Of rogues and Scoundrels

The Bible has very harsh words for hypocrites, the scribes and Pharisees who preach morality but cheat on their taxes, and bear false witness. Such people are scoundrels, unprincipled, dishonorable villains who will take advantage and circumstances for personal gain.

It is these scoundrels, the Bible says, who tie up heavy, cumbersome loads and put them on other people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them except where it serves their interest.

The Bible calls hypocrisy a sin.

These hypocrites want to moralize and preach virtue, decency and rectitude but practice greed and avarice, meaning that they are a danger to society. They cannot be trusted, they cannot be relied upon and indeed they cannot be expected to serve the best interest of society.

The Bible says whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.

It is regrettable that some arms of governance do not only condone but seemingly encourage criminality and sharp practice in the name of natural justice.

The life and destiny of a nation are too important to be exposed to the malevolent forces of heartless, greedy and remorseless individuals.

Our country is in serious economic crisis, demanding the absolute loyalty of all citizens to make the best of the resources that God has endowed us with, among them the peace and tranquility that we have enjoyed for more than half a century.

Increasingly however some individuals have taken it upon themselves to plant the seed of discord and disaffection to serve their personal interest, by advocating regime change in the hope that their transgressions will be forgiven by a new regime.

In their drive for change, the strategy involves pitting sections of society against each other, without a thought for the outcome. It is rare if not impossible that the results of conflict will be confined to a specific area. Conflict by its very nature is highly disruptive and will consume society-especially the vulnerable.

This country needs men and women who value and cherish honesty, righteousness, scrupulousness and conscientious service to the common good of society. Those who scrounge from the public coffers without making the sacrifice and effort that others do should be shunted into the cold where they truly belong.

As a nation we must value and embrace progress, positivism and an abiding optimism that will carry us through the crisis we face.

Those who feast on negativism are the enemies of national development and progress.