Richard Anthony Chemaly
5 minute read
29 Oct 2021
5:47 pm

Snorting coke for Christ, going topless against racism, and other pointless gestures

Richard Anthony Chemaly

Richard Chemaly believes agreeing on a gesture everyone could get behind could have avoided the entire De Kock saga.

Captain Temba Bavuma of South Africa takes the knee ahead of the match against the West Indies at Dubai International Stadium on Tuesday. The Proteas won the game on a drama-filled day which saw Quinton de Kock pull out of the side. Picture: Francois Nel/Getty Images

Since my school days, I’ve had this fantasy about starting a Christian club called “Snorting Coke for Christ” because even back then, it seemed a person could do no wrong as long as they did in the name of The Lord and Saviour. From heavy metal to skateboarding, and, if you want a really scandalous interpretation of evangelism, search for “flirty fishing”. The idea here isn’t to knock Christianity but rather to illustrate that a perfectly reasonable goal of faith, salvation and worship can have incomprehensible means. But as far as my Snorting Coke for Christ club goes, I’m going...