Table of Contents
- Executive Summary
The Reverend Joel Edwards, the head of Micah Challenge, based in London, writes the following: “Corruption isn’t just bad ethics: it has a direct link to poverty and kills body, soul and spirit. It would cost the world approximately $210billion per annum to keep our global promise to reduce extreme poverty by half in 2015 but every year the poor lose well over $1 trillion through deliberate or indirect dishonesty. (read more)
- Methodology – Mike Smith
Those who know me will have heard me say that the ministry God called me to is about Worklife. (read more)
- Nelson Mandela Bay declaration – The Church of Jesus Christ.
- Potchefstroom declaration – Unashamedly Ethical
We the South African community leaders of Unashamedly Ethical declare that God has a perfect will and plan for South Africa. We recognize that the nation of South Africa needs Godly ethics, values and clean living. We are responding to God’s call to bring transformation and renewal in South Africa by taking responsibility for raising the standard of ethics, values and clean living in our land. (read more)
- Prayer and Prayer examples
On Wednesday 16 September 2020, 50 leaders from all sectors of our city from churches, business, labour, SANGOCO, sporting bodies, veterans and several other community structures met in silent prayer in front of the city hall from 12:00 to 14:00. This was a follow on from a similar protest hosted by the SACC in Bhisho. These kinds of activity are powerful statements by the people. (read more)
- Unashamedly Ethical
The organisation, Unashamedly Ethical, was founded by Graham Power, as part of the vision God gave him, based on 2 Chronicles 7:14. The first part of the vision gave effect to the Global Day of Prayer, the second, to do with repentance, is encapsulated in the Unashamedly Ethical campaign and the third part is yet to be revealed, namely, in Graham Power’s words, a Tsunami of a revival. (read more)
- What is Unashamedly Ethical
The Reverend Joel Edwards, the head of Micah Challenge, based in London, wrote the following:
“Corruption isn’t just bad ethics: it has a direct link to poverty and kills body, soul and spirit. It would cost the world approximately $210 billion per annum to keep our global promise to reduce extreme poverty by half in 2015, but every year the poor lose well over $1 trillion through deliberate or indirect dishonesty. It means that our best efforts are being devalued by the dishonesty we ignore. Ignoring corruption is like investing your money in an economy with hyperinflation.” (read more)
- Source Material
A series of six articles were written for the Herald for a column on corruption. Using topical everyday observations, they illustrate the wide range of actions that qualify as corruption in the opinion of the author. Please see: 8.1, 8.2, 8.3, 8.4, 8.5, 8.6.
Thus, they can be used in social media or as part of a teaching. Please see: 8.7, 8.8, 8.9, 8.10, 8.11 (read more)
8.1 Democracy must start with a stand against corruption:
“The time for the Church to heal our land from corruption is now” is the title of a column by Bishop Jacob Freemantle and published in the EP Herald on 4 March 2019. Most of us would react rapidly if ever diagnosed with a deadly disease. (read more)
8.2 Who is guilty?:
I used to meet with a group of Christian business people on a weekly basis for prayer and support, in the board room of a local manufacturing company. (read more)
8.3 Are we self-deceived?
Elections are over, members of Parliament have been sworn in, some people with tainted pasts have not made themselves available to serve in that capacity, and we wait with baited breath for things to change. Will the NPA get around to charging those whose names have been bandied about, seemingly for years? (read more)
8.4 Remain positive
In the last article on this theme I dealt with a practical initiative that we as the general public can involve ourselves in. And that was, to take a personal stand against corruption and commit ourselves and the institutions that we control to be Unashamedly Ethical. (read more)
8.5 City Transformation
At a gathering of church and other ministry leaders at Fountain Vineyard on 6 June 2019, Shaun Brauteseth, an elder at Oxygen Life church, when asked what his enduring passion was, said “it is all about discipleship. That was the only way you will transform a city. Everything else is peripheral.” (read more)
8.6 Situational Ethics
On 27 July 2019, our rugby team took on their arch foes, the All Blacks in Wellington, New Zealand. Although it was a dour test match, it was remarkable for its climax, a draw, which seemed very much like a win. (read more)
8.7 An opportunity for the church to intervene in order to diminish corruption in South Africa?
Rev Dr A Roger Tucker: Ephesians 5:8 -10: Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. (read more)
8.8 How serious is corruption in South Africa?
Ps 82:4,5 [NET]) Rescue the poor and needy! Deliver them from the power of the wicked!
They (the wicked) neither know nor understand. They stumble around in the dark, while all the foundations of the earth crumble. (read more)
8.9 ‘They worship in our churches’‘What then can the righteous do?’
Col 2:15 (NIV) And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross. (read more)
8.10 ‘They worship in our churches’ What does God’s Word teach us about government and business practice?
Deuteronomy 25:16 (NIV2): For the LORD your God detests anyone… anyone who deals dishonestly. (read more)
8.11 Turning rhetoric into practice
1 Peter 4:17 (NIV2) “For it is time for judgment to begin with God’s household (the church); and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God?” (read more)
9. Whistle Blowing
For those who are willing to step into the dirty fast flowing river of corruption together with others in order to stem the tide, they may very well encounter instances of fraud and corruption which deserve to be reported. (read more)
For more information or queries contact:
- Mike Smith (CA) SA
- Cell: +27 83 452 7005
- Skype: mike.smith331