Exhortations

Corruption

Corruption is a sin.

Corruption is one of the inventions perfected by a human without much care and fear with the LORD.  Corruption is a sin; bribery, covetousness, stealing, racism, and much more against the goodness of God are sins. One example is “Thou shall not steal”—number 8 in the order of God’s 10 commandments.

Corruption comes in many forms and all pointing to one that causes it, the human flesh. What is the truth about corruption? There are two kinds of corruption mentioned in the Bible: First, referred mainly means decay. “For David, when he had served in his generation, according to the will of God, slept,  and was laid unto his fathers, and saw corruption.” Acts 13:36.

There is no excuse for the flesh not to decay because that is part of human nature, as corrupt as we are when we are alive, and corrupted body it will end; from ashes we come from, to ashes it will end, but the soul of the righteous will survive the final sanctification and will receive a glorified body. This is a mysterious process that we may or may not experience.

With knowledge and understanding of this revelation, we may come to the wisdom of God which I mentioned in my other topic. Since the body will decay, the soul can still survive and live forevermore. King David testified to this truth “My soul clings to the dust; give me life according to your word!—Psalm 119:25. We have to consider and understand that our souls have a chance as the Bible said; that those that are not part of the judgment will not witness what will occur on that day.

The second kind of corruption lies in everything not covered by the first. Corruption in an election is rampant and without a doubt has been perfected by humans, associated with bribery which is a sin and the number one medium of corruption. A politician can successfully steal an election but it doesn’t mean that God allows it to happen. “God gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding,” Paul said that if anyone lacks wisdom, let him ask God and it will be given without reproach.

President Trump’s opponent tried to cheat the first time but was unsuccessful but the second time they were successful as many Christians believe that God made it happened for a reason. We know how bad politics and President Trump exposed it more. Same as what is happening with the Philippines’ President Duterte, wherein he exposed corruption since day one as President and tried to end it,  but failed because corruption is unstoppable.

What is the message that God will allow something to happen when no one comprehends the reason, it will be fruitless? God conceals and God reveals things, and we do not have the right to question Him because His thought is higher than our thoughts and His ways are better than our ways. The proper way to respond when God does something with ambiguity is to continue to seek His face and everything that is not clear will be unveiled in God’s time and God’s ways. Our patience is on the line when we don’t know how God works.

The absence of patience is the presence of pride. We already know by heart that God is not pleased when we are prideful, but loves us when we humble ourselves. Humility brings peaceful living but arrogance attracts difficulties, confrontation, misunderstandings, and separation from righteous work.

Racism is corruption not only of the mind but also the eyes that added more harm. We should follow what the Bible advises us not to judge by the appearance of skin color and looks, or by the languages they use. “God created mankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them”—Genesis 1:27.

All humans are made in the image of God, and this alone is more than enough to avoid discrimination. Jesus himself preached about discrimination and not judging others based on how they look or what they wear. We should stand for equality and accept the right of every peaceful living soul to share in earth’s space.

I Samuel 16:7 But the LORD said to Samuel “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”

Philippians 2:3-4 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

Deuteronomy 1:17—“Show no partiality in judging; hear both small and great alike. Do not be intimidated by anyone, for judgment belongs to God. And bring to me any case too difficult for you, and I will hear it.”

James 2:9—“But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors.”

God is just to forgive our sins and He knows that humanity is corrupt all we need to do is draw near Him: “The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds; there is none who does good. The Lord looks down from heaven on the children of man, to see if there are any who understand, who seek after God. They have all turned aside; together they have become corrupt; there is none who does good, not even one.”—Psalm 14:1–3

Corruption is another word for sin. When our mind is corrupted we would not be able to think righteously.

God is all in all!

Bishop Joseph

Dr. Joseph Vitug, Ph.D. - Bishop Emeritus

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