It is not an overstatement to say moral standard in our society has for long been trampled upon as a result of our crave for materialism. While the average adult opportunist in our society indulges in illicit financial dealings, cronyism and insincerity in both high and low levels, the youths rake in other vices such as sexual abuse, robbery, murder, cultism, flagrant breaking of laws and order, drunkenness, drug addiction, thuggery etc. Everybody in Nigeria lives in fear over the level of moral decay in the country.
Some may attribute this to civilization and westernisation, but our expectation of civilization is a well developed and organised human society. It should be that of a positive human relationship, respect for self, law and maturity.
In recent time, we have experienced militancy, kidnapping and abduction perpetrated by youths. This widespread moral decadence in the entire society can be attributed to the satanic principle of secular humanism embraced by all humanity today.
This philosophically principle emphasizes humans functioning independently from God and His written revelation. Secular humanism has become the underlying philosophy and accepted religion in secular education, government and society in general, and it is also the established viewpoint of most of the news and entertainment media throughout the world. This principle is also adopted by many churches today.
In this philosophy, people teach and also believe that humanity, the universe and all that exists consist only of matter and energy shaped into their present form by impersonal chance. This implies humans operating only in the physical and work through motivational force.
They also believe that humans have not been created by a personal God, but are the product of a chance process of evolution. They reject belief in a persor.al, infinite God and denies that the Bible is the inspired revelation of God to the human race. This erases the fear of God from rnany heart, making them to do whatsoever they will and also disbelieve the eternal judgement of God on all evil doers.
This philosophy asserts that knowledge does not exist anywhere, apart from human discovery and that human reason determines the appropriate ethics of society, thereby making human beings the ultimate authority concerning moral choice.
It seeks to modify or improve human behaviour through education, redistribution of wealth, modern psychology or human wisdom. It also teaches that moral standards are not absolute but relative, determined by what makes people happy, brings them pleasure, or seems good for society according to the goals set by its leaders.
Again, this philosophy considers human self- fulfillment, satisfaction and pleasure to be the highest good in life, while it maintains that people should learn to cope with death and difficulties in life without belief in or dependence on God.
This philosophy of secular humanism is satanic and an expression of Satan’s lie that humans can be like God. Humanism has, therefore, made people to change the truth of God into a lie, to workship and serve the creatures more than God. It has also caused parents to concentrate only on making a living for their children rather than teaching them how to live. It has eroded the fear of God in many lives, trivialised evil and truncated God’s eternal judgment against evil doings. That is why ritual killings, fraud, avarice, robbery of all kinds, occultism, cheating, vendetta and all shades of open and secret vices are manifested without remorse.
Even with the proliferation of churches, people now draw near to God with their mouths, and honour him with their lips, but their heart is far from God. They worship God in vain and their teachings are but rules taught by men. Because mankind cannot deny the existence of God, they now try to claim they know God, but in their actions, they deny Him.
These erroneous precepts are daily imbibed, internalised and unwittingly transmitted into the children, both in the family, society and in the schools, forgetting that laying emphasis only on intellectual and skill development is capable of turning the society into a godless society.
Let us not forget that the missionaries who brought the formal education which we now price above rubis included scriptural-base moral instruction as part of the curriculum. This is because of the indispensability of moral in the overall development of man and the society. Unfortunately, in the process of modification and improvement of behaviour, the subject was dropped and considered as a religious dogma.
Man is a religious animal. To buttress this, I borrow the words of moral philosophers- Professor Ogbonna L. et al which states inter alia: “Morality cannot exist without religion, because religion formed the basis of moral development among the people in a given society. It is difficult to practice good moral without tracing its foundation to religion. People exhibit good behaviour as to derive total happiness, please God and obey His commandments so as to avoid being punished by God. God is the final guardian of law; order and of moral codes. The man which is a moral agent is from religion. The man’s existence and origin is, therefore, traceable to God, the Maker and Creator of the whole world. God is the foundation of religion and the man that practices it in the society that God created is a religious animal or being and the development of morality is based on the man which is a religious being. Therefore, the role of religion (God) in moral development cannot be over-emphasised”.
Even some of the world leaders we imitate acknowledged the essence of God. For instance, George Washington, the first President of U.S.A once said, “It is impossible to rightly govern the word without God and the Bible”. Andrew Jackson, the seventh President of U.S.A also said, “It (the Bible) is the rock on which our republic rests”.
Queen Victoria of England in her own account said, “England has become great and happy by the knowledge of the true God through Jesus Christ …. This is the secret of England’s greatness”.
The moral problem we have at all levels of our society today, mostly among our youths, is because we have forgotten God, relegated scriptural-base moral instruction to the background and have busied ourselves with mad-throng for wealth, name and position and also teach our children the same. This neglect of God and lack of fear of divine punishment is the cause of large-scale corruption in our society today.
Let us return to this forgotten imperative and teach our youths and children the indispensability of God-factor in everything we do or believe. With time, our society will change for the better.
Anaemeje writes from Port Harcourt.