KELA KAPKORA SIL BOLKIN | Supported by the Phil Fitzpatrick Writing Fellowship
Most of them will be skinny with no muscles and their bones sticking out of their skin. Obvious signs of hunger and unemployment. But that doesn’t hinder them from being charged with absolute energy.
Yet most of their theories about metaphysics will not stand up to scrutiny and one can clearly see that the poor preacher is half-baked, let alone a student of theology or philosophy.
A few of them are obese and you can tell that they have successfully manipulated their followers with skill and have taken advantage of them by milking every penny for their own hungry stomachs.
You will even see kids as young as five preaching on the street corners of Port Moresby. Oh dear, what does this kid understand about the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament?
Some of these preachers do not understand the Gregorian calendar and get it all wrong with the creation story and think that the world was created 6,000 years ago and we are working toward the seventh and final millennium.
Others interpret the bible literally, not knowing that the scriptures were originally written in Aramaic and were later translated into Greek and Latin and that our bible today has been changed and diluted.
These preachers also do not know that the scriptures have to be interpreted within the context of a Jewish culture that was infiltrated by, among others, the Romans and Greeks.
None of this logic ever dawns on these preachers and their adherents when they go to their forums or podiums to yell and shout.
One can only assume that hunger, poverty and unemployment have driven these poor men and women to turn to preaching to attract the God-fearing multitudes so that they might donate their last coin or share a plate of food with them.
Some parents even force their kids to go out on the streets armed with a bible to preach anything they can think about the deity while they hide behind the crowd watching the offerings basket. In that way they might get some cash and kind to see them through to the next dawn.
Most of these cheating preachers won’t stand up as real men or women and take a spade and go to the garden. If they take a spade and dig the ground they might wither and die within the hour. That’s what they reckon anyway. Perhaps their parents failed to coach and mould them to be productive members of society when they were kids.
The perception of every Christian donor and or sympathiser is that the Lord will bless them tenfold for feeding the preacher. Unfortunately, the God-fearing multitudes are simply feeding the preacher’s laziness.
In other words, the multitudes are encouraging these idlers to waste their time and energy trying to tell people how to live their lives when they have never even tried it themselves.
If instead of wasting their time waiting for passers-by to drop a coin into their box they went out and practised what they preached they might end up making money for themselves. By ploughing the land and reaping the milk and honey they might discover a heaven here on earth. They forget that life will give them whatever they ask for if they are prepared to work for it.
The Lord has given mankind all the skills and abilities needed to make ends meet in an honest and decent way every day.
Free handouts from Christians will simply seduce other potential preachers to ply their trade too. And already the kids are putting their hands up everywhere in Port Moresby.
The other problem that needs flagging is the sprouting of church buildings in residential areas in the settlements and suburbs. The biblical fundamentalists and sects have made inroads into the suburbs and residential areas and have erected their halls.
Almost all of them have live musical instruments and the poor residents in some areas cannot get any peace while the shouting and yelling goes unfiltered almost every week day evening and weekend.
I live in Morata II and we have more than 10 such groups who have erected sheds and have settled in permanently. They play live music and sing and yell at the top of their voices in an attempt to drown out the rival sects at the other end of the hills.
The noises mingle with the drunks and music coming out of the plethora of pubs in the vicinity. Folks, the people you see coming out of the settlements to engage in informal activities in the city are all emerging with their brain cells still boiling red hot with noise.
Caveat! One has to be careful when he or she deals with people with such a frame of mind in the city. They can be dangerous to mingle and chat with.
Once in a while you greet someone coming out of these blighted suburbs and you will be surprised when they just ignore you and walk off. These are signs and symptoms of noise fatigue and unstable minds.
The residents fear the Lord Almighty so they will not stand up and ask these sects to lower their voices and the volume of their live music.
Everyone has a right to peace and tranquillity in a residential area but they are reluctant to ask the yelling pastors and their psyched up congregation to render them that peace and stillness.
A question to ask is that if these preachers did not do well in school and after dropping out cannot make a decent living what sort of good experience or success do they have under their belts that the multitudes can draw from?
Anyone following one of these vagrant preachers is a blind man following another blind man. Wouldn’t they be better off listening to successful people like Sir Dadi Mahuru Toka, Janet Sape or Fr Phil Gibbs PhD rather than some psychopath who knows nothing about what they are talking about?
We called the National Capital District Commission and the Investment Promotion Authority for some kind of explanation about how they allocate different suburban sectors and land for developments like churches and pubs.
The National Capital District Commission’s phones kept ringing without anybody answering.
Meanwhile, someone at the Investment Promotion Authority said they give out business registration certificates to any entity that has a section and lot number written on their application form.
They just don’t care whether a business tycoon will build a pub or one of these crazy sects will build a church in supposedly quiet residential areas and suburbs.