Philip wrote:This is the disease in the "Christian" community with converts. Most have converted to get rid of their caste backgrounds and socially move upward, but discover that so-called upper- caste Christians control certain churches and keep them out of parish committees,etc.Virtual wars are going on in dioceses where difference church names can indicate which caste runs the show.Elections for
the post of Bishop are as sordid as in our political elections. Frankly,there is little "Christian" in such cases.It is a mere label for acquiring power,influence and money and worst of all,these activities are encouraged by political parties of ALL hues,as they want the caste votes!
Cant speak of other states but in AP, contrary to the propaganda, the first christians were upper castes Reddys from rayalaseema, upper caste Kammas and Kapus in Coastal Andhra. It was these upper caste pastors who became native informants for British and American missionaries. Together they came up with these propaganda narratives of "casteless christianity" and "social advancements for lower castes who convert" even though they themselves have no intention of giving up their caste privilege. Even now, most of the christian leadership in AP are upper caste converts.
Now conversion became a big business model.
step 1. Convert to Christianity yourself
step 2- Approach a US or European missionary organization and give them a project plan on who many people you can convert for how much price.
step 3 - recruit some people locally (who will also convert for money) and with their help meet your conversion targets
step 4- Request more money from your foreign sponsors for more conversions.
Between step 2 and 3, there is lot of scope to swindle money for yourself and make yourself rich.