The popular saying: “When in Rome, do as the Romans”, must have probably been sounded numerous times in the ears of human beings across the world.
However, the saying did not seem to resonate with a chef and food critic, Chef Opeyemi, who was barred by a church on Saturday from undertaking groomsman activities for a friend of his because he wore earrings onto the sacred ground.
An aghast Opeyemi, who disclosed this on his Twitter handle on Saturday, stated that the incident occurred at a Baptist church in the Isolo axis of Lagos State.
According to him, one of the reverends of the church informed him that he would not be allowed to perform his function due to the earrings he was spotted wearing.
The chef decided against removing the earrings and left the church, adding that he was accompanied by his friend who took photographs of him wearing the piece of jewellery.
Opeyemi blasted Nigerian churches over their dress code, saying he “hope(s) they have fine dining restaurants in hell”.
And to the team ‘Do it for your friend’, the friend escorted me out while we laughed about it.
He snapped the pictures I posted and said ‘see you at the reception, if dem born your papa well, no spray me’.
— Food Critic (@ChefOpeyemi) October 2, 2021
The tweets elicited reactions from Nigerians on Twitter, a large number of them assumed to be Christians, who blasted the chef for not conforming with the dress code of the church.
Some others lampooned him from questioning the church’s decision to enact and enforce its dress code.
Below are some of the Twitterati reactions to Opeyemi’s tweets’ rage:
Does not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame to him?
Paul is saying that common sense “nature”.tells us that men should look like men, not women. Dey shuld not have long hair, bcuz it is a sin“a shame.”
— Sultan of Abuja (@Atren_) October 2, 2021
Schools, Workplace, Restaurants, even some Night Clubs have Dress Codes but when a Church does its a Taboo & they deserve Hell.
It's your guys best day on his life yet, it's just Ear Rings you can take it off few an hour to honor your guy
— King Nom Nom 👑 (@Odogwu_Nomso) October 2, 2021
A million dollar presentation at Dangote Group & you are told, young man take off your earrings before this Presentation, will you walk away? Your life, your choices, the church, its doctrines. This is a failed attempt at ridiculing that church. Wokeness in Christianity is 🚩.
— Thomas NOT Sankara (@Isidore0001) October 2, 2021
The church is right to say they don’t want you to wear an earring inside because it’s their rules.
You’re right to leave because you don’t agree with their rules.
It’s the last part of your tweet that is wrong. Totally unnecessary
— Edmund 💉 (@EdmundOris) October 2, 2021
This is pure disobedient
If you cannot obey a simple rule in the house of God then I don't know what to say again
— Arinze (@arizonaboston) October 2, 2021
It takes nothing, absolutely nothing to take off the ring and put it right back when you leave the church.
— Chijioke (@PlainBlak) October 2, 2021
Great friend u got, he’s selfless, but u ain’t
— A banter (@kingtobbie) October 2, 2021
I'm an Agnostic and I don't do religion. But if I'm to honour my guy during his wedding and I'm told not to do some certain things, honestly, I'd so gladly obey.
I attend churches and go to mosques for my guys and I obey their rules.
This guy is damn WRONG & messed his guy up.
— Zikel (@Edward_Onoriode) October 3, 2021