Men and women of the cloth aren’t perfect either...

09th May 2017


By Keletso Thobega -

Some time ago, one of the priests at the church I worship at, appealled to the congregation to keep church leaders in their prayers. He noted that men and women of the cloth also have challenges, and are just as suspectible to wordly sin as the rest of us.

As people we tend to put certain people on a pedestal – politicians, church leaders, media personalities, celebrities etc– only to be “disappointed” when they don’t live up to our ideas and expectations.

Contention arises when these individuals fall from grace, proving that they are merely human regardless of their social standing. Mme kana Saatane o etela mongwe le mongwe, fa a kokota a bo o bula, o a tsena.

That is why it is important to develop an authentic relationship with God; it not only keeps the devil at arm’s length but also keeps your inner wisdom in check (letswalo).

Organised religion is meant to instil and and inspire positive behavioural attributes. Being religious does not necessarily mean that a person is perfect, but rather strives to adopt and reflect the teachings of love, hope, patience, peace, resilience and strength of character; it is like an armour and a crutch.
As someone who leads a cosmopolitan life, travels often and has integrated with people from all walks of life from an early age, I have observed that people are essentially all the same, regardless of race, background, social status and so forth. While money, class, thinking, values and so forth can make people seem to be from different worlds... people have similar challenges, hopes and experiences.

And human beings are definitely not perfect. For example, to love someone means to accept their flaws especially as you would never truly know a person.You might one day wake up to discover that the person you have been sharing a bed with is a serial killer. I am not being cynical but just honest. There is a Setswana saying that, Motho ga a itsiwe e se naga. People will surprise you, especially these ones who always want to appear “nice” showing off teeth. Those ones are the most dangerous ones; they finish off with you with a fake smile plastered on their face. “

A seemingly good person can do bad things, and a bad person can do good things, and so forth.... Some human beings are complicated.
Of-course believing that no one is perfect because, “we are all human” does not justify any wrongdoing or sin. Sadly, the world is infiltrated with many wolves in sheep’s skin. The diabolic individuals consumed by pursuits of flesh, material gains and wordly glory are misled into trusting their own intelligence as superior. Some of these characters are associated with Christianity, and tarnish the institution.

 But we cannot abandon the noble teachings of religion because of folk who cavort with the devil. It should actually be motivation to pray harder for justice to prevail and for people who seem to enjoy sin to turn over a new leaf, find inner peace and choose Light over Darkness.  Practicing religion or going to church is not about pleasing and impressing people but nurturing a sincere relationship with your Maker. As a person, you can fool other people but not God.
On a lighter note, there was apparently one pastor who on a particular Sunday preached about the Coming of Jesus. He passionately spoke of how cymb

als and trumpets would play to mark His arrival. A naughty boy who had been sitting at the door, suddenly blew loudly into a toy trumphet. A gust of wind enveloped the church building. Someone shouted: “The Lord has come!” The pastor scurried from the pulpit. Hot on his heels were the congregants, shouting and screaming. The pastor’s coat got hooked by a door handle as he was still running away. In a terrified voice he shouted: Please let me go, God! I am not the only one who squandered the church funds... the parish members also “ate” the money!

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