Our newspapers have become pretty predictable. Before this week is over, we will have a few pullouts on corruption scandals that will leave you thinking how hopelessly in trouble we are. if the newspapers fail (which they won’t), you will come across an investigative blog on how Imperial Bank went under and depending on your schooling, you will think either one of the following: a) This country has too much trouble, can I stick to my lane and ignore all the drama; b) We are too pessimistic, it is not as bad as it sounds; c) If they can steal and get away with it, I need to get a way of doing the same thing
Option A is common among many middle income earners; save your skin and ignore the rest of the world. Option B is often perpetrated in the name of positivity; often it is a way to bury the head under the sand. I could write long blogs about each of these options but since I have finite space on this blog, I will deal with Option C which is my current assignment.
The corruption disease
Unknown to us, option C has become more prevalent than we care to admit. To be fair, option C is the child of option A and B. Any small cut becomes a serious wound if left untreated. So while corruption may have started out as a cut (though I don’t know when that was), it now is a serious wound that is crippling many things across our society. At the helm of the wounds that this cut has produced, is a new generation that believes corruption is the only way. And this is not to mention the other consequences of the prevalent corruption, the line of what is corruption and what is the norm has become so blurred that we can easily sell this country and it would not be surprising. Infact, in a report that was released this past weekend, we seem to have even topped the list on the prevalence of economic crimes in Africa.
That the systems are in favor of the corrupt does not help, it seems like being incorruptible is equivalent to being weird.
In between all these, the word I hear God deposit into my heart is ‘REMNANT’. Are we saying that there are no remnants in this country who are choosing to do the right things, high as the cost may be? Are there people who are doing business ethically? Are there people who are going up the corporate ladder without compromising their values?
Where are the remnant?
So I spend some time meditating on this word ‘remnant’. The one thing I realise is that God ALWAYS raises a remnant
“Remnant” means that which remains of an original body or substance. In reference to God’s people, it means those who are faithful to His original truth despite opposition. This verse speaks to me; Isaiah 1:9, “Unless the Lord of hosts had left to us a very small remnant, we would have become like Sodom, we would have been made like Gomorrah.”
Across God’s word is a remnant, a people who despite the prevailing tides, they stand to be counted. As I read these words, I have absolutely no doubt that in this country there is a REMNANT. There is a people that God has set apart for Himself. A people like those mentioned by Isaiah, except for whom we would be Sodom and Gomoroah. But we are not Sodom and Gomorrah because of that remnant.
Stand and be counted
As my heart skips in joy in these revelation, God deposits one more thing that this REMNANT must stand and be counted. Matthew 5:15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.
Enough with all the newspapers that unknowingly, or maybe knowingly are glorifying corruption. Can the remnant of this nation stand and be counted. Can they speak of how they are doing businesses ethically, even when it is hard? Can they speak of how they are moving up the corporate ladder, one step at a time? I need to hear the voice of these remnant, heck we all need to hear them.
Get some space, however small, and talk about your journey. We, the remnant have a responsibility, not just to do business ethically. That’s no longer enough, but to speak to others about it, to mentor the next generation around these values, to speak as loud as we can about how but for the remnant, we would be Sodom and Gomorrah. At Lapid Leaders we are always looking for these kind of leaders to come mentor these next gen of African Leaders. You are very welcome to be part of this bandwagon, let the remnant of this nation rise and be counted.
Let us also keep this remnant in our prayers. As the enemy roams looking for people to devour, they are his first target. Let’s pray for the grace to stand; let’s pray for the grace to support them so that even when they fall, our hands are open to them, let’s pray for grace to abound.
Joel 2:32. “And it shall come to pass, that whosoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be delivered, for in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the Lord has said, and in the remnant whom the Lord shall call.”