Social Evils in the Church

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I don’t quite remember all the lessons I have learned in school but the one that left me shocked and upset was the one we had on the social evils in India. And it is deeply saddening that I have to write a post on this subject with regard to similar practices in the church.

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Here are a few that I know of.

“But he/she is not our caste.” Most of the time I’ve heard this mentality surface especially around the topic of marriage. My pastor friend says that such behaviour is not restricted only to marriage proposals but it is prevalent in other areas as well. To the point where in one church he witnessed the Lord’s table being divided to let the lower caste believers partake from separate cups and bread plates.

It is terrible and heartbreaking that a believer washed by the blood of Jesus would even make an observation of anyone being of another caste. This behaviour probably comes from a certain school of thought that marrying into their own caste would maintain the purity of their lineage. More than once this has caused me to be upset.

It does not matter what their background has been or what their family’s background is. As long as the person believes in the Lord Jesus as their personal Saviour and is washed by the blood of Jesus, their backgrounds are a past and should never be taken to consideration.

A friend shared a story of a woman would not let her daughter marry a man of another caste, and this friend of mine told her how she would not be taken up during the second coming of Jesus. Shocked at this statement the lady asked her why would she said that. My friend replied, “Oh because you believe in the caste system of the world and you don’t belong to the caste of Jesus.”

He/she is not fair. There cannot be a more damaging godless thought than to look down on a person for the lack of complexion as compared to yours. Really, it’s bout time that some of these christian matrimonial sites throw out the ‘looking for a fair’ line in their marriage applications.

I wonder how they would treat and behave if God gave them a child with darker complexion. If you who is reading this have even in the tiniest of thoughts looked down on another person for having a darker complexion than you, you better go on your knees and cry out for God’s mercy for you for looking down on God’s creation!

The rich and the poor. It is terrible that we have to even mention this, right? But we must. Because there are such differences even today even among the very congregation that we are a part of. The scripture instructs us to treat both the rich and the poor alike.

I once saw someone ask a not so well to do believer to stay out of the lift so that they could escort me. In all humility I say, we are no celebrities. We are servants. We quickly pulled that believer in with us to the embarrassment of the host. And it doesn’t matter if they may not invite us back again. If we cannot love them all equally like Jesus then we might as well step down from our church ministry.

VIP quota in the church. I am blessed to know my pastor friends who treat the stars and the other believers alike. However that is not the practice everywhere. The least in the church have no access to the pastor as much as the elite. Would a person’s finance and status cause them to treat them extra special?

No I’m not against honouring those who have added value, brought honour or even those who are in the government. But at no point should they be worshipped and promoted as if everyone else didn’t matter.

Here’s the real deal: There are no VIPs in the presence of God and JESUS is the only SUPER STAR in the Church! Love everyone but worship Jesus only!

Some of us sold our souls to the dollar. Our church, our ministries, our callings should not be allowed to easily be bought and run by money. I’m all for financial support. In fact, we need good people to bless and support ministries. I’m talking about not letting money be the only focus. But that will only happen if we put our trust in God and not in the money.

What are the other social evils you have come across in the Church? How can we eradicate these other than by praying?

 

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  • Mejosh

    Other Prayers, setting examples and do what Paul did 
    Galatians 2:11-13
    New Living Translation (NLT)Paul Confronts Peter11 But when Peter came to Antioch, I had to oppose him to his face, for what he did was very wrong.12 When he first arrived, he ate with the Gentile Christians, who were not circumcised. But afterward, when some friends of James came, Peter wouldn’t eat with the Gentiles anymore. He was afraid of criticism from these people who insisted on the necessity of circumcision. 13 As a result, other Jewish Christians followed Peter’s hypocrisy, and even Barnabas was led astray by their hypocrisy

    • Mejosh

      I mean other than Prayers, we need to set an example and also if need be confront as Paul did with Peter..in Gal 2 :11-13

    • http://www.shyjumathew.com/ Shyju Mathew

      Not easy but I agree that’s the only what. Thought blogging about it would be a good start. I hope we will pay more attention to these areas!

