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THE PLACE OF POWER OF INNOCENCE (OFO NA OGU) IN THE MODERN SOCIETY.

Every religious organization has it’s own ethics. These ethics are the foundation of survival on planet earth and the human society, full of evil, wickedness and inhuman treatments. Any life lived without a good moral base or devoid of ethical principles is on the verge of doom. One of the natural ethics that stands tall to fight, defend, protect or avenge for an individual is the power of innocence. This powerful weapon of war and defence in the christian ethics is called INNOCENCY translated into Igbo Language as “OFO NA OGU”.

It has been observed that in human interpersonal relationships, there is nothing one will do to please every, especially one’s enemies. Sometimes, people hate others, conspire against them, try to entrap them or try to pull them down for no just cause.

Under those deadly challenges and accusations, it is only innocence that will be one’s instrument of defence and vindication. The word innocency means guiltless, harmless, a simple person with no knowledge of evil, a person with clear conscience, a person of good will, clean hands, clean heart and purged conscience.

God saw such a person in Job. “There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job, and that man was perfect and upright and one that fears God and eschewed evil” as written in the book of (Job 1:1). This weapon of defence and war manifested in the book of Daniel. The episode with Daniel in the land of Babylon with his conspirators and, the role of King Darius is a big lesson for the present generation, as written in Daniel chapter six. Daniel out of human hatred, conspiracy, and his faithfulness unto God was unjustly found guilty, condemned, and thrown into the den of lions to be consumed, but the reverse became the case because the power of innocence and “Ofo na Ogu” were in action.

When the king came to the lion’s den to probably sympathize with Daniel and cried, “Oh Daniel, servant of the living God, is that God whom thou servest continually able to deliver these from the lion’s den?” as captured in the book of Daniel 6:20. Daniel in response to the shock of King Darius said, ” Oh King, live forever, my God hath sent his angel and has shut the lion’s mouth that they have not hurt me. “ Daniel 6:21-22.

Innocence, ” Ofo na Ogu”, life of clear conscience, holiness, righteousness, and faithfulness prevail in all life circumstances and different human endeavours. Clear conscience they say fears no accusation. People should remember that what they sow is exactly what they will reap. Those in governance should govern well, the academia should teach and behave well, also those in business should be sincere in their dealings with people while those in the manufacturing of products should maintain approved standards. Whatever you do in life, do it to the glory of God.

When you operate in the power of innocence and ” Ofo na Ogu”, no weapon of your enemies fashioned against you will prosper as promised by the word of God. According to Martin Luther Junior, “the ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moment of comfort and convenience but where he stands in times of challenge and controversy.

VENERABLE WILSON NWACHUKWU, AN ANGLICAN PRIEST.

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