ACCOUNTABILITY AT THE HEART OF TRUST
Article by Lindiwe Karosa
Prophet Shepherd Bushiri has created an uproar in Twitter streets after a snippet of yesterday’s Anointing Service did the rounds on social media. The prophet invited his followers to a virtual service in which he shared what many considered to be a very controversial message.
The snippet of the recording shows Bushiri urging his followers to deposit their offerings and tithes into the church’s bank account as seen on the screen. He reminds his followers to not listen to the devil, what other people may say or even their partners and for that, God will bless them.
South Africans are not only enraged at the Prophet’s profiteering tactics, but at the many citizens who are seen unapologetically worshipping the man in the comments.
The socioeconomic impacts of this nationwide lockdown are dire. Some citizens have lost sources of income and may not be in positions to even obtain essential goods, others might not be guaranteed their jobs at the end of this all.
This has left many people questioning how a self-proclaimed ‘man of God’ could ask for people to reach into their already-empty pockets and give the church money, instead of the church stepping up to assist citizens in need.