  • richard

    what about the subject of husbands who beat their wives – surprisingly this is still common in the church in India

    • http://twitter.com/KennethmyJesus Kenneth Justin

      Dowry……The Indian constitution has a dowry prohibition act,but The Church?????????

      • Vijay

         Well buddy , your uncle is a false prophet !!! It is as simple as that.

  • richard

    what about the subject of husbands who beat their wives – surprisingly this is still common in the church in India

  • KennethmyJesus

    Dowry……The Indian constitution has an Act against dowry,but The Church?????????One of my uncle,who says He is a prophet of God,preaches in a church every sunday abuses His wife’s parents over dowry,NOW.(they are married for nearly 20 years)..

    • Vijay

       Well buddy , your uncle is a false prophet !!! It is as simple as that.

  • http://twitter.com/ufff_yaar ★Indu Barla★

    Love this post. Even i have come across many evils like these in the church. One of the things i don’t like in here is that when a person offers something to the church in the form of cash why do the amount has to be announced.. Is this to show others that they are not capable of offering? n regarding the caste system, it’s rooted deep inside our Indian Culture. I tried to change the thoughts of some but it seemed like they didn’t want to change..

    I sincerely hope that this post of yous make a huge difference. Prayers for you. :)

    • Bernadine Wicket

      My children are just done with final exams and I recall teaching them about the social reformers like Raja Ram Mohan Roy, Swami Dayanand Saraswati, Lord Bentinck and many others who opposed social evils and fought against them.  But unfortunately these are still prevalent in many regions of our country.

      It is also unfortunate that some of the distinctions are still seen in our churches today especially when it comes to looking for a groom or a bride.  

      We can begin by praying and pull down those strongholds in Jesus name. 

      • kimkumar

        yes, prayer is the key

    • kimkumar

      Oops…I have seen this too, not in my church, but especially in churches in smaller towns and cities.

  • http://twitter.com/ufff_yaar ★Indu★ (✿Bonnie✿)♪

    Love this post. Even i have come across many evils like these in the church. One of the things i don’t like in here is that when a person offers something to the church in the form of cash why do the amount has to be announced.. Is this to show others that they are not capable of offering? n regarding the caste system, it’s rooted deep inside our Indian Culture. I tried to change the thoughts of some but it seemed like they didn’t want to change..

    I sincerely hope that this post of yous make a huge difference. Prayers for you. :)

    • http://www.olivedose.com/ Kim D’Souza

      Oops…I have seen this too, not in my church, but especially in churches in smaller towns and cities.

  • Bernadine Wicket

    My children are just done with final exams and I recall teaching them about the social reformers like Raja Ram Mohan Roy, Swami Dayanand Saraswati, Lord Bentinck and many others who opposed social evils and fought against them.  But unfortunately these are still prevalent in many regions of our country.

    It is also unfortunate that some of the distinctions are still seen in our churches today especially when it comes to looking for a groom or a bride.  

    We can begin by praying and pull down those strongholds in Jesus name. 

    • http://www.olivedose.com/ Kim D’Souza

      yes, prayer is the key

  • divya

    wonderful and awesome share,,,,,, God bless all who seek Him without partiality… we as a children of God and created in His image, we should be like Him in our ways and thoughts till End……

    • Bency Elizabeth

      I dunno I just have tears in my eyes to hear these things. This is just not good… Then what makes us chidren of God different from those that are in the world without the knowledge of the Truth?

      One thing that I came across in a church I was attending is, this church is a church run by a malayalee pastor and I was raised in the Gulf and they began tagging me as spoilt, and in everything would look down on me and I went through a lot of emotional distress at the time. But my God was faithful even then and He helped me. 

      • kimkumar

        Hmm, that indeed must be so hurting Bency. I Thank God for your faithfulness over your life sister, and thank God for your heart…

    • QRI_Musings

      We are all definitely in need of more of His grace. May the Lord help us to see others through His eyes. Blessings!

