What do Gucci, Prada, and God have in common?
By Ben Mwine:
How many times have you told someone they smell good or have a nice bag, and without even waiting for you to finish the compliment they hit you with an FYI it is this or that designer? It could be a Christian Dior cologne, a Next suit, Ralph Lauren shirt, Luis Vuitton handbag, etc. And it doesn't even really matter whether it is the real deal that cost a Ugandan teacher's 8 months' salary (750 US dollars) or a Chinese knock off, the fact is, the majority of people are into designer accessories. Well, allow me to introduce you to a new one; God.
No, it's not a clothing line or a fragrance, it's actually God himself, the Almighty maker of the universe, and he's been reduced to an accessory.
Forget the days when God was revered, when the mention of his name attracted maximum attention, when going to church was actually a big deal. We are in a new era; one in which God is needed where it suits us, where we deal with him on our terms. How many times have you had someone say “Yes I'm a Christian. But I deal with God in my own way.” In what own way? Did the standards ever change? I think not. So what then has changed?
Well for starters, I think the distractions are just too many. The world constantly throws so much at us that no matter how resilient we are, our priorities have slowly been twisted. There are too many things to keep us busy and give us temporary fixes, that it is possible to fill that God shaped void in us so that when we try to fit God in, He has nowhere to go and can only be an accessory. We are too busy working hard to save up and buy that iPad, LED TV or BMW X5. We have to get our Masters or PhD sorted first, family pressures are too many, the KPI's KRA's, and KPA's are too heavy on us. The list is endless.
Yes, we will say the occasional prayer, we will go to church albeit every other week, but we probably don't remember when we last read our bible for 30 minutes at a time, let alone remember where our bibles are! And yet, we will be quick to volunteer the fact that we are serious Christian believers!
Even the so called “non-believers” seem to be bewildered by our character and behavior. My good journalist friend Robert Kalumba in his common sense column on 16th August pointed to this very issue with his article “Why do people misuse God's name?” Well after all is said and done, if we were reading our bibles regularly we would not be surprised to find that this was actually prophesied a long time ago and is just a good sign that we really are near the end. Paul in his second letter to Timothy writes something that if you've never read the bible, you'd swear he was writing a commentary based on a true story about our present day society.
“But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power….” 2 Timothy 3:1-5
That scripture could have very easily been written for so many people that we know, but maybe if we are to be honest, those people might actually be you and I!
And God forbid that it is you and I, for if it is, it surely doesn't augur well for us.
For you see as it is written, our God is a jealous God! He will not share you with your Gucci, 40 inch LED TV or BMW. He's an exclusive God. A one piece outfit!
So next time you accessorize be careful to make sure God is not among your designer outfits.