Letter to the Editor

The church must help people, not milking them

Dear editor,
THE main difference between the Christian Church and Islam here in Zambia is that the Christian preacher will make even the most vulnerable and poorest of our society to part with their last coin in order to buy or receive ‘God’s blessings’ while the Muslim will pay to preach Islam to them.

One argument which is being put across is that, among members of the body of Christ or Church, those of us that have the means are not doing enough to support the work of the clergy. More so, among Christians, more than 90 percent of people owning wealth have literally nothing to do with the service of Christ.
The implications have been that the majority “business-oriented” Christian pastors, apostles, prophets, shepherds, reverends, and priests, choose to milk dead cows and stones in order to get their portion of God’s blessings and/ or prosperity which they feel “rightly” belongs to them.
This burden or yoke has turned out to be too heavy for the majority poor men and women members of the church, who desperately, but with great hope, want to believe God for divine intervention in their poverty-stricken lives. What is even most surprising is that some of the men and women from whom these demands are made by the men and women of the pulpit don’t even know where their next meal will come from.
The current scenario as it exists is that, while Christian converts are being taught to live by faith, Muslim converts evidently live by sight.
My advice to the church in Zambia, therefore, can only be that we consider going back to the Acts of the Apostles. We need to seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness.
MUKUKA CHILUFYA
Chambishi Mine Township

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