This article is in continuation to our previous article. Many of the TPM Clergy and believers were saved by fishermen and defense personnel in this terrible flood. None of them were asked their religious affiliation before the rescue happened. They were taken in the same boat/helicopter in which there could be a poor man, a rich woman, a sinner, a Hindu, a Muslim or whatever. The TPM Clergy and believers buried the doctrine of separation and went to the relief camps without any reservations. This flood taught many so-called saints the meaning of equality. All of their religious exclusivity went for a walk. I would like to ask those people who were rescued if they saw different kinds of menu when food was served? Were there any special dishes for some and a lower grade for others? Did they have different kitchens like Pastors Kitchen in the relief camp?
Religion Lost, Humanity Won
Religion is in the business of dividing and subdividing people into different camps and making merchandise of them. The Clergies of different religion are in the business of snatching the people from other religions so that their income base increases.
And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not. 2 Peter 2:3
Thankfully the people of Kerala ignored the divisional walls created by various religions and united for the sake of humanity. I pray that this spirit of humanity survives and thrives even after the flood. The Bible recognizes only ONE Religion and it identifies as PURE RELIGION. This Pure Religion is called HUMANITY by many.
Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you. James 1:27
Reading between the lines, the above verse also says that False Religion Corrupts you.
And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. Matt 22:39
Good Samaritans vs Religious Clergy
There are a very large number of youths in Kerala who have not bothered to be involved in any religion. These people abhor religion and do not like to keep company with any of the Clergy. They are totally disenchanted with hypocrisy. But these are the very same youths which jumped to the rescue mission without any apprehensions. At the same time, most of them who proclaimed and taught exclusivity and religious fanaticism, were busy saving their own lives and properties. This reminds us of the parable of the Good Samaritan. When the Levi and the Priest were busy preserving their own consecration and showing their own exclusivity, the Good Samaritan did that was necessary to save the man’s life. (Luke 10:25-37)
The Fishermen(Good Samaritans) who came from Kollam, Trivandrum and Alleppey districts did not wait for a confirmation. They knew what they had to do. Their tasks were cut out clear. Once the relief work was almost over, the Government announced Rs 3000 per day for each of them for their work. Do you know what did the leader of the Fishermen say? He plainly refused to take the money and said that whatever he did was to save lives and not for any money. In fact they lost a precious week of fishing and hence monetary loss.
At the same time, contrast these fishermen with the Religious Clergy who claims that they are also Saviours and acts as brokers for the salvation of souls. They show a different face if you do not pay them enough. And if you happen to be monetarily poor, you are considered cattle class. They ensure their self preservation by misapplying the old testament doctrine of Tithe.
Tell me who represents the Good Samaritan to you. The Fishermen or the Religious Clergy? The Good Samaritan did not end up with some monetary profit. He did make losses monetarily to save the man. As a result he did not end up building a bigger Faith Home for himself, more convention grounds for himself neither did he grew a potbelly after that. Think over.
I wish many of our TPM Fanatics learn a lesson from the non-religious youths and fishermen who did a great work of saving people without any barriers. The flood waters covered up the boundaries set by men showing that God does not consider the barriers raised by men when he saves people or when he judges them. He loves the entire world and Mankind irrespective of any religious or geographic or political boundaries set by man.
The Kingdom of God was seen in Relief Camps . They are not seen in Church Buildings when you go there on Sundays. The Love seen in the Relief Camps were much genuine than the hypocrisy seen in Churches. Scratch a little bit over the artificiality we see in many churches and you will see it teeming with exclusivity, envy, pride, jealousy, drama and all kinds of malice.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
So from now on we regard no one according to the flesh. Although we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. 2 Cor 5:16
that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 2 Cor 5:19
On one side I am sad that many people lost their lives and possessions in the flood. But at the same time, I am glad that this flood brought down the barriers of hate and exclusivity raised by religions.