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  • Sunday Levinus Alaka on Proverbs 14:34
    "Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people." In this simple verse, we see established a rule, or standard, composed of two alternatives.

    There is no middle ground. There are two factors, each with its own effect.

    The target of this phrase is no specific nation, but its meaning clearly applies to all nations, and that includes Nigeria. Therefore, it is important for us, as Nigerians, to measure ourselves, especially in these challenging times. We should ask ourselves which of these two factors we now embrace, whether righteousness or sin.

    Notice in the verse that this is not a past or future condition, but it is a current evaluation of our plight. The verse does not say that our past righteousness will exalt us today or tomorrow, nor does it say that our current sin will one day in the distant future be a reproach. No, the tense is clear that the righteousness of a nation exalts now, and likewise the sin of a nation is a reproach now. And we are not given a middle ground. Each nation is either one or the other, but not both. We can choose our own way or God's, but not both. We can ascend into the mountain of God or stay in the valley, but not both.

    And this leaves us with an implied choice that any nation, no matter what era they are birthed, or mythos of origin, or how many bloodstained battlefields for righteous facts, raises or falls by who it is today.


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