Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Does The Society Know You Are Wearing A Veil?

           There is a common saying that everyone has a skeleton in their closet. Will that be you whom everyone respects behind those despicable emails in most forums or comments in websites? Are you the person your kids think you are? Are you the hospitable white person the black people see during the day, or are you the hateful Klan member who plots their death at night?  Is it you who employs illegal immigrants but votes against illegal immigration? Aren’t you the one who bashes gays on the pulpit but sleeps around with them? Aren’t you the kids’ lover everyone in the community knows who is molesting that little girl? Jesus told the scribes and Pharisees, “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.” (Mat 23:25). If God and human beings were to take your picture, will they look like the same person? What veil are you wearing? Yes, what mask are you wearing?  

You know you have one. The Muslim women wear the burqa and believe it or not, they take pictures while in those veils. They know what they look like, but they leave it for the society to paint a caricature of the person behind the burqa.  It is very clear for some like the Muslim women who wear the burqa, but it is also perceptible with the politicians and other hypocrites. They all have two faces that they wear one in public and a different one in private. The majority wear a mask that no one sees.

Mr. Hooper in The Minister's Black Veil said "I, perhaps, like most other mortals, have sorrows dark enough to be typified by a black veil." Mr. Hooper is positing here that everyone has a secret sin that they hide from the society. It may not be too true, but it is not far from the truth, and it should not be like this. Why do people put on the mask? If a Christian still has secret sins that are hidden from others, then he/she has not come to full transformation.

Another story again from Hawthorne is Young Goodman Brown (YGB). When the book opens, Young Goodman Brown believes in who the people say they are until he makes the grim discovery in the Forest. He describes his wife Faith in these words “Well, she’s a blessed angel on earth; and after this one night, I’ll cling to her skirts and follow her to Heaven.” The way the wife was acting, he felt like if parousia came, he will hold her skirt, and she will drag him into heaven. Those whom he thought were the perfect Christians were really hypocrites who wined and dined with the devil in the dance of the forest. After he met her partaking in the evil forest, he cried “"My Faith is gone! There is no good on earth; and sin is but a name. Come, devil; for to thee is this world given."

This is what happens nowadays. Social media especially are places where people create their own avatars or even doppelganger according to the prescription of the society. That is why some of them take brushed up pictures to place on their profiles and praises start pouring in. “Oh, you look beautiful”. “Oh, you are great”! “Oh, a happy couple”!  “Oh, you are such a nice family”! They know that their family is falling apart. They know that they are not the skinny athletic girl they parade on their profile. They know that they are not the happy couple their picture shows. They know that they do not want people to see them in real life, yet for a moment, it makes them feel good and the hero or heroine of the society.  They are wearing a mask. Nevertheless, they know who they are behind that mask.  Yes, they know themselves!

The reason why Hawthorne became critical of the Christians was because his father was a preacher, and he had seen too much of their hypocrisy. Election Clearance Sale language and Pulpit Talk are now common amongst people. Gaddafi explained to us about Election Clearance Sale. He said that, “it is an election lie. A person lies and lies to people just so that they will vote him. Later on when they ask him you promised us this and that. He will say no, it was just election propaganda”. A preacher was grilled as an idle listener of his own sermons, and he said it was “mere pulpit talk”. On the pulpit he is very holy, but off the pulpit he is sinful.

Those who have read the book The Whiteman of God, will understand when Big Fadda unmasks the shigwala, and finds his leading convert behind the mask. This is the biggest problem today with not only Christianity but also humanity where people are not what you think they are.

I remember I was friends on Facebook with a lady who wrote that she wanted us to use a second name because her real name did not permit her to make personal comments as a public officer. I told her that every politician wears a mask. Which name does she want to use to deceive us with? She got angry and unfriended me. She knew that what she meant was I want a name that I can deceive you all and will not matter anyway.

Does the church and society know you as a devoted husband, but you are fathering out of wedlock, or are you the devoted mother with a sancho? Are you the person people know you to be, or you bear two names? They know you as a great guy, but you are a murderer; a serial killer. Man may not know who you really are, but God knows each and everyone of us and will bring us to judgment.  It is not normal to have a skeleton in your closet, and it is hypocritical to wear a veil. It is two-faced to present a perfect picture to the world of what you are not. Therefore, I urge you today to be what people know of you so that the picture God has of you will be the same person the society knows. If you have been living a double life, it is time for you to confess and forsake the duplicity. Take off your mask now in Jesus name and confess your sins so that you will obtain mercy.  Yes, take off that veil now!

Until then, may you be true to yourself and others.

Prince & PA Hamilton Ayuk.

“Bonyfish beware because the same net that caught the jawless fish, caught the cartilaginous fish” (Hamilton Ayuk). Beware earthly paradise seekers because there is a serpent in every paradise"(Hamilton Ayuk). Idle people write, idler people read, and idlest people read and whine that idle people are taking their time (Hamilton Ayuk).

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