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THE INCORRUPTIBLE by Chiedu Dieyi

I will like to commend science for its accomplishments and contribution to the modern human world today. Through our knowledge of science, we have become more conscious of our physical world and relate with it in such a way that makes life easier. Through the discoveries of Plato, Albert Einstein, Robert Hooks etc., man has succeeded at creating a world with vast possibilities.  However, despite this fact when we take a panoramic view of our world today, it wouldn’t be difficult to find traces of dysfunction in the systems of humanity that questions some of the assumptions and conclusions of science. Science tells us for instance, that anything that cannot be subject to experiment cannot be established as a fact. It also tells us that any belief that is not hypothetically consistent with the unequivocal laws of physics and empirical realities of philosophy, are all but raw conclusions drawn out of emotional imagination. As a result, man’s philosophy makes certain postulations that I find quite disturbing. Because they hardly give room for exemptions, I believe the greatest misunderstanding of man is the belief that he understands everything, and the greatest mistake of human science is the belief that it will never make one.

It is against this controversial backdrop however that I raise the question on the subject of corruption. Is everybody corrupt? Sadly I have sat before intellectuals, clergy men as well as industrialist to discuss subjects bordering on the integrity and transparent tendencies of men. Unfortunately for me, the answer I always get to this infamous question was always on the negative. Corruption is perceived as a dysfunction that no man can confidently say is free of, and as such it becomes a practical impossibility to be exempt from it.

It is conclusions of this nature that drove me to the pages of history and rummage through the maze of research in addition to the sleepless nights of bible study to demystify (if you will call it that) the probing subject matter of corruption and perhaps succeed at uncovering the impasse that makes it a complex issue. I struggled hard to come to grasp with the proposition that ‘everybody is corrupt’. I discovered from years of observation that one of the root cause of the continuous and contagious degeneration of moral standards in our nation is the very belief that everybody is corrupt. The problem with such a belief lies not in the political or philosophical incorrectness or correctness of the statement, neither is it found in the realistic accurateness of the belief. The problem actually lies in the multiplier effect of such a conclusion. What do I mean by that? It is very simple. When one man believes that everybody is corrupt, he automatically becomes corrupt (even though he wasn’t corrupt initially) because it programs him at the spot. In turn, he passes the virus to the next man, while the next man passes it to the next. And on and on it goes until an entire nation is caught in the pattern and practice of corruption. 2 Pet 2:4-8 Scripture tells us that even Lot was almost caught up in the pattern because he lived among a perverse and crooked generation.

However from my research, I found many flaws in the proposition that everybody is corrupt. For example, there were this three Hebrew boys in historic kingdom of Babylon during about 600BC. Their names were Shadrack, Mishack and Abadnego. They refused to bow to the image of gold set up by the corrupt king Nebudchanezzar. While the entire nation bowed, they chose to be an exception to the rule. This I find to challenge the proposition that everybody is corrupt.

Noah also found himself in a similar situation where the entire generation was perceived to be corrupt; Gen 5. Noah’s refusal to take rank with the rest of the evil world under the popular evil maxim which says, ‘If you can’t beat them, join them; tthrows another compelling offset to the proposition that everybody is corrupt.

Daniel is another inspirational character in history that poses another ruthless challenge to the belief that everybody is corrupt. As first of the three  governors of  a gentile kingdom, the \Holy scriptures tells us that he was distinguished in governance. ‘He was preferred above the presidents and princes because an excellent spirit was found in him’ Dan 6:3 {accountability is an antidote to corruption}. Daniel’s disposition to transparency and integrity immediately brought him on a collision course with his colleagues at work. Taking a stand against evil will always put you on the hot seat. Evil men feel threatened because of your refusal to take rank with their lifestyle. They feel your uprightness is exposing them ( I wish we will have more lights in Nigeria today)

It is my conviction tonight that one righteous man in a corrupt system is all that God needs to change the system. Because that one man will blithe the evil scheme of wicked men.

Even when they plotted against Daniel, he didn’t fight, because he knew that any attack against an honourable man of integrity is a direct assault on the creator. In the end, corruption was ejected from the system and incorruption was established.

Therefore, the conclusion is this: There is an exception to the rule of corruption as well as exemption from the practice of it.

 

Let us consider certain concepts and laws of corruption

LAWS OF CORRUPTION

  1. Corruption originated in Lucifer (Ezek28)
  2. Man inherited corruption( Therefore corruption is hereditary in nature)
  3. Corruption came through the subtlety of deception
  4. Corruption is multipliable: That means it has the tendency to reproduce itself. One act of sin is all it takes to erase an entire history of good.
  5. There is no excuse for being corrupt
  6. The effects of corruption is more powerful than the consequences of corruption: The pull of corruption is such that it programs the minds to accept the pattern it has created. It is called the power of sin.
  7. Corruption is highly contagious
  8. Religion cannot cure corruption: It will take more than personal discipline, self righteousness, and religious do’s and dont’s to be cured from the power of corruption
  9. The only cure to corruption is the cross: The Blood of Christ brings reconciliation to God, and the cross delivers, not just from the ACT of sin, but from the POWER of sin.

