Wear your uniform with pride

2017-03-01 10:19
Moeti Molelekoa

Moeti Molelekoa

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While the Competition Commission is scrutinising cosy school uniform deals which force parents to cough up thousands of rands, some churches exploiting their congregants must also be taken to task.

I see no difference between these schools and churches. They force people to purchase uniforms from “exclusive suppliers” after arrangements between the entity and a specific retailer or manufactu­rer are made.

At the heart of the investigation into the R10 billion school uniform industry are allegations of long-standing exclusive supplier arrangements entered into between influential people serving in schools.

Although the rot in churches has never been exposed, believers are also being ripped off.

Deals are allegedly being made by powerful individuals in churches where the institutions themselves do not benefit.

Just like schools, churches can ask for exclusive designs or colours.

Rights of embroidery on jacket pockets, ties, shirts and dresses are exclusively owned by powerful individual beneficiaries in the clergy.

Yet the churchgoers are unlikely to complain, because they are vulnerable. Due to their vulnerability, churches have become a big business.

The Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities is probing most of the churches, mainly for their finances.

Most of the churches in our country have become ATMs that benefit the influential personalities in the clergy.

Congregants are strategically being robed in their new, exclusive uniforms on Good Fridays – coincidentally coinci­ding with the crucifixion of Jesus.

Therefore, congregants believe their new uniforms are cleansed by the blood of Christ.

Believers are so passionate that they would not question at whose benefit they are being robed in new regalia.

In the 1980s, the American soul and gospel singing family The Staple Singers sang a song: “I’m just a soldier in the army of love.” This simply meant in the army of God, because God is Love.

The army is distinguished by its unique uniform from one country to the other.

Like the army, the Christian church’s main aim is to form an army that protects the love of God. It is upon the shoulders of this army to make God famous among the living.

A policeman, just like a soldier, wears his uniform with pride.

Congregants need to wear their uniform with the same pride. They are distinguished by their uniform and they need to set an example.

Churches like the Zion Christian Church (ZCC) and the International Pentecostal Holiness Church (IPHC) each have over two million members throughout the Southern Hemisphere.

These churches boast some of the most famous and colourful uniforms – and they are covered in the blood of Jesus.

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