‘Is it good practice and if not how to make it better’

 

There is a time to be happy and a time to cry- a line which everybody is familiar with. The happiest moment for a man and a woman is the holy marriage. Very soon a row of marriage parties will be coming up because winter (usually the marriage time) is fast approaching. This will be a tempting time for those who conduct the marriage ceremonies.

Whether correctly or incorrectly informed it is made known from very reliable sources that a marriage party gifts with a nice suit and a gold ring to the pastor who conducts the marriage.

If this is true then it is really ridiculous and very unbecoming on the part of the sanctified preacher. A pastor should never accept such gifts even if tempted. At the most, accepting a few eatables from the marriage party is good enough for courtesy sake. Excepting a few, a marriage is a big burden to the parents of the brides and the grooms and unfortunately here in our state it is celebrated in a very expensive way which seems (with due apology) not very wise. Will it not be good if it is done in a more humble and economic way because, besides the burden to the parents, there is no guarantee that a marriage will last for life and there are quite a number of failed marriages in spite of the fact that the same was performed in an extremely expensive way. I strongly believe our Lord will rather look into the purity of the marriage and not how grandly the same was celebrated.

Our Lord Jesus said, “I am not of this world”, and Christian preachers are expected to be strict followers of this doctrine. Reverends and pastors are suppose to be sanctified ones and we expect them to be meek and humble and not given to worldly things.

A pastor is given perks like free accommodation, telephone) electricity, water bills and all sorts of mission journeys with connected expenses are borne from the church fund. Apart from all these he is also given a high monthly salary especially in the district headquarter churches. It is also really surprising how some preachers become very well off in course of time. It is high time for them to seriously ponder upon these issues so that they do not become a stumbling block to the general public. They are fishers of man and not fishers of amenities, if I am permitted to say so.

As the Lord says, “There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs.”(Luke 12:2-3).

This write up is given so that the erring preachers are alerted and that they will resist the various worldly temptations because Satan is constantly trying to mislead all of us every moment of the time.

It is most respectfully requested to the readers of this article to view it without any prejudice and duly apologize if anyone’s sentiments are hurt.

Jonathan Naga

AG colony

Kohima

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