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Exhortations

Corruption

Corruption is a sin.

Corruption is one of the inventions perfected by a human without much care and fear of the LORD. Therefore, 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 ten commandments.

Corruption comes in many forms; point to one that causes it: the human flesh. What is the truth about corruption? Two kinds of corruption are mentioned in the Bible. First, it refers mainly to 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 God’s wisdom, which I mentioned in my other topic. Since the body will decay, the soul can still survive and live forever. 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. For example, corruption in an election is rampant and, without a doubt, has been perfected by humans, associated with bribery, 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; the second time, they were successful as many Christians believe God made it happen for a reason. So we know how bad politics is, and President Trump exposed it more. It is the same as what is happening with the Philippines’ President Duterte, wherein he exposed corruption from day one as President and tried to end it, but it failed because corruption is unstoppable.

What is the message that God will allow something to happen when no one comprehends the reason, and it will be fruitless? God conceals and reveals things, and we do not have the right to question Him because His thoughts are higher than our thoughts, and His ways are better than ours. The proper way to respond when God does something ambiguous is to seek His face; everything unclear will be unveiled in God’s time and 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 of the eyes that adds more harm. We should follow what the Bible advises, not judge by the appearance of skin color and looks or their language. “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 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. Instead, 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 me any case too difficult for you, and I will hear it.”

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

God is to forgive our sins, and He knows that humanity is corrupt. We must draw near Him: “The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt; they do abominable deeds; none 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; none does good, not even one.”—Psalm 14:1–3

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

God is all in all!

Bishop Joseph

Bishop Joseph Vitug, Ph.D. - Bishop Emeritus

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