The Offerings Paradox.

Definition: a paradox is a statement or proposition that, despite sound (or apparently sound) reasoning from acceptable premises, leads to a conclusion that seems senseless, logically unacceptable, or self-contradictory.

'Where's the money woman?'
‘Where’s the money woman?’

I can’t blog about money in Kenya without writing about our churches and their incessant insistence on offering to ‘God’. That would be a blatant injustice of mine to my fellow country dwellers.

First of all, God doesn’t need our money. Let’s just get that out of the way. If this supreme being was able to create the world, the moon, the stars and even us as it is depicted in the bible, then what use does he have with our money?

You know who needs money? Man needs money.

So why then do we Kenyans crowd our churches every other Sunday with our wallets and pouches full of our life savings and the only nickels and dimes that we worked so hard for only to lay it down in a basket as an offering to God that will obviously be used by these ‘men of God’.

Or do we think that the pastors will put the money in a rocket ship of some kind and send the money to heaven?

This naivety that we have as a people is beyond me. It sickens me. If you want to go church, thats fine, go. But leave your money at home. God has no use for it. You need that money for food, for clothes, for school fees, for bus fare and many other essential and logical things that money is for.

This financial illiteracy is just too sad. You walk to church every Sunday, while your pastor drives in with a motorcade of prados and rangerovers that he or she bought with YOUR money that you so loyally and humbly give as the good christian you are.

Let me ask you something. Do you think your pastor gives money to anyone? Do you think your pastor gives out an offering?Granted he or she might put some money in the basket at the church service, but that’s HIS basket. It’s like he took the money from his right pocket and put it in his left pocket. It’s still HIS money!

It is a problem. It is a financial disease that we have and one which we choose to ignore. This is a financial blog about money in Kenya, I have no problem with religion. So if you want to go to church, just go, it’s ok, you have freedom of worship in Kenya.

Just please leave your hard-earned money at home.