Of overzealous faith and miracles

12th September 2017


By Keletso Thobega -

I realised that miracles should be taken with a pinch of salt several years ago, when a pastor from a ‘fire’ church apparently healed some dude I know. However, a few days later, he was back to using crutches. Ke fa a kwetsepela mme gotwe moruti o neetswe madi go mo hodisa! Issues of faith and religion are usually touchy because most people believe their own views are paramount truth.

Certain spiritual leaders have managed to blindly embed in some people’s minds the notion that one can get anything that they want, and that is why we have seen a rise of ‘miracles’ culture in our societies, where religion specifically Christianity, is involved. But there is a difference between having faith and being overzealous… Some people are too tjatjarag. I sometimes wonder what the difference is between a witchdoctor and a fire church pastor – most of them seem to deal with magic!

Dilo tsa teng e ka re di motlhofo thata. I have observed that some people have a ‘jukebox mentality’ - they think that when you do things by the book, your life will automatically be perfect. Some people expect things to always be smooth-sailing but this is unrealistic. Challenges are part and parcel of life. The most important qualities you need as a person are resilience, patience and perseverance. Also, some people want too many things at once. We are a society of excess and this is often a sign of a deep-seated inadequacy.

Most people can get along with just enough but they frustrate themselves and bring unhappiness by always wanting something all the time and disregard the fact that their time will come. There’s a saying that ‘Every dog has its day.’ Have hope and get on with life because you will never reach a plateau where things are all rosy. We are all riding the same boat – we are trying to unravel and comprehend this mystery of life and the after life. The best you can do is make the best of what comes your way and stop harping quick fixes.

Miracles do happen, although few and wide apart. I for one am unbending in my faith; I know what I know and I am sticking to my story, and no atheist can say anything to me. In fact, I am wary of heathens. I struggle to engage someone who doesn’t see that a Higher Power or deity exists. Furthermore, I have experienced the power of prayer. Most of the things I asked from God came to life at some point. The key is to not be obsessive: ask once and leave it to the universe. We should also respect God’s wishes.

Sometimes God gives you what you need and deserve, not what you want. Faith has its limits. Raising people from the dead is pushing the envelope: in that case, are we saying that we have ghosts in our midst?!But on the flipside, people will always be people. Some have and will continue to believe that they can get what they want with the snap of a finger. That is why so many people flock to charismatic churches that preach magic and part with their hard-earned cash to dubious pastors who promise them the moon and the stars, and get their hopes up only to be disappointed. What a shame! Anyways, as for me, all I want is miracle money. O bona fa e ka re ke tsoga a bo ke fitlhela one metre mo teng ga account, ke a ba tsaa. Le motsamao ke a o chencha; ke tla be ke sa tlhole ke gwanta, ke tla bo ke kokoroga jaanong!

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