“The Seven Social Sins are:
Wealth without work.
Pleasure without conscience.
Knowledge without character.
Commerce without morality.
Science without humanity.
Worship without sacrifice.
Politics without principle.― Frederick Lewis Donaldson
Raise a big shout. Raise shout for God so that he can hear us. He has not gone on a journey; it may be that he is not just listening to us, so let us shout. Let us shout so that he can hear us. We should shout. The Israelites shouted and the wall of Jericho came falling down. Let us also shout so that our wall of Jericho will fall down. Our shouts are not loud enough. Why can we not get an amplifier and build state of the art speakers so that our noise can go as far as possible. If our noise and shout cannot penetrate the ionosphere how do we think our inner feelings will reach our Father in heaven? So brothers and sisters let us shout. The louder the better. The more decibels notched the better for us. Shout onto God and let him hear our prayers. It may be that he needs constant prodding to hear us clearly, who even knows taking his age into consideration, he may be going partially deaf. So shout brothers, shout sisters and then he will hear.What does it matter if our shout can wake up the dead? Will that not be a miracle? Of what importance is it that our worshipping halls are in residential areas and our neighbours will want to sleep or do some other restful activities while we are on our shouting match for God? Must we care about them? We should not, is the injunction not that we must love ourselves first before we love our neighbours? Our prayers, vigil, songs and dances are for the Almighty Creator so why should we be bothered with the feelings and needs of our neighbours? Our prayer may even be the saving grace for this country. When a country is full of sin like ours, is it not because of the righteousness of a few that the Almighty thinks of and saves the nation?
So get the concert speakers. Get the best microphones and get the best voice synthesizers and let us shout to God. He is listening to us, so why should we bother about what others think of our incessant noise to the Almighty. At least our business is not with them it is with our creator. He is not complaining, is He? Even if we look at it, we are not the only one who is on the shouting spree. What of our half brothers, are they not the one that reminds us five times daily that we need to pay a visit to our Creator. People are not complaining about them, so why must we bother? Get your cymbals, tune your guitar, clean your trumpets and saxophones and let us dance on to God. Let us with a joyful noise show our appreciation of the kindness of God. If people turning the backside of their great-grand father after forty years can close the streets and be engaged in mindless noise and wasteful expenditure because they are celebrating a party, why must we not celebrate Jesus and our God with noise, cacophony and high decibel. So go on, give a shout to God.
It is the amount of the shout that we make which will determine the level of our acceptance in the kingdom of heaven. Even if this noise contradicts what Jesus himself said that:
When thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are; for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, they have their reward. But thou, when thou prayers, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathens do for they think that they shall be heard for much of their speaking. (Matthew 6:5-7 KJV).
We do not need to bother. Jesus was not born in the era of microphones and megaphone. He is too humble and reflective, how can people know that we know God if we do not shout and disturb the neighbourhood. Aren’t we expected to be holy? Do we need to obey the injunction of being silent as the psalmist explained and knowing that God is God? Do we need to follow God who talks in whispers with Elijah rather than in wind or thunder? Is our God not a God who loves noise and cacophony? If not, why did he want the Israelites to shout seven times around the walls of Jericho? The more we can shout, the better our prayer reaches God. Sorry to say, the Hell can our neighbour go to if they do not like our noise and shout.
By the way, why do we need to care about what the neighbours feel whether we wake them in the middle of the night through our vigils or we do not allow their babies to sleep in the night? Don’t they know that we are doing the work of God and this will surpass any other and conveniences? Why do they need to be convenient? They are all unbelievers aren’t they? When have we been bothered by ‘Kaffir’s or ‘Pagans’, do we need to bother about them? They are inconsequential. They are not our neighbours and even if we disturb them, thrice in the week during our vigils, can they complain? At least they have never complained when the outside parties are held? Nor have they raised their voices when our cousins shout down on them five times every day? Do we really need to be blamed? No, what has our neighbours done to the sirens on the road or the incessant cacophony at the bus stops or even the wife batterer practising his art? They haven’t said anything so, it means noise is second nature to them. Why should we then think and put ourselves in their positions? If they cannot sleep, they can as well join us as we shout to the Almighty.
Forget about productivity and the effect of our noise on health, what we need is a joyous shout. Let us shout to the Lord and celebrate our insensitive natures, that will bring us closer to God would it not? So shout Hallelujah to the Almighty and let those who do not believe roast in the hell they have created for themselves. Hallelujah somebody!