Where will you be my darling? Where will you be when the dark is rising?
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
So, like I said, I got hired on the 16 of May, which also happened to be International Metalheads Day. It's not official, but its a pretty informal commemoration of Ronnie James Dio's death. Regardless, Symposium filmed a metal video to celebrate. They went around different places showing a placard of metal, and headbanged all over Sunway. The video will explain it all.
Anyway, with metal, alcohol was a must! We had our symposium for that day. Interestingly, this drinking session of ours was different from the usuals we had. The general rule of what we have in symposiums is normally I Have Never, followed by Ping Pang Wah, and finally The King and I. Then after we're all sick (literally) of the dares and such, we'll just chat, drink and share stories. That night, it was different. We needed some new drinking games, and came up with a few. Since it was a commemoration of metal, the theme of the games would revolve around metal. One would be a game where we needed to name a band, or a song and the last letter of the band or song would be the letter of the next band or song someone needed to come up with. If there was no answer, everyone would drink. Second was a game I modified from one of the church's cellgroup games, where we could use a maximum of three words to describe anything. The number of words you used to describe would be the number of shots you take. Despite the games being fresh and new, we still had plenty of fun.
After this we chilled and ate and later just started talking about theoretical questions. Out of Symposium, which 2 would you take on a zombie apocalypse? Which 3 people would you bring to a shelter from the end of the world? Who would you personally want to have sex with? Which two people would you choose to die? Which 2 people would you want to change aspects of? Let's just say the answers were really, really interesting.
Anyway, later on that week I also had a very unique cellgroup meeting also. Instead of Faith preaching to us, each one of the cellgroup members would preach; on a verse in the book of Proverbs. I spoke on Proverbs 11:9 "The hypocrite with his mouth destroys his neighbor, but through knowledge the righteous will be delivered." I spoke about how hypocrisy is the biggest deterrent to unbelievers. When it comes to Christianity, the general people surprisingly don't tend to argue as much on the historical reliability, or whether what it teaches is valid. However, when they see a Christian acting in a way he shouldn't, or has is the victim of a Christian not acting in the way he should, that hurts and reflects on the religion as a whole.
So I spoke about three groups of people that showed how strong hypocrisy is, as a deterrent to Christianity. First were certain Christians who were involved in the Crusades. When the Muslims invaded and took over the Holy Land, the Muslims treated the Christian prisoners a lot better than many Christian feudal lords. To think that your invaders treat you better than your own lords who have the same belief system. Granted, this was in the earlier days of the Crusades, when the Caliphates were a lot more tolerant. And they did put heavier taxes on Christians, while lighter ones on Muslims. Thus nominal Christians converted, and left their faith, because apart from financial convenience, they at least saw what was sorely lacking in their own previous lords. And don't forget the Fourth Crusade, where Western Christians ended up killing Eastern Christians, when they were supposed to be fighting the Muslims invaders. Thousands of followers were lost through simple hypocrisy.
Secondly, was Gandhi. One thing Gandhi said was "I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ". Considering Gandhi is like one of the most peaceful and non-violent people ever, his words hold a lot of weight when it comes to this. Gandhi was even rejected entry from a church because he didn't seem civilized enough to attend their church. What if Gandhi had been accepted into the church and became a Christian? His life and example would be a great way for people to get to know Christ. But because of what he experienced, and what he saw, he turned to Hinduism. And thus millions of Hindus can lay claim that one of the greatest promoters of peace was a Hindu, and also losing potentially, millions of followers who could've become Christians.
Third was about Satanism. I spoke on Laveyan Satanism. While Anton Lavey played the organ for his circus/carnival, he saw the hypocrisies of Christians every single week. He said he saw Christian men going to strip shows, then going to church the next day, repenting, and repeating the entire cycle. This disgusted him, and he realized then that the Christian church strives on hypocrisy, and even came up with a very funny statement, the 9th Satanic Statement "Satan has been the best friend the church has ever had, as he has kept it in business all these years!" Thus as he got interested in occult things, he founded his own religion as an antithesis to Christianity, standing in opposition to nearly everything Christianity stood for. And with the millions of Satanists around the world, again, there is the loss of potential believers.
And so, I highlighted how hypocrisy affects so many people. And the interesting fact that people will observe you, and how your faith affects what you're like. If it's contrary to your beliefs, people may not condemn you, but people will see, and it'll make an impression on them, big or small. For the remaining part of the verse I spoke how through knowledge the righteous will be delivered. People need knowledge. To know why they believe, and not to just blindly follow religions. To not pick and choose what they want to follow, and ignoring other things that seem inconvenient. To read and really learn what their belief is all about, and to follow it to the best you can, not blindly.
Yeah. After that I took a Bible quiz and ended up tied in the top with Jee Kit. 26.5 out of 30. I would've got the highest if I didn't mess up questions involving CHCKL. When it came to the Bible though, I scored perfect. But I'll be representing the cellgroup for a zone-wide Bible quiz. So I hope I do well. And please have less questions of the church, and more on the Bible. Through the quiz, I realized I don't know the official address of the church!