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Isaiah 5:20 “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”

Those days when I was job hunting, I met someone in the academia who was saddled with the responsibility of recruiting lecturers in his department. When we got talking, he told me about two outstanding applicants from among the rest.

He told me how he drilled them but one of them edged out the other because he has a mastery of that field However, he decided to recommend the person who came second for the job because the person who came first wasn’t from his tribe. He sacrificed competence for sentiment.

This is someone who has been in the faith for decades before me yet the truth he has heard over the years didn’t change him. He pitched his tent behind tribalism against competence where it was needed.

Never knew some Christians can see evil and call it good. It seems to me that the truth taught in scriptures is suspended when some persons have special interest in a thing that gives flesh pleasure.

Out of deep-seated hatred for non- tribe, a ‘Christian’ woman supported blood shed in defense of her tribe for political reasons. I marveled because I can’t believe that someone I know could hate to the point of bloodshed just because of politics. She didn’t speak about being defensive but being offensive.

Certain interests like politics often will reveal the stuff we’re made of, our maturity and sense of judgment. Political interest is the easiest way to know those Isaiah 5:20 is talking about.

If Pharaoh had lived in this generation, some Christians will still queue behind him because of ‘cucumbers’, ‘melons’, ‘Onions’ and ‘garlic’ like the children of Israel craved in the wilderness.

In Numbers 11:5, they said: “We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlick:”

God gave them “Manna” from heaven but they got tired of the divine and craved what Pharoah gave. At that point, they forgot the wickedness, injustice, high-handedness of Pharoah and how he exploited them for his selfish gains.

They forgot quickly how they groaned in pains under the yoke of task masters asking the Lord to send a deliverer. They forgot they were slaves under Pharoah not a freeborn. Yet, the dainties of Egypt and its allures came to their remembrance and they threw justice, fairness and equity to the bin.

What are you sacrificing for the truth? What is that very thing that made you blind towards righteousness and legality? We need to search our hearts and be sure we’re not compromising on basic kingdom principles.

Recently, I concluded that the most important thing at this point in our preaching as ministers should be righteousness not “sulphuric tongues” and “dimensions”.

No nation, business, community or society will thrive where unrighteousness thrives massively. Christians should not be found sabotaging the truth. Don’t queue behind whatever God is not proud of.

One of the signs of a dead conscience is neglect of truth, justice and equity for sentiments be it religious, political or tribal. Only “politicians” never see any good thing in the good things done by those they see as opposition. Don’t be like that.

Treat people from other faith properly. Your conduct may evangelize them. Don’t deny them what they merit. Doing that will be injustice and unrighteousness. Justice and righteousness are so important to God to the point where he had to lay the foundation of his throne on them both.

Psalms 89:14 says, “Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; steadfast love and faithfulness go before you”.

When righteousness doesn’t mean anything to us as believers, we’ve strayed completely and in need total restoration. Cry to the Lord to restore you.

PRAYER: Father, help me to live and walk in light of the truth even if it hurts in Jesus name.