To prove the validity of the book titled Christian Excellence and Morality, a questionnaire-distributing spree was embarked upon. This work started as a hypothesis in the form of a question, “Is there a relationship between Christian Excellence and Morality?” I was, however, able to induce from the responses obtained from the questionnaires distributed that there was a strong relationship between the two. The responses from real people revealed quite a lot of grey areas that need to be addressed. Hopefully, as you read the book, the searchlight shall be beamed on these questions and many more issues, and ignorance shall be exposed to the furious light of the day. Hence, responses to the questions asked are addressed below:
Q1: A great percentage of respondents answered ‘yes’ to the very first question “Are Christians the light of the world according to your Bible?”
Q2: In response to the question, “Do you see much shining of Christians in the world today?”, quite many respondents answered ‘yes’ as well as ‘no’. Other responses were: “No, because most things are calling for our attention”, “Not as much as we should”, “Partially”.
Q3: The next question, the third, was: “So, what is responsible for them not shining as should?” The following were their responses: “Might be as a result of their relationship with God”, “People profess Christianity (i.e. as a religion) but do not live the God-life (zoe)”, “Duplicity, ‘lust of the flesh’ (wanting to gratify their feelings), love of mundane things, a gradual lack of love for the things of God”, “Many of us are selfish, we are lazy, we have little or no concern for the lost souls, we do not see ourselves as the light”, “Sin is what is responsible for that”, “Sin is the reason, and only God can help us”, “Peer pressure, technology”, “Deflection to sin is what is responsible for Christians not shining as should”.
Q4: On the next question, which asked respondents “What do you understand by effective human performance?” the following were given: “Performing effectively in any task or job given”, “Achieving God’s maximum performance for our lives”, “The proper behavior of human beings to one another”, “Effective use of one’s resources, intellect, strength to achieve something”, “A situation in which a human delivers his best possible, his peak, his optimum, on a given expectation”, “Performing at optimum. It is called ‘Highest and Best Use’ in Land Economics”, “Effective influence of man on his environment”.
Q5: The next question was: “Are Christians performing to expectation in the society or being relegated to the background?” To which majority of respondents agreed that many Christians are not performing to expectation.
Q6: To the question “What are those factors responsible for poor/average performance among Christians?”, we had the following responses: “Ignorance and lack of faith”, “Not believing God to the fullest”, “Laziness, shyness, fear, discouragement, lack of love for things of God, love of money, peer pressure”, “Listening to bad music, not taking prayer and Bible study seriously”, “Duplicity, lusts of the flesh, love of mundane things, lack of knowledge, fear”, “Fornication, sin, adultery”, “Sin, being not prayerful”.
Q7: To the next question “What do you understand by Morality?” here are unedited individual responses: “Morality is the ability to act as being taught either from background or present to the community”, “Morality is having the sense of proper living and exhibiting them”, “Concerns the principle of right and wrong, a knowledge of ethics and what should and should not be”, “The degree to which something is good or bad based on human principle or by which one lives his/her life”, “Ability for a person to abstain from sin”, “Using one’s sense for doing things”.
Q8: Onto the eighth question “What do you understand by the term ‘Moral Dilemma’? Support with example(s)” we pooled the following responses together: “When your ethics of doing things is being challenged, for instance financial impropriety in office”, “This is a situation in which a difficult choice has to be made between two or more alternatives”, “I don’t know”, “A situation in which a hard choice is to be made between two options that are desirable, e.g. a choice between gratification from corruption and deciding against same”, “Confusion as to whether an issue is right or wrong”
Q9: The ninth question went thus, “Could you say that ‘moral dilemmas or how we handle them’ is one of such factors militating against Christian performance?” To which were the following responses, “Yes, moral dilemmas play a major factor”, “30 percent YES, 70 percent NO”, “Definitely yes!”, “Yes”, “Yes”, “Sometimes”.
Hence, from the responses to the questions asked above, it can be concluded that there is probably a degree of relationship between Personal Excellence and Morality.
Culled from the book Christian Excellence and Morality
By Henry Weiss
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