 

WHAT IS CORRUPTION?

From dictionary standpoint, IT MEANS

  1. To be morally impaired
  2. Depraved in mind and heart

III. An altered version of an original

The literal meaning has to do with distortion, decomposition, degeneration, pervasion, putrefaction and soul depravity.

It is the act of corrupting or of impairing integrity virtue or moral principle; the state of being debased; loss of purity or integrity.

It also means to be crooked and depraved in mind; to be morally degenerate.

In computing, it means the destruction of data by manipulating parts of  it, either by deliberate or accidental human action or by imperfection in storage or transmission media.

From this definitions, one thing becomes obvious, and that is corruption is an effect from a cause. It means there was an ORIGINAL standard that was moved away from. Because these definitions imply that corruption is a departure from something. That means that the corruption in man was not man’s original state. In Genesis. We were told that God created man incorrupt.(But not incorruptible). Something made man incorrupt. And that is the real issue. It is the root that produces the tree.

Man was originally created in a perfect image, until the tempter came and planted an evil seed.

If a corrupt seed is in a man, such a person will produce corrupt fruit. John the Baptist said ‘bring forth fruit meant  for repentance.’ This is why we cannot exempt the subject of seed from the discourse on corruption. 1 John 3:9 “Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remained in him; and he cannot seen because he is born of God”.

What is a seed? It is a law. A mental programming. A genetic programming. A software system of the mind. You don’t blame the behaviour you see in people. You blame the mental disposition producing it.  A monkey acts like a monkey for instance, because he his programmed by birth to act that way. In computing, you don’t blame the corrupt file, blame the virus.

Satan carried out a strategic onslaught on human race by choosing to target the patriarch of the entire human race. Because once he was corrupt, the entire unborn generation is corrupt.

The most critical time in the history of human existence was Genesis 3:1-6 “And when the woman saw that the three was GOOD FOR FOOD, and that it was PLEASANT TO THE EYES, and a tree DESIRED TO MAKE ONE WISE, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also to her husband with her; and he did eat.”

Notice three indices here. She saw that the tree was:

  1. Good for food
  2. Pleasant to the eyes
  3. And desired to make one wise.

This is the womb that gives birth to all the lust in man’s heart. It is the womb of corruption.

2Pet 1:4 “Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by therse ye might be partakers(no partake) of the divine nature, having esc aped the CORRUPTION that is in the world through LUST”.

What is this lust? It is the same found in 1John 2:15-16 “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the LUST of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life is not of the father, but is of the world”.

It is the same indices in Genesis 3. They are what i call the three basic drive of man.(What Maslow call the basic need of man)

  1. The drive for survival and carnal pleasure (Good for food – Lust of the flesh)
  2. The drive for material acquisition (pleasant to the eyes – lust of the eyes
  3. The drive for love, power and respect (desire to make one wise – pride of life)

These are the basic drive that gives birth to corruption in the world. I consider them as the greatest weakness of mortal men. They inform what man is living for. They give us a sense of purpose and direction in life. It is the object of our greatest pursuit in life. They are the reason humanity is corrupt today.

 

CORRUPTION IN NIGERIA

In our country today, corruption has become a huge mountain that appears unmovable, a bottomless pit that continues to sink the nation and heavy bondage that has impeded progress up to a point that it seems as though there is no solution.

The rise of public administration and the discovery of oil and natural gas (porpularly known as the oil boom)are two major events seen to have triggered the increase of corrupt practices in the country. In 2012, Nigeria was estimated to have lost over $400 billion to corruption since independence. That’s enough to feed the entire African continent.

Government had tried to contain the menace through the enactment of certain laws and the enforcement of integrity systems, yet the impact is not felt. Because you cannot legislate incorruption.

One of the major causes of corruption in the country is the rat race for ostentatious lifestyle and the desire to materialism. As a result, it gives birth to greed and covetousness. People see reward and gain as ‘breakthroughs’ regardless of the moral disposition of the process. Wealth is therefore gain at the expense of public good.

Another cause for corruption is the desire to impress. The reward that the gain will bring one into a status popularly called ‘My levels don change’ makes corruption very attractive. It is now a common phrase to say ‘no dull your sef o’ or ‘i must hammer’ These languages provide the impetus to engage in  corrupt practices.

Yet, the question i often aske myself is what do we use this ‘gains for’?

 

CORRUPTION IS NOT NEW

In the ancient world of civilization, there was corruption. Gen 6 God saw that the earth was corrupt. “And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually”

In verse 11 “The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence”

The children of Israel corrupted themselves at the mount Sinai Ex 32:7 “And the Lord said unto Moses, Go get thee down; for thy people, which thou broughtest out of the land of Egypt, have corrupted themselves” {see also Deut 9:12}

What did they do to corrupt themselves? They turned to idol worship.

Therefore, corruption is usually associated with idol worship.

Deut 4:16  and 25; 32:5

Joshua 2:19

Solomon was corrupted by his many strange wives 1Kings 11:1-4

Materialism usually spurs men on to corruption. The craze for wealth and affluence. The promise of power and respect. And The success it brings.