A few days to this year’s Easter weekend I bumped into a friend of mine with whom I catch a few beer pints whenever we meet at any of the city hangout on a Friday night.
This particular Friday night at Kyandondo Rugby Ground was a different chilly evening. My friend was sipping on a soda bottle. He is a known guzzler of the bitter drink.
Well knowing how times can be hard, when I went to the bar counter to refill, I got him his favorite beer, he has bought me beers before, so hosting him was no big deal, this we do all the time.
To my surprise this friend of mine turned down my beer offer only saying that not “tonight”. When I inquired further what could be the problem, hoping that maybe he was not sick, he retorted saying “I am fasting” and he had sacrificed beer as the item to fast. I guess beer and alcohol is biggest sin. What the hell.
Apparently my friend was observing the annual Christian fasting period of Lent which comes to an end with a ballistic weekend called Easter, the days on which Son of God was condemned to death, a death that brought salvation to mankind.
Because of Lent, my good friend turned down my offer of a chilled beer, he was trying to come clean before God, trying to wash away his sins. He had realized that after a year of sinning he needed to make up with his creator.
For a moment, I thought about it, I admired him for the thought of negotiating his way to the Book of life. I felt guilty for distancing myself from God. I thought of starting fasting but only a few weeks were left. I let it go.
But when I inquired further about his faith in God and his Christian values, I sensed that my friend was being burdened by the requirement of fasting rather than a desire to fast. Fasting must be burdening. However my friend had a burden so hypocritical that I deemed his fasting a waste of time.
He was so burdened that he couldn’t wait for Lent to come to an end and have a blast. He didn’t hide his desperation to have his favorite beer gulp. He was preparing for it.
He was so thirsty for beer to the extent that daily, he was restocking beer at his home. Beers he would have taken during the period of Lent he would buy and keep in his fridge at home.
He said he had so far stocked thirty bottles and confessed that he was going to spoil himself once Lent is done.
While he was going about his futuristic drinking binge my mind was wondering how man can be a hypocrite in the face of God.
For starters my friend acknowledges that consumption of alcohol is unholy and sinful in the realms of Christianity. It is for that reason that in an effort to come clean before God my good friend sacrificed alcohol as he went about his fasting yet here he was waiting to sin again.
That act of my friend is just one example of how modern day Christians are mocking God with half commitment to the Holy One. We know what is ought to be done to please God yet we do the opposite knowingly.
It’s not only a Christian thing. At the moment the Muslims are fasting and are at their best of moral and spiritual behavior but wait when the holy month of Ramadan elapses in the next few days. They will go back to their sinful ways.
Walking around town you will see veiled Muslim women everywhere unlike a month ago or a month after the fasting period.
The men are in Kanzuz and the mosques are filled every evening. The other day as I left work I saw on the roadside a muslim beliver who had packedhis car and aid a mat to pray.
In 2014, I once heard a sheikh in a mosque at Energy Centre, a mall on Market Street downtown Kampala lambast Islam faithfuls for only coming to pray during the month of Ramadan and sinning their life to Jahannam (hell) after the fasting period.
On Facebook, the girls have replaced their half naked profile pictures with those adorning veils, ong dresses and skirts to show that they are believers in Allah but a little slip through their old posts and pictures unveils a life far from what Prophet Mohamed would approve of.
As humans we are hypocritically religious it aches. We mock God with not only our half baked but temporally love yet He loves us abundantly.
We go to Church, mosque to show of our latest dresses, cars, shoes, gossip and show off our riches with our church donations. How we turn to him in times of need beyond what our riches can solve shames me to the marrow.
A section of the Islam faithful chooses to kill their brothers in the name of serving God instead of spreading love that Allah yearns to see his creation enjoy. Even in the act of sinning we proclaim his name thinking we are glorifying it. How wrong we are.[related_posts]
One will say I am being judgmental but when the truth, the facts and the things we believe in described in ink, taught in schools, churches, mosques and other places of worship then with the right education, experience and exposure I believe I am at liberty to judge, I call it making a choice. Surely God deserves better.