Tuesday, April 24, 2007

A Congregation’s Parlour

The gates to Pitch Oil Heaven - A pastor and a shopkeeper

In the Constitution of Trinidad and Tobago, parable (c) affirms for nationals to have asserted their belief in a democratic society in which all persons may, to the extent of their capacity, play some part in the institutions of the national life. So said so done.

These two eloquently painted wall signs are placed between a gate of a private resident. Situated on the quiet streets off Aranguez, Eastern Main Road, Trinidad, "The Noah's Ark Spiritual Baptist Church" is to the left, and "Yes gas sold here, cigarettes, icy cold Pepsi, pitch oil and black disinfect" to the right are as puzzling as the written script. It is unclear why these signs are so similar, either way they were painted by an artist who has a knack for typography, and the passion for the letter G.

But one should question in conscious, the debate over collection money, and the grave temptation to spend it on other things more gratifying, and that has nothing to do with the "Lord". Say some cigarettes or a icy Pepsi. Church goers to Noah's Ark may wonder too why Sunday sponge cakes and cheese puffs are not listed" or the Church itself may be profiting by operating the shop as part of their own, those cake sales just don't bring in the cash. - thebookmann

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