I have heard and seen people dragging each other into immorality behind the misconception that “everyone is doing it”.
Report by Pastor Erasmus Mkarimayi
While it is true that sin and all forms of evil are rife on earth, it is not true that everyone has fallen into the trap. Because of lack of principles, peer pressure has recruited some people to do wrong things thus tearing apart their lives.
Unfortunately, the everyone-is-doing-it syndrome is not limited to children at schools, colleges and universities alone, but has spread into the church, workplace and government. Corruption and many other forms of vices have cut across the whole spectrum of our lives.
Youths in our churches and society in general are now engaging in premarital sex because there are those who don’t respect their bodies and the sanctity of marriage who go along recruiting the gullible into mischief. At the workplace, corruption is prevalent and in government, kickbacks seem to be very normal.
One young man told me the other day that buyers or procurement personnel now demand 10% of the value of the order, tender or contract and they comfort each other that everyone is doing it.
Dear reader, hear me and hear me well, not everyone is doing it. Don’t be fooled and led astray. There are still upright people out there.
The Bible records innumerable instances where God preserved a remnant when everyone was going astray. We have people like Noah and Job who chose to trust God to the end and remained faithful and righteous.
Daniel and his friends chose to walk upright. Elijah was a prophet who served the Lord faithfully and diligently with so much zeal when the whole nation was going astray.
He was actually convinced that he was the only upright person. In 1 Kings 19:10 he tells God of his allegiance: “And he said, I have been very jealous for the Lord God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.”
God had to tell Elijah that He had others as well that were still righteous as recorded in 1 Kings 19:18: “Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him.”
There is always room for God to keep you upright if you are willing. Choose to be spared. Life offers many choices, good and bad, but you have the power to decide the route you want to take. It is still possible to get a driver’s license without paying a bribe or get a passport without bribing anyone.
Business can still be conducted without kickbacks. It is still possible to cross our boarders and declare your goods and pay duty. Some people are now so much used to bribes that they are prepared to pay a “cut” to get the front seat of in a church service.
This is the time when God is calling you to live an upright life.
Should we all fall by the wayside? Be the one who stops this cancer that threatens to destroy the moral fabric of our society.
There are still people in both the private and public sectors who are doing business above board. You can still get a stand through the normal channels. If you want to a bad apple, please get out of the basket, don’t contaminate society.
Even as it was in Elijah’s time, there are people that have kept themselves pure. If you have failed to tame your evil desires, don’t lie to us that everyone is doing it.
Repent and seek help to live an upright life. My advice to those that trust God for an upright life is don’t be coerced into the net of those that have given up on fear of the Lord, justice and equity. Don’t hang around with people that are going nowhere. Fear God, be principled and choose life not death fully aware and convinced that you are going somewhere.