Genesis 9: 22- 25
Ham, the father of Canaan, saw his father’s nakedness and told his two brothers outside, But Shem and Japheth took a garment and laid it across their shoulders; then they walked in backwards and covered their father’s nakedness… When Noah awoke from his wine and found out what his youngest son had done to him, he said, “Cursed be Canaan! The lowest of slaves will he be to his brothers.”-
I don’t know about you, but when I read these four verses for the first time, I could not understand what Ham did, that was so wrong! In fact I became angry!
You find your dad laying there naked because of his negligence, and you quickly step out and tell your older brothers, who as a result cover him up! What’s wrong with that? Why should I be punished for that? I mean, it’s not even my fault that this old man had too much to drink. Now, because he is embarrassed that I was ACCIDENTALLY exposed to his nakedness, I get punishment? I could not understand that at all…
Until I read it again (maybe you should too). Then my eyes were opened, and I realized that- although this whole thing was his father’s fault- Ham reacted foolishly towards the situation.
Can you see that “But” in the second verse? That caught my attention! That small word connects the two sentences; and is used to suggest- in an affirmative sense- what the latter sentence implied in a negative way. I know you missed that; so let me bring it home. The verse says: “But Shem and Japheth took a garment and laid it across their shoulders; then they walked in backwards and covered their father’s nakedness…”
Notice that- unlike their younger brother- they don’t run to the rest of the family to report to them that their father is naked! They take a garment and cover the old man. And that’s something Ham could have done in the first place! But, No! Instead of doing the covering; the young dude decided to go out and advertise his dad’s nakedness to the world!
Remember I said- in the post preceding this one
– that the four couples that came out of the ark were the only people on earth at the time? So, Ham actually advertised his dad’s nakedness to the world’s population. If he was a 21st century man, he would have posted Noah’s nakedness on social media, reported it on international news channels and tabloid news papers for the world to see this “great leader” failing.
Does it ring a bell yet? Are we not doing the same too? I have seen people(including you Christians) on social media, insulting and making fun of Leaders- especially Spiritual and Political ones! How do you do that, and still expect God to give you influence! In fact, let me correct this error… You may not be comfortable with the:
- Age of your Pastor,
- Gender of your CEO
- Ideology of your President
- Religion of your Supervisor
- Beliefs of a certain King/ Queen/ Chief
- Skin colour and ethnicity of your Teacher
But these people have been given authority over you by God; therefore you need to respect their position! By respecting their office, you are respecting God.
South African Government in mid & late 2015 was angered by the killings of the state police, and their reason was simple- ‘When you attack the police(given authority by the state), you are actually attacking the state itself.’ And because of that; their gloves were off in fighting these criminals. If the government feels this way about their police, what more God about the Leaders He gave authority to?
If you respect Authority; God will respect you enough to give you Authority! Instead of insulting and making fun of our Leaders’ short comings; how about we pray for them! Prayer is the garment that we can use to cover our Leaders’ nakedness; and by praying for them; the bible guarantees us peace- 1 Timothy 2:1-2
I am not suggesting at all, that we act as robots and never disagree with their way of doing things, but let’s guard against insulting and making fun of our Leaders’ weaknesses.
- Show me a person who insults and ridicules their Leader in order to infiltrate position of power; and I will show you one whose influence won’t last- I have seen them in my life time!
- Show me a person who disrespects his parents(biological or spiritual); and I will show you one who will struggle to succeed in life- I have seen them in my life time!
I am sure you are now starting to get the picture of what Ham did, that was so wrong. Even if it’s your Leader’s fault that he finds himself in a compromised position; what matters is how you react to that position! And that is the deciding factor of how far your influence will stretch! Guard against saying things about a Leader just because you have to say something!
Be wise, and your influence will last!
– As you Infiltrate and Influence, what are the lessons to take home(from this post)?
Respect authority; and God will respect you enough to give you authority.
Even if you are a Leader yourself, you are not exempted from this principle.
You may not feel that a particular Leader deserves your respect, but respect them because of their office.
Don’t disrespect your parents (biological or spiritual) lest you struggle to succeed in life.
Don’t insult and ridicule your Leaders in order to promote yourself- You will soon go down.
Make a choice to pray for Leaders; that you may leave peaceful and quite life.
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