Good Friday

In the midst of so much global upheavals, it is good to know one can always count on religious and financial leaders to remind us of who the “good guys” are not. A recent Russian bruhaha over whether Russian Orthodox Church leader, Patriarch Kirill I, wore a $30,000 Breguet timepiece (watch) or not is causing an internet stir. For good reasons too. This is a story of a national religious institution and its leader lying publicly repeatedly and being incompetent enough to cover their tracks. If he was a US politician, he would be resigning now. It is sad and frustrating when an institution that claims to be a moral compass of a country often displays lavish wealth and power, dishonestly, when a majority of its congregation is suffering under economic repression. One wishes there had been the same viral passion by Nigerians when one of their wealthy mega-Pastors claimed to be starting his own airline, in addition to the four private jets he owns and allegedly barely uses. Jesus Inc. is a thriving and good business in Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Might it be time to start forcing these corporations and their CEOs to start sharing their wealth with their congregants (did I just hear someone say “taxes”?)? It is a pity that those with the power to best do this might be major shareholders in Jesus Inc.


3 thoughts on “Good Friday

  1. I love this site. I also love intelligent sarcasm, which does not seem to be in short supply here! And, I’m happliy agnostic. I never got the meaning of “Good Friday”. I mean, they killed the guy. How great is that? So despots can be despots, and be saved for their despotism? That seems to be the point, at least my take on it. Oh, the happy poor, and the happy disposessed. I am really thinking of K Marx right now, and I think he really said it best. Next to alcohol and drugs, we have religion.

  2. Quote:”if he was a US politician he would be resigning” – more analogous might be a US church leader – how many have resigned due to sex scandals.cover-ups in the Catholic Church over recent decades?

  3. It’s easier for a camel to go through the hole of a needle than for a rich to enter Heavens.
    Those who make God’s enemies insult His Holy name will receive their rewards. Those who claim to represent God may be the worst ambassadors and y’all are right to point out their inconsistencies, but check yourself how consistent to your own beliefs you are. I’m just saying. I know this is shameful, but let’s not be so quick to judge. There’s plenty of room for all of us.

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