Idiolotory in Church?
- That is an important subject to be revised and discussed. Some
times I myself think that we are deviating from the real faith and
the teachings and commandments of God. But immediately swallowing
myself the question on the basis of the teachings of the Church.
When we are watching the day-to-day dealings in our Church, anyone
may raise the same question even he/she is elder and learned about
the teachings of the Church. The activities from the bottom to top
making us to have a re-think about our present situations.
Jesus Christ came to this earth to teach the real vision of the
creator about His creations and to save the human society from the
Hershey of the sin. But it is the time that we should have to
analyze about our work as the followers of Jesus Christ. Jesus
criticized the Jewish priests because they were obeying the
commandments, rules and regulations in a different way that tailored
by themselves for their personal benefits. Some times the
activities inside our Church are becoming as an Icon of the
activities of Jewish.
"Blessed are those who are making peace." Are we (The Christians)
entitles for this? The Christians are now extremely opposite to
this blessed words. How many are in the process to make the peace
in this earth other than the "Lip Service".
Jesus called the poor and needy to come close to Him. The people
who are the followers and those who are representing Jesus also
repeating the same but they do not like to see the needy and poor to
come near to them and even they will not give a chance to give
attention to those needy and poor. But they changed the meaning of
the sentence, and calling those who are hardworking and carrying
heavy loads for bringing the price of their sweat to utilize it for
the luxury life of the leaders.
It becomes a fashion to speak out and advise in public to reduce the
luxury life of the faithful followers of the Jesus Christ. But we
are witnessing the luxury life of those advisors by using the wealth
of the Church and the public. I do not believe that any faithful
believer is offering the portion of their earning to the Church with
a concept to spend it for the luxury of any individuals. The
members of the Church are contributing the money to the Church and
to the leaders with a belief that, that will be utilized for the
benefit of the needy. Poor and to the community.
Those who are donating money to a Bishop of the Church are doing
that because he/she accepting that Bishop as the representative of
the Church and that is a contribution for the Church and not for any
personalities. But it is wrongly interpreting as private money of
the Bishop. Each MOSC bishop is getting an average of Rs.50, 000/
to 150,000 a month from the faithful believers without any
accountability (one / two exceptions are there). An amount of Rs.
15 Million to 45 Million of the faithful believers is vanishing
without any accountability and that reflects in the luxury life and
the growth of the wealth of some Parasites of the Bishops. This is
the picture of the belief of the members of our Church who are
little bit concern about the future of the Church.
But the story of the clergy is different. Many of our clergies are
suffering and struggling to lead an average family life and none of
their interests are protected. When a priest fell ill, that family
is broke and then some may get a chance to appeal to the public for
help. How many of you like to beg for the treatment if you fall
sick? Is it an appropriate way to leave our clergy to beg for their
welfare? No one in this earth likes to beg but the circumstances
forcing them to do so because there is no other choice.
We are claiming that our MOSC is having a membership over 3 Million
and the same society is letting the clergy of the Church to beg in
the society for help in their personal life? We should plan a
strong set up to provide the financial aid to our clergy in their
real need. Our Church formed a clergy aid fund and none have any
idea about the present situation of that program. If we collect Rs.
50 to 100 a year from the faithful believers it may collect at least
Rs.200 Million a year even it did the 2/3rd of our members. If we
program it to invest a part of it in any lucrative project it will
yield and increase the sum and have to implement the contribution of
one-month salary (Receiving from the Parish) of the clergies. If we
manage this program trustworthy then we may be lucky to not find any
of our clergy begging for the treatment.
The leaders are least bothers about the welfare of the clergy
because the leaders are not facing any scarcity of money for their
luxury. This system should be changed.
If we are not considering changing in the proper way then it will
change us forcibly and that is the law of the nature.
These are the pulse and points of view of the ordinary members of
the Church. If they are wrong then the Church leadership has the
responsibility to clear their doubts.
Charly V. Padanilam, Houston, TX.