During Mass today, when it got to the stage when the 'prayer of the faithful' will be rendered, the priest, in his obvious sensitivity for gender equality asked that four people should step forward. Two men, two women. They marched forward. The first person to come forth was one dark man, average in height. He never ceases to come out to offer the prayer of the faithful. Most times, the priest hardly concludes with the asking and he steps forward. I now assume he comes every Sunday prepared to do this service; with a seeming rehearsed prayer point. He has a mode of operation. First, he commands us to close our eyes! Usually in a tone fit only for the barracks not far away from where the Mass is held. Well, from the first day I attended Mass there, I have deliberately and defiantly flouted that command. After the command, he then goes on to shout his chosen prayer point for the day in a way that mocks God as deaf. I usually shook my head as what readily comes to mind is: "The still small voice".
So today, he went off again with his command. Immediately, my eyes which were shut quickly came to life; watching him intently. His shouts into the microphone made people cringe. His chosen prayer point for today was the happenings at 'Eight Hours' in Enugu which sees a lot of young girls display themselves like wares watching for a destined customer. He, in his usual saliva inducing shouts asked for God's intervention in that immoral business.
Then this evening, the personal message of one of my friends on BBM read thus: "It is difficult to be chaste in this time but it is still a matter of choice...." If you ask me I will tell you that it has always been a matter of choice which ever way one chose to follow, either in the current generation or those past. Chastity has always been a choice. Some people are of the view that things are worse now. But I would say that even the generations past had prostitutes. People knew and patronised them. It is not so different from now. Well, I have come to notice that every generation seems to shock the one the precedes it.
My grandmother once told me, "Nnaa, if every 'trade' ceases to exist, prostitution and thieving will remain". I believe that to be true especially for the former. Thieves are sent to prisons almost everyday. I have never seen or heard of any person prosecuted or worse still, sent to the prison for prostitution.
So why disturb God (in that annoying tone)?
LOL. Barrister Chimezie, the last paragraphs awaken the jurist in me. Are we to deviate from your topic and begin another on Law & Morality? *now dusting off my jurisprudence books* Hehehe.
Another possible subtopic, based on the sentence; "But I would say that even the generations past had prostitutes. People knew and patronised them."; could be In Defense of Prostitution and Why It's About Time We Legalize It. LOL. OK, I'm done playing!
Back to the writer's question, Why Bother God? (Seriously don't people like that man just get your goat? You could pray about peace, against poverty and Boko Haram, good leadership and governance, the economy etc. Instead you choose to pray about prostitutes? Bia nna, what are you not telling us. You visited Eight Hours o kwa ya, and now your conscience is pricking you?)