For those who think that the choice for the high purchasing power currencies or that the demand for the hard currencies is limited to an average man on the street, you may need to think twice. The church – and for that matter God – is in demand for the high purchasing currencies like dollars, pounds and euros – at least in the African religious domain. During a sermon last Sunday, at Namugongo Martyrs Church, outside Uganda capital, Kampala, the Rev Canon Christine Shimanya, the Anglican chaplain for Uganda’s parliament, made it clear that the church and God are not allergic to dollars. Congregations do not need to offer the Ugandan shillings only; rather, regular offering in dollars and pounds are encouraged, according to the priest.
Perhaps, to avoid the trouble of looking for a forex bureau, Rev Canon Christine Shimanya advised, Christians who have dollars and pounds they wanted to change to Ugandan Shillings for offering should rather offer the foreign currencies to the church.
“Bring those dollars and pounds, God needs them.” She advised.
Rev Canon Christine Shimanya is not alone in her demand for the higher purchasing power currencies. Canon Henry Ssegawa, another clergyman, has insisted that the church definitely needs money with higher purchasing power, to be able to solve its numerous financial commitments. It is although not clear if the local currencies cannot meet the financial demands of the church as well.
Since centuries back, it has been no secret that the church has shown no immunity to the urge for money. From misinterpretation of the Bible to achieve its aims, to open coercion of its poor congregations to forfeit their hard earned money, often at the benefit of their fastidious rich church leaders, the excessive love for money by the church has made many to question the motives behind the religion. It does not help matters that many of our so-called church leaders are not only living a flamboyant life, they have the little problem displaying their luxurious taste. Even though Rev. Shimanya’s advice may have been borne out of pure honesty, sadly, some might have Problems differentiating between a basking lizard from the one that has a stomach ache.
Unfortunately, the Rev Canon Christine Shimanya did not reveal whether the church would exchange the collected high purchasing power currencies at a forex bureau. Or would the church set up its own foreign exchange bureau to save costs? The later would be a smart business strategy, after all, if the Rev Canon Shimanya could come up with the high purchasing power currencies offering advice, definitely the church will have known how to apply sound economic skills to manage the collected foreign currency. Who says the gods are not smart economists?