“Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation”
Emeka frowned at the statement of Pastor Johnson, “Is it God that eats the money? How can I just throw my money to someone who did nothing to deserve it?” he wondered. He hissed and pocketed his hands, fuming while watching those who had begun bringing out cash filled envelopes to offer to God.
“Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse of the Lord”, Pastor Johnson continued, “and He shall bless thee abundantly and rebuke the devourer for your sakes”
“Foolish men” he hissed again, and sat down angrily.
Emeka suddenly began to smile as another thought crossed his mind. He had just won twenty thousand naira after partaking in a lottery. He stood up and pocketed his hands again, swelling his shoulders as he thought about the fresh naira notes he had excitedly littered on his bed in his one room apartment, feeling big. He imagined himself on those expensive Versace clothes he had been dreaming of, he thought of what a night with Cassandra would look like, his smile widened and he nodded his head with pride, casting big-man glances left and right, acknowledging his skill in playing the lottery game.
He suddenly became annoyed with the delay in church by so many programmes. He grabbed his Bible, and with an angry stare at the speaking Pastor who looked like he would still take another one hour, he stormed out of the church.
Emeka hastily inserted the key into the hole and speedily began to turn left, he could not bring himself under control of his heightened excitement. But then, he could neither bear the shock that greeted him when he flung the door open; five rats doing justice to the papers on the bed! He could barely trace a thousand naira note in one piece. Emeka was stiffened by the shock for a moment as he stared at the rats enjoying themselves on the bed, and discussing in their annoying language, perhaps the sweetness of their afternoon meal.
He fainted afterwards.