I received a mail from a blog reader this morning and in her words, "Have you seen Charly Boy's article on Julius? I agree 100% with his views about Julius and the religion thing. I've witnessed it".
On the one hand, here's Julius whose life was saved from the ugly clutches of death, and on the other hand, here are fans who paid to have a fun night of fun, laughter and comedy, a brief respite from the current unpleasant state of our country perhaps...
The comedian who's still high on relief to be among the living can't stop praising his God and grabs every possible opportunity to testify. I've heard him talk about it on radio shows and other places. Obviously he can't thank God enough, so what better place to do it than at his own show, right?
Wrong. It turns out that that's not what the people were there for, if they wanted to hear prayers and testimonies they'd have gone to church, abi no be so? Naturally they'd feel ripped off.
Charly Boy penned his displeasure to the comedian and this excerpt sums it up; I wasn't sure whether we were at a musical/comedy show or in a pentecostal revival ground... We had trickles of respite when other artistes did their thing but each time Julius came up, it was like he was on a mission to convert us sinners in the hall. He kept preaching, oblivious of many people's disapproval, boredom and disgust for turning a comedy show into a sermonized gospel rant and chant. Kai!
The fact remains that people came there for the sole purpose of laughter, not to be preached at, after-all, the Christians in the building would have gone to Church earlier that day, being a Sunday.
Which calls to mind Nigerians and our in your face religion. Or should I say "Christians" and our in your face religion?
It's very easy to be unaware, indifferent or unoffended by this as it's the norm and has come to form parts of our daily lives. Yet it's a real factor and very evident in schools and at work places in particular. When this happens in schools, it's more understandable or even acceptable as it forms part of the school regulations. But what happens when you're a fully formed independent adult, capable of making your own choices and decisions?
At a former place of work, the minute Oga resumed work everyone was summoned into the office for serious kabashing. Notice I said kabashing, not prayers? God was praised and worshiped, demons and witches were casted out, unscrupulous competitors were prayed into the abyss, detractors and naysayers were quenched with Holy Ghost fire, and then the day's affairs were placed in God's trusted yet gentle hands.
It didn't matter that some of us were muslims, some atheists, some traditionalists, some orthodox, some still basking in the afterglow of raunchy morning sex with their boyfriends... No, none of that mattered, once Oga came to work everybody had to pray!
This is the modus operandi at some work places (sans the paranoid kabashing perhaps). Morning devotions are made mandatory and even where they're not mandatory some feel pressured to join so that nobody looks at them "one kain", or to avoid being sidelined or ostracized, especially if majority of their colleagues are willing participants.
Well for some, there's absolutely no harm with carrying and sharing faith/prayer/God everywhere you go, either at work, shows, meetings, parties or what have you. Some ideate that when we remove prayers from social gatherings we're marginalizing God and becoming too westernized (funny as it's the same Westerners that brought us this same religion, but that's topic for another day). Others, Charly boy for example, however feel that there's freedom of religion and association, and prayers or worship should not be imposed on others; it's a personal thing. These people opine that there's absolutely nothing wrong with being religious, others simply shouldn't have to be a part of your "communion" if and when they don't want to.
What's your take on this? Would you have felt slighted and shortchanged like Charly Boy and some others who attended the show, or would you have taken it in good faith or even been grateful for another opportunity to praise God? Is there a time and place for everything or should God be brought into everything, what are your views on (mandatory) prayer devotions at the work place?
Let's talk about "in your face" religion.
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