There’s a lot of nutters out there in the universe. That’s a fact. We also know that religious zeal can get you into some weird situations, and I guess that’s what’s happened here. A South African pastor called Lesego Daniel has somehow managed to convince his flock that by eating grass they will get closer to god.
Now I suppose weirder things have happened at sea, but this is pretty odd. His congregation is quick to defend his bonkers methods; Rosemary Phetha, 21, said: “Yes, we eat grass and we’re proud of it because it demonstrates that, with God’s power, we can do anything.” Well, there’s a pretty big rift between “anything” and “eating plants”. I’m not sure that god would be particularly impressed. Turning water into wine, now that’s a miracle. Walking on water, yup, that’s a miracle. Eating grass? Not that impressive really.
Rosemary goes on to say that eating grass healed her sore throat that had bugged her for over a year. Again, not much of a miracle really. Regrowing a limb: miracle. Restoring sight in the blind: miracle. Getting rid of a niggling cough: whatever. It was probably getting better any way.
Maybe Lesego can clear up the confusion for us, here’s what he said in the sermon that preempted this madness: “Come and eat so that your eyes may see. Simon Peter said: I am going fishing, this is wrong. He went back to the earthly position where Jesus found him. These are the types of miracles that will cause many to repent because this is the message through miracles, signs and wonders. Jesus did not come in a friendly manner because they were doing what Jesus did not tell them to do”.
Nope. That didn’t help. Here he is looking wise:
I bet he didn’t get down on his hands and knees to eat grass in that luxurious suit did he?
How did it all end? Find out on the next page.