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Summary: For a while everything looks fine. Job, family, TV, money... Until one day when the life fragile balance is going to be disrupted by one of the same gods we used to worship during the week… Bam! a crisis around worship. Who/what is going to be my savior

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ILL. It was another year of drought for Himba, a tribe from Namibia Africa. Kuneni, a young man, went out as he did every day, to look for something to eat. No deer or other game, no fruits, no mushrooms, only a scorching sun… That day he discovered a bee hive in an unusual place, in a tree stump. Inserting a tube he begging sucking sweet honey…Would this be enough for him? He didn’t thing of other members of his tribe, or his own parents almost starving… But some kids passing by…

That they he discovered a bee hive in an unusual place, in a tree stump. Inserting a tube he begging sucking sweet honey…Would this be enough for him? He didn’t thing of other members of his tribe, or his own parents… But some kids passing by… Sow him on his knees with that tube in his mouth: What are you doing here?

- Well, I worship our gods. Family gods I give them my soul, blowing through this wooden tube – said Kuneni.

- Can we worship too with you?

- Sure, but careful - only once a day, and I have to do it first. You just look from distance, then you come and blow. Do not suck…Gods needs some of your souls…

So Kuneni and the boys “worshiped” several days, coming in the morning. Soon the whole tribe heard about Kuneni worship, giving his soul to some gods deep underground. Wow, what a godly young man… And they admired him, looking up how he is ignoring his hungriness, going every day early to his place of worship…But the rest of the day Kuneni was not particularly religious, nor interested in helping the hungry dying people around him. The tribe chief came too one morning, to worship. He blew air trough the tube. then he accidentally sucked honey… Kuneni fate still unknown until this very day.

The story is well known in Africa, and the saying “honey–worship” is used in relation with fake spirituality or cheap religion. True-worship vs. honey-worship, kind of sweet but fake,selfish, a substitute not related with God, but satisfying just own emotions/ feelings.

True Worship is not only biblical, engaging the Word, but Worship is also rational, engaging the mind. We live in an age when the sensation is king: people embrace the notion that if we don’t FEEL something, is not authenticity in it.

So feeling is the touchstone of reality. A secular song states: “It can’t be wrong - if feels so right”! And if it the sensations are “right”, we will do it. If not, thank you very much, I’ll try again latter. The two ugly twins: mindlessness and meaninglessness…

It’s our responsibility to let people know that worship is not all about feeling, but is a question of using the mind as well.

It is unacceptable to say this: when I go to my church, I feel like taking my brain out and sticking it under the pew like a chew gum, because I won’t need it. I just feel it all…

But worship is a conscious activity. We cannot worship without thinking. We are not transcendental meditation people or “Hare Krishna”, with our legs crossed in a funny Yogga position that will make everybody have bizarre thoughts.


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