Will corruption ever end?-A A +A
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
ALMOST certainly, all of us have suffered the effects of corruption. The consequences of corruption can be disastrous.
Corruption is the abuse of entrusted power for private gain. It hurts us whose life, livelihood or happiness depends on the integrity of people in a position of authority, be it patriarchy, matriarchy or hierarchy in a formal or informal organization.
Some of us find it difficult to be different in an environment characterized by greed and selfishness. Some become power hungry. Driven by selfish ambition, some develop a strong desire for more money and possessions more than they really need.
Sadly, many today intentionally victimize others and are willing to behave in a dishonest way to achieve their goals.
Rather than resisting unwholesome influences, such people follow after the crowd for evil ends. And they influence others to act corruptly as well.
A person’s natural desire for material comfort and financial well-being has been craftily misled to the point that the person thinks, feels and acts deceitfully.
In my real-life experience as a mother, widow and breadwinner for 20 years now, it is difficult to be honest to survive in a high-tech world. But it is a challenge to be honest with such a heavy financial responsibility.
I need to have strong moral values to pass on to my daughter, Chibom, my two sons, Chris & Claude, and our readers, too. Hopefully then, more and more tangible vice-versa positive influence will reign in our lives.
The Bible has helped me to see the benefits of honesty. An honest person has a clear conscience, an inner calmness, self-respect and a positive influence on those around her or him.
I aim on moderation, inside and out. I’m like a tightrope walker; I carry out a delicate balancing act. I have seen some good people may die while others live on, even though they are evil.
Why be too good or too wise, why kill oneself? Why be too wicked or foolish, why die before one has to? Thus, it is wise to avoid both extremes. If I have reverence for God, I’m confident I will be successful anyway.
It is very important that you, like me, re- examine and re- evaluate our real-life experiences to battle sinful tendencies which incline us to act selfishly.
Our sinful nature and the environment we live in can exert great pressure on us but we can resist their influence by drawing close to God and by applying time-tested principles from His Word, the Bible.
Every day, be particularly conscious of your reactions and thoughts as events unfold around you. Keep notes, especially regarding events, things, or people that evoke strong feelings in you. Consciously moderate your behavior and evaluate the underlying reasons for strong reactions.
It is encouraging to know that we can, with God’s help, resist corruptive influences.
However, individual efforts will never completely root out corruption. Its causes go deep, too deep to solve on their own.
We can always pray to God that He will show us the right thing to do amidst all the corruption happening around us.
Regarding the “Pork Barrel Controversy,” there are still many good people who want to do what is right by the solidarity shown through a well-attended nationwide rally on August 26, 2013, National Heroes’ Day.
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on September 11, 2013.