Welcome to the Morally Conflicting World
Welcome to the Morally Conflicting World, a topsy-turvy world indeed! It is a world where truth is dumped in the trashcan, and lies are celebrated; where sound morals, integrity and noble character are persistently scorned, while immorality is imbibed and extolled to high heavens; where the morally conscious and upstanding are ridiculed, and the depraved are empowered. Itâs a world where âFreedom of Speechâ is used as a screen for filth and vulgarism, and a hammer against godly virtue, sometimes under the cloak of religion. Itâs a world where politicians embezzle public funds and get away with it; as if thatâs not enough, they are even granted bail and released under lenient conditions, and eulogized by swarming supporters celebrating and welcoming their âheroâ back from a traumatic prison experience. Itâs a world where clergymen demonstrate in essence to their teeming multitudes: âDo as I say and not as I liveâ. Itâs a world where youths are hell-bent on the craze for quick wealth, indulging in atrocious acts in a bid to enjoy crass materialism, impress their friends and oppress their foes. Itâs a world where businessmen thrash sound business ethics in the face of short-term profits and earnings. Itâs a world where students whittle down the high towers of intellectual honesty that promote high academic standards and originality of work, research and knowledge explosion, sustainable civilization and societal development, sense of professionalism and career advancement, creativity and innovation of tangible products and services solving real life problems; industry, diligence and enterprise, etc., but succumb to base practices of cheating and plagiarism of research work.
Paul the Apostle made mention of a law antagonistic to the law of his mind in Rom7v23, âBut I see a different law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity under the law of sin which is in my membersâ; moral relativism (the belief that defining right and wrong is an individual and personal choice, denying the presence of absolute law) is one of those laws in our members which urges us to do what seems right to us (Prov14v12). Benjamin Franklin, a man of integrity and proven character and one of Americaâs founding fathers, set a goal of moral perfection for himself but failed miserably realizing finally that the task he gave himself was a humanly impossible one. Even Nigerian Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, had this to say in his growing up years, âIf somebody did something I considered unjust, I felt that the world really had collapsed around me, had derailed and was spiraling out of control.â Albert Einstein, foremost 20th century scientist also alluded to the fact saying, âMorality is of the highest importanceâ. Billy Graham, Americaâs most popular televangelist, had this to say, âIf you lose your wealth, you have lost nothing; if you lose your health, you have lost something; if you lose your integrity, you have lost everythingâ. The truth is everyone grapples with the morality issue since we are all moral agents, but the top question is how do you manage, cope with and overcome the moral burden that confronts you?
Discussion of Findings
To prove the validity of this work, a questionnaire-distributing spree was embarked upon. This work started as a hypothesis in the form of a question, âIs there a relationship between Christian Excellence and Morality?â I was, however, able to induce from the responses obtained from the questionnaires distributed that there was a strong relationship between the two. The responses from people revealed quite a lot of grey areas that need to be addressed. Hopefully, in the course of the book, the searchlight shall be beamed on these questions and many more issues, and ignorance shall be exposed to the furious light of the day. Hence, responses to the questions asked are addressed below.
A great percentage of respondents answered âyesâ to the very first question âAre Christians the light of the world according to your Bible?â
In response to the question, âDo you see much shining of Christians in the world today?â quite a number of respondents answered âyesâ as well as ânoâ. Other responses were: âNo, because most things are calling for our attentionâ, âNot as much as we shouldâ, âPartiallyâ.
The next question, the third, was: âSo, what is responsible for their not shining as should?â The following were their responses: âMight be as a result of their relationship with Godâ, âPeople profess Christianity (i.e. as a religion) but do not live the God-life (zoe)â, âDuplicity, âlust of the fleshâ (wanting to gratify their feelings), love of mundane things, a gradual lack of love for the things of Godâ, âMany of us are selfish, we are lazy, we have little or no concern for the lost souls, we do not see ourselves as the lightâ, âSin is what is responsible for thatâ, âSin is the reason, and only God can help usâ, âPeer pressure, technologyâ, âDeflection to sin is what is responsible for Christians not shining as shouldâ.
On the next question, which asked respondents âWhat do you understand by effective human performance?â the following were given: âPerforming effectively in any task or job givenâ, âAchieving Godâs maximum performance for our livesâ, âThe proper behavior of human beings to one anotherâ, âEffective use of oneâs resources, intellect, strength to achieve somethingâ, âA situation in which a human delivers his best possible, his peak, his optimum, on a given expectationâ, âPerforming at optimum. It is called âHighest and Best Useâ in Land Economicsâ, âEffective influence of man on his environmentâ.
The next question was: âAre Christians performing to expectation in the society or being relegated to the background?â To which majority of respondents agreed that many Christians are not performing to expectation.
To the question âWhat are those factors responsible for poor/average performance among Christians?â, we had the following responses: âIgnorance and lack of faithâ, âNot believing God to the fullestâ, âLaziness, shyness, fear, di