There is no doubt at the rate we are going as a nation, we are teaching the youth everything that has nothing to do with cherishing hard work, integrity and discipline in their lives.
We have gone to the extent of crafting laws that allow a smash- and-grab mentality. What values do groups like Chipangano or Upfumi Kuvadiki espouse? That it is a very important component of one’s lifestyle to wait for others to sow then pounce and reap off their sweat with no compunction?
A nation’s progress should be built on values of integrity and hard work not on violence, intolerance, deceit and lies.
What do the youth learn from the lifestyles of prominent academics we see paraded on national television and in the media? That a good professor is one who lies, lies and lies, quoting from books and twisting facts to justify the oppression of countrymen and women for the love of money?
And what do the youth learn from the multitude of pastors and church leaders we see today? That the mere utterance of the Lord’s word to gullible and desperate multitudes is enough to make one an instant millionaire? That the church is no longer in existence for the purposes of salvation, but is now a conduit for making a quick buck free from taxation?
And when politicians join the church leaders on the stage, looking ridiculous in religious attire, lying through their teeth, what message are we sending to the youth? Aren’t we teaching them that the combination of politics and religion is the quickest way to reap where you did not sow?
Dr Aboo Ameenah Bilal Philips in The Value of Honest Labour rightly notes that, “children who are raised without being taught the value of hard work, are seldom able to appreciate wealth and usually squander and waste what comes their way”. So if we are not instilling the values of honest work in future generations, do we expect our nation to prosper?
There is nothing wrong with the acquistion of wealth if it is done in a manner that is not rotten.
The Bible supports the value of hard work.
Apostole Paul said: “Neither did we eat any man’s bread for nought; but wrought with labour and travail night and day, that we might not be chargeable to any of you. “Not because we have not power, but to make ourselves an example unto you to follow us,” (2 Thes 3:8–9). And the following verses also support the fact.
l Then Isaac sowed in that land, and reaped in the same year a hundredfold; and the Lord blessed him. The man began to prosper, and continued prospering until he became very prosperous.— Genesis 26:12-13.
l How can I tolerate your merchants who use dishonest scales and weights? — Micah 6:11.