS: I’m a protestant now not an atheist.

  3. I thought you were atheist man!!! loool Sorry.

    I don’t think someone (or an entity) can state any neutrality/objectivity in a such crisis. Don’t forget the Bishop Odon Razanakolona was severly criticized during the church-mediated talk last year. You defend something you believe is fair or just you have interest in it. Unfortunately we can no more count on the so-called fihavanana today. When they all (the 4 parties) say “for the highest interest of the nation”, they mean their “own” interest, we know that. So, objectivity goes to the second (or even thrid) plan. They are all to be blamed, they all did evil but you have to choose and I’m not likely to choose that young one.

  4. You’re completely right, but using faith/Religion as tool is not a good thing, you know the Ireland stuff and so on.When they say FJKM it’s the hierachy not the grassroot christian.

    You know, I am now a “Green” though I don’t regret for having participated for the toppling of R8, things move and we have to move too, the “young one” is history (I mean the unborn revolution).Sticking to something that is overtly stenchs is an idiocy and it’s should be the same for Ra8’s former supporters, it doesn’t make sense.I think I will write a post about it.

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