Ngozi is over 40 and a single lady who did not waste her younger days flirting around with men but was committed to the Lord and His Service in the church. She is unhappy with her matrimonial state and wants to do something about it, she approached me and asked if she could do IVF towards being a ‘mother’ at least, if she cannot be a ‘wife’.
Bimpe was robbed and raped in school by some cultists and she did not report the matter to her parents because she felt so guilty and sad. Her mother approached me and told me she believes her daughter is hiding something from her not knowing that she confided in me as her pastor, I called her to my office to encourage her to tell her parents or if I could do it for her only for me to receive the most shocking news… she is pregnant and wants to ask my counsel with respect to what she should do. She wants to commit ‘abortion’.
These are many more are the challenges we face as Pastors and Moral leaders in a nation destitute of moral consciousness today. We are torn betwixt two opinions always and sometimes feel burdened to tow the religious path not the moral or spiritual path to life. This is the most trying part of my vocation as a leader of people and Man of God; ‘how do we make moral decisions without offending God and our traditional views of holiness and righteousness?’
I will like to share a scripture I cling unto during these times with you and hope you can be Inspired by them.
Wherewith shall I come before the LORD, and bowmyself before the high God? shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves of a year old? Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, or with ten thousands of rivers of oil? shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? (Micah 6 v 6-8).
I believe making moral decisions is more important than business decisions. A business man makes business decisions by tilting towards profits and earning revenues, a doctor makes medical decisions by tilting towards saving lives and helping people, a politician makes political decisions by tilting towards good governance for his people and following his political values etc. But a pastor makes moral decisions by tilting towards…
3 RULES OF THE THUMB IN MAKING MORAL DECISIONS
- THE GOLDEN RULE: Our Lord gave us the key to making moral decisions through the Golden Rule in Matt. 7 v 12, ‘do unto others what you want them to do unto you’ (paraphrased). If you deploy the above scriptures on the scenarios above, you will be making moral decisions indeed.
- IS IT IMPACTING MY GENERATION POSITIVELY: Anything you will do in life that is not for the ‘people’ but yourself alone is considered selfish, moral decisions impact people positively and not negatively. We should build our ethos around people and making a difference, this is why I won’t do somethings in ministry even if others are engaged in the practices.
- IS IT GOING TO BRING GLORY TO GOD: This is perhaps the most crucial in making moral decisions; you should make them with the fear of God and ensure it will bring glory to Him. That’s why I won’t wear some clothes because they won’t bring glory to Him.
I hope your decisions in coming months will pass the moral tests above and you become a better person.