Adams and The Widow: Disgraced but Graced

Late last week, the governor of Edo state, Adams Oshiomhole was in the spotlight for telling a widow to “go and die” in annoyance. The governor had joined the state task force to rid Benin roads of illegal activities, one of which is hawking along the road, of which the woman was found wanting.

The widow was arrested for breaking a traffic law, but was begging the governor for mercy, after her goods were confiscated but he (governor) paid deaf ears to her pleas.

So many Nigerians who have been looking for an opportunity to vent any frustration on any government personnel used this opportunity to unleash various abuse and vitriol to the former labour leader. It is as if they have laying in wait like a female lion awaiting a straying gazelle. Videos were uploaded, transferred and copied.

So many painted the Governor’s act like Satan’s black sins but only very few questioned the wrong of the widow.

The Governor, in reaction to the viral nature of the action, apologized for his choice of words. He didn’t just apologize, he went two steps further on Monday by giving the woman 2 million Naira to rent a shop and offered scholarship to her son. All this he did as Adams Oshiomhole and family, not as Governor of the State.

The seemingly disgraced widow now has 2million in her bag and need not worry for her sons education. The brought-down-to-eat Governor showed why he is not like those Nigerians who are so obsessed with power that there is no “apology” or “reconciliation” in their dictionary.

Morals of the story:

1. The Laws of the land should be obeyed. Being a widow doesn’t make you above the law. This also goes for government officials, Christians, Military personnel and everybody. (I Petet 2:13-17; Romans 13:1)

13 Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether to a king as the one in authority, 14 or to governors as sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and the praise of those who do right. 15 For such is the will of God that by doing right you may silence the ignorance of foolish men. 16 [Act] as free men, and do not use your freedom as a covering for evil, but [use it] as bondslaves of God. 17 Honor all men; love the brotherhood, fear God, honor the king. -I Peter 2:13-17 KJV

2. Don’t take anybody for granted. Oshiomhole may have been seen as a people loving governor and thus wont harm a fly. But because he shows so much love doesn’t warrant his instructions to be brushed aside because of the love. Our God is Love but also a consuming fire. We must respect ourselves, and elders even if they seemingly come down to our level.

3. Anger is a hazard. An angry man can do anything even the ones he never thought of. In anger, the governor dented his seemingly roller coaster love ride with the Nigerian populace who seem him as a different governor not drunk with power. Anger destroys. Anger made Moses to see but not enter the promised land. Many thing lost in anger rarely are found. Words spoken in anger always stand the test of time. Flee Anger, else flee the scene and cool off alone. (Ephesians 4:26, Matt 5:22, Eph 4:31,32, Col 3:8, Job5:2,  ps 37:8, Prov 14:29)

 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath – Ephesians 4:26

4. Take Heed Less you Fall. Just like captain Jack Sparrow, “honestly, it is the honest ones you need to watch to be dishonest“. When a harlot commits fornication, it looks normal. but let a clergyman be seen in a brothel, it spreads like wild fire. It is normal for evil to beget evil but when Good beget evil, then the world escalates the fall. Friends, be watchful, mind your ways, your speech and your methods. Everyone is watching waiting for a small error. even the walls are listening. (I Corinthians 10:12)

5. Disgrace beget Grace. The Widow may have been disgraced with the actions of the governor and the viral-ness of the video of the confiscation of her goods and her pleas for mercy but within 5 days, she is richer than many that have viewed the video or read the stories. I am not saying you should go to mission road and hawk illegally and expect the governor to disgrace you and give you 2million oh!!

In all, If you have Jesus in your heart, he would direct you on what to speak. You may say something out of anger or naivety but with a good conscience, you would be able to swallow your pride, apologize and move on.

We hurt many people every day in our lives, but I wonder how many of us can swallow our pride to say “I am sorry”. And how many of us do forgive. It might hurt but forgive because Jesus has forgiven you.

Let all bitterness and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you. Ephesians 4:31-32 KJV

Have an anger free week and Happy new month. Welcome to December 2013.

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