Dear God! Is This Hypocrisy or Worship? By @Yincar
Sir, I do not intend to be rude to you. I can’t be. Never. But I am angry, very angry. Can’t we just talk to you like normal human beings and get your blessings? Do we have to behave like mad men and women before you can answer our prayers? Where do I even start from? Well, I’m sure you know what I’m talking about because you are the All-Knowing God.
Recently, I have come to dread Friday nights and other nights and mornings when your children decide to go gaga like that Lady whom many say is a manifestation of the Biblical end time. Many, Christians and Muslims alike, do not care if their neighbours are complaining or not; they mount loudspeakers outside their places of worship and let out a din at regular intervals. Like the two Holy Books posit, there is no compulsion in religion, and even if one may not have anything against what they do in those sacred places, we are all entitled to some measure of peace. The fact that I am a Christian does not mean a church close to my house should deny me of sleep when nature calls. Those eight (or so) hours are very important.
Last Friday, I did not have the usual expectation of a sleepless night because it wasn’t the last Friday of the month. I was jolted by the very loud noise coming from the church, about 100-meters away. I just pity the residents of the buildings next to the church. If the noise is so loud in my house, how would it be at their end? Of course, I am never happy during the vigils because they deny me of sound sleep. Before anyone starts any fake theory, where the noise comes from does not matter, as long as it disturbs my right to peaceful sleep. Maybe that is why most of the clubs close to residential areas have sound-proof walls and doors such that loud as the noise might be inside the club, you can hardly hear it outside. Ours is an egalitarian society.
Baba, you see, though noise pollution is a general offence, sometimes, I don’t mind the noise from the church during the day. Why? Because they play some nice Gospel songs which one can easily relate to, as well as meditate upon. Even if I am not ‘born again’, or exactly where I want to be with you, I talk to you without having to make it obvious to everyone. Even when in the loo, I mutter words to you and I’m sure you don’t mind the stench from therein because I see your affirmative responses. Pardon me for the stench; I eat beans, boiled egg and the likes sometimes. But why do some people try to impress others when they worship you? Hypocrisy? I sigh.
The other day, a friend said he I should help him get a flat around my Estate. Why? The noise (during call to prayer) from the loudspeaker outside the Mosque next to him does not let him sleep well. And the consequence is that he sleeps in the office. And this friend can snore for Africa. I offered to help quickly so as to avert his imminent sack. But we had to look far; it couldn’t have been around my house because the big church here gives me sleepless nights during their vigils as well.
To stem this tide, the Lagos State government promulgated a law against noise pollution occasioned by mounting loudspeakers outside places of worship, blaring sounds from record vendors etc. Some of the known casualties are a church and a mosque within the Alausa Secretariat, which is the seat of government in Lagos. Both were sealed for violating the law of the land. But there are many more of them (churches, mosques, music record vendors et al) that would not change. Many will readily hide behind the fact that they are worshiping you. Of course, we won’t judge anyone as you admonish us not to, but we are not fooled by their tomfoolery. I know you are a very patient God, and I will still not choose the path of hypocrisy in the quest to be on the same page with you.
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