One of the serious problems most African countries face is poor waste management and the situation is becoming disheartening when the citizenry does not care about the problem but worsens it through their activities. It is very disgusting to see market women selling foodstuff or cooked food in the midst of heaped up rubbish and along gutters.
As if that is not enough, in this 21st Century, we still see people openly defecating into water bodies, refuse dumps and nearby bushes. It is very funny as a nation to hear the citizens blaming the leadership of the country for poorly managing the nations waste while government also throws jab at its citizens for bad attitudes leading to littering of the nation.
Sometimes, people do not see anything wrong with what they have done until a national disaster strikes and there, huge amounts of money will be pumped into rescue operations whereas parts of the money released cannot be accounted for.
Despite the clarion call to take heed to cleanliness, it amazes me that Christians who should set good examples and transform their societies are most of the time also found as culprits to these offences. In fact, living in filth as a believer is no Christianity. I repeat, living in filth is no Christianity.
Why Should Christians Stay Away From Filth?
- Cleanliness is next to godliness:
Many people are very smart to quote and say that “Cleanliness is next to godliness”. It is high time we look at it and personalize it to read “My cleanliness is next to my godliness”.
- God dislikes filth
Filth can be likened to sin. God is a holy God and all those who worship Him must worship Him Spirit and in Truth – John 4:24.
- Unclean and filthy things attract demons
In the Bible, many demonic spirits are addressed as unclean spirits. This means that they are not pure, not holy but always pretending to be good spirits. Your uncleanliness can be the only avenue through which demonic spirits will enter your family and begin to frustrate and destroy your life.
- Cleanliness is a command from Moses
Deuteronomy 23:12 says that designate a place outside the camp where you can go to relieve yourself. 13 As part of your equipment have something to dig with, and when you relieve yourself, dig a hole and cover up your excrement.14 For the Lord your God moves about in your camp to protect you and to deliver your enemies to you. Your camp must be holy, so that he will not see among you anything indecent and turn away from you.
- God will turn away during divine visitation
Moses warned: “Your camp must be holy, so that God will not see among you anything indecent and turn away from you” – Deut. 23:13
As Christians, we are supposed to live exemplary lives to be the torchbearer and spearhead the activities of Christ. Living in sin and throwing rubbish indiscriminately has been catered for.
Remember that living in filth is not Christianity.