Help the needy, not the greedy

2019-03-06 06:02
Victoria Nkosi, social observer

Victoria Nkosi, social observer

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I have been thinking about how we can make a difference in our communities without expecting anything in return.

After careful observation I found my answer.

In February 2018 statistics indicated the number of (black) people living in poverty in South Africa, stood at 30 383 788 and this means 55,5% of the black population group in South Africa is poor.

My focus is on black South Africans as they – in the majority – attend the nume­rous worship churches that are all over the country.

We see many of our brothers and sisters giving money and cars to pastors of these churches. They give these pastors money – instead of spending it to better their own lives. From this we see pastors of these churches getting richer while the congregates suffer as poor.

The issue of congregations giving so much money to pastors is the reason that prompted me to write about it.

People seem to be so focused on getting richer and making pastors rich instead of helping others who really need help.

There are child-headed households out there where the eldest child hustles to make ends meet to feed his or her siblings. Sadly, these child-headed homes do not get help from those that give money to pastors.

These congregations and pastors disregard these needy children because they are not going to get anything in return . . . apparently.

I have seen people donating R20 000 in churches and the end-product is the pastor buying the latest and most expensive car. Then the pastor calls it a blessing from above.

Wouldn’t it be nice that members of these worship churches lend a helping hand to the less fortunate with that money – instead of “sowing a seed” to receive miracles and wealth?

So many people are only looking to enrich themselves, instead of improving their communities.

It will not be a bad idea to look for people who are struggling and help them.

There are well-off people around, but they cannot even give R150 to their parents while alive. Instead they wait until their demise so that they can boast and show off a casket and stone head that cost more than what some people pay for lobola (the African custom by which a bridegroom’s family makes a payment to the bride’s family when getting married).

I think more should be done to advance each other in our society and our families.

You cannot call yourself a Christian yet fails to help others. We should know that it is more rewarding and fulfilling to give instead of receiving.

Let us go off the thought that you will receive “miracle money” from heaven.

Give to the needy without expecting because that is what a good Christian does. I think it is very important to invest in tangible businesses where the result thereof will be fulfilling to you and on the other hand assist to advance a less privileged person.

People will always deny that these pastors are using the money they receive to maintain their luxurious lifestyles. If care is not taken, the poor will continue to multiply, so will it be with rich pastors – some whom serve themselves more than their followers.

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