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Thursday, December 22, 2022
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WHEN POLITICAL OPPOSITION DEGENERATES TO WISHING A LIVING PERSON DEAD

he Bible strongly opposes gloating. Gloating simply means rejoicing over the misfortune of another. It could be rejoicing over somebody's ill health or whatsoever.

Gloating aptly painysvhow debased a character is. And is one of the deadly sins such as pride. In Proverbs 34:17-18, we are strongly earned thusly: "Do not gloat when your enemy falls; when they stumble, do not let your heart rejoice, or the Lord will see and disapprove and turn his wrath away from them".

King Solomon warns us not "to take satisfaction in the shortcomings of others. There, but for the grace of God, could be each one of us in that difficult situation".

According to him,"that type of an attitude is wrong and displeases the Lord God. Solomon further cautions that "if we choose to have this type of an attitude we are setting ourselves up for God’s chastening and anger".

It is very unfortunate in Abia that political opposition has degenerated to its lowest ebb of wishing a living person. This is the lowest humanity can degenerate to.

This attitude aptly describes the character of the opposition in Abia, who would not stop at nothing in achieving their in ordinate political ambition. Even when John Donne had admonished thusly:"

No man is an island ,entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main…. Any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.”

Apostle James’ classical imagery of the tongue in the Book of James 3:6: “The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.” The point here is that like fire, the words we speak have the potential for causing great harm. This is similar to the admonition in Proverbs 18:21: “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”

As James 3:6 rightly pointed out, rumours are inimical to society's progress. They undermine good human relations. They generate tension, chaos, panic, and can cause a city to evacuate, even when a single bullet has not been shot. There are assumptions, or stories and statements in circulation, without confirmation or certainty as to source or veracity. Rumours may or may not contain elements of truth, but their veracity is anyone’s guess: rumors carry no factual certainty.

Throughout history, infernos are usually caused by mere sparks from passing trains or a strike of the match-stick. This may not be an exception to what is described as the most deadly forest fire in the history of the United States that engulfed the dry Woodlands of north-eastern Wisconsin in early October 1871. As the fire raged on, the flames and intense heat killed more than 1,200 people and consumed some two billion trees.

What will continue to agitate the minds well-meaning Abians is what masterminds of these mischievous practices stand to gain. Abia will be a better place for all of us, if the rumour-mongers could heed the biblical injunctions of Exodus 23:1: “You must not pass along false rumours. You must not cooperate with evil people by lying on the witness stand;” and Leviticus 19:16: “You must not go around spreading false stories against other people; don’t do anything that would put your neighbour’s life in danger. I am the Lord.”

Finally, rumour and propaganda are twin concepts, because they serve the same purpose. Propaganda is a powerful weapon, especially in war. It is used to dehumanise and create hatred towards a supposed enemy, either internal or external, by creating a false image in the mind of citizens. On the other hand, rumours are as dumb as the people who start them, and as fake as the people who help spread them. I believe rumours are carried by haters, spread by fools, and accepted by idiots. Our passionate appeal to all Abians is to shun rumours and propaganda, because they cannot serve us any good.

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