  • divya

    wonderful and awesome share,,,,,, God bless all who seek Him without partiality… we as a children of God and created in His image, we should be like Him in our ways and thoughts till End……

    • QRI_Musings

      We are all definitely in need of more of His grace. May the Lord help us to see others through His eyes. Blessings!

  • Bency Elizabeth

    I dunno I just have tears in my eyes to hear these things. This is just not good… Then what makes us chidren of God different from those that are in the world without the knowledge of the Truth?

    One thing that I came across in a church I was attending is, this church is a church run by a malayalee pastor and I was raised in the Gulf and they began tagging me as spoilt, and in everything would look down on me and I went through a lot of emotional distress at the time. But my God was faithful even then and He helped me. 

    • http://www.olivedose.com/ Kim D’Souza

      Hmm, that indeed must be so hurting Bency. I Thank God for your faithfulness over your life sister, and thank God for your heart…

  • ElizabethMathew

    I hope & pray that this post becomes an eye-opener to all …

    • QRI_Musings

      Amen! God bless you!

      • ElizabethMathew

        Oh !! Thanks :) !!

  • ElizabethMathew

    I hope & pray that this post becomes an eye-opener to all …

    • QRI_Musings

      Amen! God bless you!

      • ElizabethMathew

        Oh !! Thanks :) !!

  • Nishaline_cd

    Great revelation.
    Thanks God.

  • Nishaline_cd

    Great revelation.
    Thanks God.

  • Jamuna

    yeah in some churches people are not equally treated…they used to forget that we are all one in christ……The way they deal with the people differs…..Elections in church is so terrible………Fight..

    • QRI_Musings

      Considering others to be better than ourselves can make a world of difference…and a different world altogether. God help us to be more like Jesus! 

  • Jamuna

    yeah in some churches people are not equally treated…they used to forget that we are all one in christ……The way they deal with the people differs…..Elections in church is so terrible………Fight..

    • QRI_Musings

      Considering others to be better than ourselves can make a world of difference…and a different world altogether. God help us to be more like Jesus! 

  • bless

    very true.. blessed post.. let this be an eye opener

    • kimkumar

      amen

  • bless

    very true.. blessed post.. let this be an eye opener

    • http://www.olivedose.com/ Kim D’Souza

      amen

  • Sanjeetha_25

    Adding on to the social evils… People seperating and judging someone due to their past, when someone accepts the Lord and get baptized they become a new creation, all things have passed away! But church constantly reminds the person of their past mistakes and push someone away due to that person’s past… It could even be that the person was married and due to abuse and violence has been seperated… Some churches push them away even for that, if that person would have remained in that violent relationship and would have passed away? Christianity is about showing God’s love, but many are killing others by their words…

    • http://twitter.com/nightshade130 Sherline Tavaya

      When you think about it…Jesus’ ministry always touched the disenfranchised individuals…the (outside) people so to speak. He healed the lame, talked to the poor, the adulterers the demonized, the lepers (untouchables) who are typically the marginalized groups of society that tend to be treated as lessor people amongst the elite, the powerful, the rich and the popular which also include the Pharisees (who were a typical self-righteous group) who were often treated with higher esteem because of status and position. I do not believe that God intended for us to love people in a discriminatory way. We are the ones that need to learn how to love people in an inclusive kind of way. It is sad…but at the end of the day…Jesus was the true example of how we should treat others. He was all Powerful and completely Divine in nature and yet He came down as Jesus and esteemed others higher than himself and served so that we could learn what it means to have the heart of the father and serve the Father by serving each other no matter what race, creed, sexual orientation, age, nationality etc. Agape love in action needs to be demonstrated a lot in churches and amongst individuals in general…but that’s after we have tackled the Spirit of Pride so the humility becomes our clothing and garment of praise on a daily basis as we nurture it as part of our identity as Christians. That’s what I believe anyways.

