Pay to pray
I found the November issue’s cover image, depicting a sombre Jesus figure in front of northern lights, very haunting. The illustration is fitting for Joel Barde’s investigation into the New Apostolic Reformation (“Second Coming”), an evangelical movement that has found substantial support among Indigenous communities in Manitoba and the North. This religious group — some members of which teach their followers that God will lift them out of poverty if they give money to their church — seems to be part of history repeating itself: it isn’t the first time Christian evangelical leaders have “saved” believers while taking their money. “Our tithes are going up, and our blessings are coming down!” said one NAR leader quoted in Barde’s article. It’s infuriating and saddening to see such manipulation from an organization that operates under the guise of Christianity.