|Gospreneurship, the new art of making money|
|Friday, 13 July 2012 08:54|
In the village in the land of milk, honey and dust or Guruve, God is too huge a figure, too feared, too respected, too important and too distant for any one single person to claim to have express access to Him.
Of course, this villager writes this article expecting a backlash from pseudo-Christians and not real Christians, for one does not plunge into the river in winter and then run away from the cold. It is expected!
Village elders say the best defence against logic is ignorance, desperation and gullibility. In the same vein they say the only thing achievable in life without effort is failure, for failure is mainly achieved by keeping a redundant mind forever gathering dust-like and old book. When it comes to religion and religiosity, the art and the belief, a suffering human being becomes weak, susceptible and clueless, automatically surrendering to the occult in fear of the unknown.
Then, perception becomes reality. Fear of the unknown transforms into gullibility and the very little that one has can easily be given away to the few who are enterprising and claiming to have express access to God. The poor, the hungry and the less fortunate, get seriously under pressure from the fortune-tellers that they part with their meals and even go hungry, after being hoodwinked that they are investing in God, by these enterprising smartly dressed self-styled prophets.
These are the latter day businessmen, entrepreneurs or gosprenuers, using the bible to line their pockets, while milking the sick and the suffering of their hard-earned cash. Religion then provides the much-needed smokescreen behind which these men hide their gospreneurship. It is the biggest and fastest growing industry in Zimbabwe and beyond.
That gospreneurs perform miracles is not in dispute, for, since time immemorial, both the evil and holy perform miracles, but the question is that of authenticity.
Now there is another aspect on the sitting arrangements of one of the congregations this villager attended recently, the bowls are classified as gold, bronze, silver and even platinum in terms of those who tithe the most and those who tithe the least. Fat pockets sit by the golden bowel and the thinnest sit by the platinum or silver bowels. In some huge money-spinning churches, they use rubbish bins, the black plastic bins we use in our homes. That is gospreneurship, for you. The problem with modern society is that one man can achieve more than a thousand others since what is popular is not always right and yet, what is right is not always popular.
This villager, had the last laugh this week after all the hullabaloo about men of cloth — of course many times often caught without clothes or pants down with married members of their congregation — those forever clad in designer suits and looking elegant yet stealing from the poor and the gullible.
This is precisely the point the villager was making in the last installment that there is need to authenticate the prophets and that the spirit mediums are even more transparent than the prophet when it comes to anointing and homecoming or possession.
If the spirit mediums, the traditional autochthons of Zimbabwe agree to be registered what about these young guys? That is the law for you. They have to pass the trade test as well before registration, for this country, the land of Munhumutapa and Nehanda is not a free for all. Anyone who is genuine should be prepared to go the journeymanship. Does anyone recall the story of Daniel in the lion’s den? The lions lost appetite, completely, upon seeing him pray and what do you think about the crocodiles that scamper for cover when genuine spirit mediums plunge into the waters of Dande River?
In a country of many, there are bound to be genuine prophets and fake ones and it is therefore, necessary for us to regulate and ensure that everyone adheres to fair practice. If people who knock around a mere ball with their feet for 90 minutes are registered and regulated what about prophets and spirit mediums who deal with the delicate human life.
Finally, if a single mother from yonder Mbire communal lands travels all the way to Botswana, Zambia and South Africa to import a few blankets for sale and is taxed, what makes the Zimra fail to tax gospreneurs? They are making thousands, if not millions of dollars in broad day light?
It is high time Zimra re-looks at the tax regime because even businessmen and bankers like Tawanda Nyambirai have said the churches, can actually bail out struggling financial institutions. This is a realisation that, the gospreneurs have the money. Making money makes sense!