      Sherline   

      • kimkumar

        Agree with you sister Sherline. If Jesus could love me without any condition, how much more should i love others…grace…

    • kimkumar

      Yes, I feel this is one real stronghold in churches. We are so quick to judge people based on the past, especially those who are on the leadership, often forgetting we all have a past. May this generation be different, Jesus…Sanjeetha, thanks for your inputs

  • Sanjeetha_25

    Adding on to the social evils… People seperating and judging someone due to their past, when someone accepts the Lord and get baptized they become a new creation, all things have passed away! But church constantly reminds the person of their past mistakes and push someone away due to that person’s past… It could even be that the person was married and due to abuse and violence has been seperated… Some churches push them away even for that, if that person would have remained in that violent relationship and would have passed away? Christianity is about showing God’s love, but many are killing others by their words…

    • http://www.olivedose.com/ Kim D’Souza

      Yes, I feel this is one real stronghold in churches. We are so quick to judge people based on the past, especially those who are on the leadership, often forgetting we all have a past. May this generation be different, Jesus…Sanjeetha, thanks for your inputs

  • nightshade130

    When you think about it…Jesus’ ministry always touched the disenfranchised individuals…the (outside) people so to speak. He healed the lame, talked to the poor, the adulterers the demonized, the lepers (untouchables) who are typically the marginalized groups of society that tend to be treated as lessor people amongst the elite, the powerful, the rich and the popular which also include the Pharisees (who were a typical self-righteous group) who were often treated with higher esteem because of status and position. I do not believe that God intended for us to love people in a discriminatory way. We are the ones that need to learn how to love people in an inclusive kind of way. It is sad…but at the end of the day…Jesus was the true example of how we should treat others. He was all Powerful and completely Divine in nature and yet He came down as Jesus and esteemed others higher than himself and served so that we could learn what it means to have the heart of the father and serve the Father by serving each other no matter what race, creed, sexual orientation, age, nationality etc. Agape love in action needs to be demonstrated a lot in churches and amongst individuals in general…but that’s after we have tackled the Spirit of Pride so the humility becomes our clothing and garment of praise on a daily basis as we nurture it as part of our identity as Christians. That’s what I believe anyways.

    Sherline   

    • http://www.olivedose.com/ Kim D’Souza

      Agree with you sister Sherline. If Jesus could love me without any condition, how much more should i love others…grace…

  • http://www.facebook.com/jo.ctc Josephine Ctc

    There’s another – Church politics. There are a lot of places where churches have become parliamentary houses.

    The servant mentality is lacking in most churches. People want themselves to be first rather than God. The Spirit is asked to sit in the corner while the people do the work.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jo.ctc Josephine Ctc

    There’s another – Church politics. There are a lot of places where churches have become parliamentary houses.

    The servant mentality is lacking in most churches. People want themselves to be first rather than God. The Spirit is asked to sit in the corner while the people do the work.

  • Asha

    This has been on my mind for a long time.. Very sad! May it be the desire and prayer of each member in the body of Christ that such practices be done away with! Really Heartbreaking :(

    • http://www.shyjumathew.com/blog Shyju Mathew

      Amen. Amen.

  • Asha

    This has been on my mind for a long time.. Very sad! May it be the desire and prayer of each member in the body of Christ that such practices be done away with! Really Heartbreaking :(

    • http://www.shyjumathew.com/ Shyju Mathew

      Amen. Amen.

  • Mejosh

    Other Prayers, setting examples and do what Paul did 
    Galatians 2:11-13
    New Living Translation (NLT)Paul Confronts Peter11 But when Peter came to Antioch, I had to oppose him to his face, for what he did was very wrong.12 When he first arrived, he ate with the Gentile Christians, who were not circumcised. But afterward, when some friends of James came, Peter wouldn’t eat with the Gentiles anymore. He was afraid of criticism from these people who insisted on the necessity of circumcision. 13 As a result, other Jewish Christians followed Peter’s hypocrisy, and even Barnabas was led astray by their hypocrisy

  • Mejosh

    I mean other than Prayers, we need to set an example and also if need be confront as Paul did with Peter..in Gal 2 :11-13

  • http://www.shyjumathew.com/blog Shyju Mathew

    Not easy but I agree that’s the only what. Thought blogging about it would be a good start. I hope we will pay more attention to these areas!

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