Amos Chanda says Edgar Lungu is “genuinely” concerned about corruption and that he did not deny its existence.
“[But] what he wants are genuine interventions, genuine solutions, genuine actions to stop corruption,” says Edgar’s press aide, Amos.
It’s good that Edgar is today acknowledging the presence of corruption in his government. But acknowledging the presence of corruption in his government without doing anything about it is not good enough; it worthless. It is like the biblical teaching that faith without deeds is dead (James 2: 7-14).
To live with integrity, it is important to know what’s right and what’s wrong, to be educated morally. However, merely knowing is not enough. Virtuous character matters more than moral knowledge. The reason is simple: like the self-confessing apostle Paul in Romans 7, most of those who do wrong know what’s right but find themselves irresistibly attracted to its opposite. Faith idles when character shrivels. And as Reinhard Bonnke aptly put it, “God always works with workers and moves with movers, but He does not sit with sitters.”
It is said that confusion is a result of when a person’s confession is different from the decision of his or her heart. If you desire to be good, the decision of your heart must be in line with your confession. When a person’s heart and mind are united, his or words become a word of faith – of deeds.
Acknowledging corruption in government without doing anything to end or reduce it is like a bird without wings; though she may hop with her companions on earth, yet she will never fly with them to heaven.
This reminds us of the days of “Show and Tell” at school. It was an opportunity for us to not just talk about what we do or have, but to display visible evidence before our classmates of a possession or skill.
Jesus was a “Show and Tell” Saviour. He drew many crowds to Himself through the many miracles that He performed: feeding 5,000, healing the sick, raising the dead and so on. People often marveled at what He could do. He did more than just talk the talk or preach and lecture. He demonstrated the power of the Kingdom of God through Himself.
While we may not be multiplying our lunch to feed 5,000, we can through our actions and service toward one another, volunteer to feed some. We may not be raising the dead or healing the sick, we can volunteer to comfort and help those around us in need. What this does is it shows that we are more than just talk; rather our faith is manifested in what we do.
James knew that people needed to see the church displaying tangible evidence of what they say they believe. Jesus, along with many others in the Bible, let their works speak for them. And, how they worked showed what the real measure of their faith was on the inside of them.
For a man or woman to say they have faith or are in the faith without evidence to back it up is like saying one is a doctor without a degree to prove it. When we go into a doctor’s office we read the accreditations on the wall. This is the proof that they can take care of us. What we see hanging before us are speaking up on behalf of the individual to whom we are submitting ourselves to for care. Those papers on the walls are little, personal testimonies.
Acknowledgement of corruption that is worked out operates in the same manner. Acknowledgement shouldn’t be silent. It should be accompanied by action. It should be alive. It should be exhibited through works to testify of its genuineness and sincerity.
When one makes acknowledgements of something, people should be able to look at their daily actions, as signs of accreditation of that. They should be able to tell by actions we take that we live what we talk, acknowledge.
The hurting Zambians want to see what Edgar is doing about the corruption he acknowledges that he has their best interest in mind; that he genuinely cares about them as a president. True acknowledgement believes and then allows that belief to be put to work.
The corruption Edgar acknowledges and what he does about it should match up to display a well-rounded anti corruption commitment.
Edgar can’t claim he is against corruption and yet he does nothing to combat it after acknowledging its existence in his government. Anne Frank said, “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” What is Edgar waiting for? Evidence! There’s plenty of that in him and around him. Let him start by explaining the source of his sudden wealth! Let him probe the sudden wealth of his aides, of Amos himself. Let him put some action behind that acknowledgement of the existence of corruption in his government, those words he speaks. Matthew 5:16 says, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” This light shines by what it is doing.
Acknowledgement of corruption without action is not an operational acknowledgement. It’s stale. It does no good.