Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Chuaro Grace Zuzo's Why Pastor's Kid Refused to Go to Church

Grace Zuzo illuminates the confusion that arises in children when school teachings and church teachings differ. In Why the Pastor's Kid Refused to Go to Church, a young girl whose father is a pastor is taught in school that Saturday is the last day of the week, while she goes to church on Sunday. She begins to keep the Sabbath holy, as she is taught, on Saturday, the true last day of the week and staying home on Sunday, cooking and doing housework for her parents who are at church.

The book also illuminates the cultural differences and tensions of South Africa as she seeks for a church to attend on Saturdays, but cannot attend Jewish services, as black people are were not allowed to worship with white people under the laws of apartheid and there were no Jewish services for blacks. After many years of not attending church, believing that she should keep the true Sabbath holy, she finally discovers that in the tribal land of Transkei, Saturday is celebrated and honored as the Sabbath. She regrets keeping her motivations for not attending church secret, as she would have long ago discovered the disparities in the tribal observance of religion and the city practice. This book is a great way to explain the differences in church teachings and school teachings to children and helping them to find ways of reconciling two different modes of thinking, both of which they are taught to be correct. Finding a way to reconcile the teachings of schoolteachers and the teachings of pastors, both of whom children are taught to respect, becomes an increasingly important lesson in today's society, as diverging teachings are presented in both.