One Careless Movement -2
“….he felt sure to sell the idea to the other men of the city- for he was highly respected and very popular.
So all the men agreed and were circumcised.
But three days later, when their wounds were sore and sensitive to every move they made, two of Dinah’s brothers, Simeon and Levi, took their swords, entered the city without opposition, and slaughtered every man there, including Shechem and Hamor.
They rescued Dinah from Shechem’s house and returned to their camp again.” ~ Gen 34:19, 24-26. TLB
Growing up, my parents, especially my father, would often warn us to avoid bad friends, with the belief that they would endanger our lives. We grew up with such a mindset to see only those the society classify to be bad, as the real threat. Meanwhile, that quiet easy going guy might be the serial rapist in town while the whole community points accusing fingers to the drug peddler down the street.
On the other hand, we tend to reduce the way we counsel quiet and easy-going children with the assumption that they have no need for it as they are already living right. That’s an area almost every parent fail. That child living right and acting right while children his age are doing wrong and causing problems for the community, is not secured yet. That child is going under severe pressure to conform to do what others are doing. This is not a theoretical assumption but a fact from personal experience and interactions with young people as a behavioural coach.
Shechem was not a bad guy as our Bible teachers have made us see him in that light for many years. In fact, he won’t have been able to convince a whole community to get circumcised because he wanted to marry a stranger. If he was a serial womanizer or a rapist, they would have simply ignored him, or at worst, encourage him to go hunt for another victim, as it was his manner.
But for them to stand with him and pay the price of circumcision for his sake, shows that he was a good man. Highly respected, and most likely, the first time he was presenting a woman he would love to marry to them. They were happy for him and gave him their unalloyed support.
The end result? A whole community was wiped out!
As the World celebrates this Valentine’s Day, there are innocent girls and guys who will not be lucky just like Shechem. They have read about how couples met themselves during Valentine and ended up having a together forever, and many with such illusions will be hooked to destiny destroyers. Many will end up getting involved in actions that will hunt their consciences for the rest of their lives.
For the adults, some will have their lives and destinies cut short and their legacies, forgotten like that of Shechem.
You never can tell, you might be the unlucky one.
This article might be the last warning that you would have.
There is much to life than celebrating an immoral day.
February 14th is just like every other day, keep it Holy.
Say no to Red!
Don’t be part of the Spread!
A & B Coach.
IDEDE Oseyande, a graduate of the Federal University of Technology, Akure, is an unrepentant believer in the Nigeria project.
His concern for the actualisation of a prosperous nation and the continent, in general, is reflected in his written works.
He currently runs an online advocacy platform (www.socialwatchdog.ng) where he engages the government and the people.
Among his published works are ‘What is Left of What is Right?’, ‘The Portrait of a Revolutionary Leader’ and ‘Warri No Dey Carry Last’.
He is a guest writer for several blogs and his Attitudinal and Behavioral Coaching classes has transformed many lives.