By Leonard Karshima Shilgba
It is not difficult to tell the outcome of a certain lifestyle; just examine the choices of the present. This is true for the individual as it is for a family or nation. No man, woman, or nation shall escape the consequences of today’s choices or lifestyle. When society replaces the calling of responsibility with the expectations of the miraculous it has set itself on the journey of serial disappointment. Divine miracles are not a substitute for social responsibility just like prayers to God cannot be weapons against the divine will in season, method, or location.
Jesus Christ says: “If you’re honest in small things, you’ll be honest in big things. If you are a crook in small things, you will be a crook in big things. If you’re not honest in small jobs, who will put you in charge of the store?” (Luke 16:10-12 MSG) Faithfulness involves being honest to yourself, family, employers, employees, colleagues, and neighbours. And being honest demands that we tell the truth and be true to our conscience at all times. The quotation of Jesus Christ is like this in the King James Version: “He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much; and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. If therefore you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon (riches), who will commit to your trust the true riches? And if you have not been faithful in that which is another man’s, who shall give you that which is your own?”
Can you say that you are faithful to your spouse, family, community, business, organization, neighbours, or country? Do you properly take care of other people’s possessions, investment, or companies? Are you faithful to your employees or employers? Are you seeking a bigger opportunity to serve? How are you serving now where you presently occupy? Do you seek to own your house; how are you taking care of the rented house you are living in? Are you seeking a better country; how faithful are you in managing a portion of it in your community? The song writer writes: “Do not wait until some deed of greatness you may do; do not wait to shed your light afar. To the many duties ever near you now be true. Brighten the corner where you are.”
The sum total of the deeds of faithfulness of a nation’s citizens shall certainly determine the quality of services offered in it. And the quality of services offered determines the standard of living of the citizens. The destiny of a nation is fulfilled in the destinies of its citizens. If the preponderance of choices of the citizens is an attack on the pillars that build and hold societies, woe betides that nation. And no prophetic utterances conveying the potential of the nation can improve the quality of living until the people’s lifestyle changes in agreement with the prophecy.
The pillars that build and uphold any nation are three:
A. Law: A lawless nation is one where almost anything or situation is negotiable. When a nation, typified by its public officials and officers, conducts its affairs contrary to its laws then it cannot stand. Laws not enforced are not better than unrighteous laws. The personality in whom is vested the biggest responsibility to order or cause enforcement of laws bears the biggest blame for a state of lawlessness.
B. Social Institutions: Institutions, created by law, constitute the second pillar. If those institutions are deliberately undermined through negotiations against the law, a nation is weak. Strengthening those institutions starts from the head of state, who submits to institutional verdicts within the boundaries of law, or seeks redress at the temple of justice. The head becomes the paragon of compliance, and the nation follows; over time, institutional compliance becomes an entrenched culture, and no public official needs to gauge the mood of the superior authority before performing their lawful duty.
C. Education: An enlightened society is a strong one. Domestication and innovation are two qualities of the kind of education that produces citizens who have a strong sense of common ownership of the nation. They care for the nation together, defend the nation together, and build their nation together.
A faithful citizen will not endorse a candidate for an elective office if such candidate has been unfaithful in a previous public appointment even if a personal benefit from the candidate was enjoyed. A faithful citizen shall withdraw support from a public official who has become unfaithful to the oath of office. A faithful citizen is not obsequious, does not worship at the altar of mammon, and speaks truth to power. A faithful citizen’s support for a public official is conditional, and not guaranteed in the face of betrayal.
The destiny of a nation is rooted in identifying the things designed for its peace. But when those things or pillars are hidden from it or rejected by it then the enemies shall cast a trench about it, and lay it to the ground with its children, because it does not know the time of its visitation.
He or she that has an ear let them hear.
*Shilgba is the General Overseer of Bible Clinic Ministry.