With no absolute laws in the secular world, defining right and wrong is a strictly personal matter, but I dare say that there’s no pursuit of effective performance without deep regard for the Law, whether of God or of man. It’s not sustainable, hence ‘No Excellence without Law’, ‘No Excellence without Morality’. However, the world need not be morally confusing or conflicting if only we would allow God’s word to dictate what’s right and wrong to us, allowing it to judge and correct us, provided we are not double-minded about accepting the authority of the Bible as our moral guide. The longer people fail to submit themselves to the one and true Lawgiver who alone determines right from wrong, the more morally conflicting and confusing the world will become for them.
There seems to be a connection or direct proportionality between saintliness/morality and excellence/effective performance. I observed from my study of the Bible that the excellent ones in the Bible were all saintly, morally conscious, and upright people, or in biblical terms ‘they feared God and kept His commandments’. From Abel to Zechariah, this point rings true. David was the greatest king Israel ever had. Joseph became the Prime Minister of Egypt, and used greatly by God to preserve nations at the time during an austere worldwide famine. Daniel excelled among his colleagues and succeeded to the highest echelon in the Babylonian realm, which was the first world empire in world history. Nehemiah got the attention of the Persian king Cyrus who held Israel captive, and commissioned him to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. Joshua stood out from his counterparts, was chosen by Moses, and led the Israelites to the Promised Land. Job, a brilliant architect, was the richest man in the East, and built great structures. He is believed to have built the great pyramids of Egypt. All these personalities excelled in their realms and were strict keepers of God’s laws and way of life. But was it because of their morality or saintliness that they excelled or performed effectively? A further study into the Bible revealed the answer, “As for the saints who are on the earth, they are the excellent ones, in whom is all my delight” (Psa16v3). Whose delight? God’s delight of course! Because they are His saints, He delights in them, causes, moves and inspires them to prosper and excel in their undertakings.
I agree with Dr. Tony Rapu’s declaration in the ‘Faith and Reason’ section of THISDAY Sunday newspaper dated 5th June, 2011. He opined, “The marketplace and the public square are largely unrealized frontiers for kingdom activity. Daniel typifies the principle and the posture that the Christians must begin to exemplify in these spheres. The next dimension of church will manifest in the form of anointed Christian professionals bearing witness to three important truths namely: that faith and professional excellence are not contradictory concepts; that it is possible to advance without moral compromise; and that high performance bears a greater witness to our values than words…”
This work is about to lend credence to the fact that Morality and Personal Excellence are not conflicting concepts; that it is possible to overcome the moral burden or dilemmas and advance to greater heights without moral compromise; and that effective performance or excellence bears a greater witness to our values than mere words would say.
Hence, from the responses to the questions asked above, it can be concluded that there is a cogent link and strong indication of relationship between Personal Excellence and Morality.
Culled from the book Christian Excellence and Morality
By Henry Weiss
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