THERE’S GOOD IN EVERYONE


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Two months ago,the  social media space in Ghana went agog over comments made by Ghanaian actress and model, Moesha Boduong. Moesha in an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour revealed that her motivation for dating married men is because the economy is tough. She said “In Ghana, our economy is such a way that you need someone to take care of you. You can’t make enough money as a woman here. Because even when you want to get an apartment in Ghana, they take two years advance and I just started working. Where will I get money to pay?”

She received a lot of flak from a large section of the Ghanaian public who were irked by her comments and accused her of painting a negative picture of Ghanaian women to the world. Even though the criticisms against her were justified, it got to a point where some comments made against her were derogatory and sought to malign her. It was surprising to see how the self-righteous Christians also waded in the conversation and maligned her. One would ask, Is Christianity not all about Grace aimed at restoring sinners back to God?

I am of the belief that the thoughts and actions of people are a result of the circumstances surrounding them. NB: I’m not condoning what she did. I believe if the people we’re quick to malign and judge were presented with the opportunities that some of us had, they’d have made the right choices. As a result, I’ve come to the conclusion that “There is good in everybody”. No matter the questionable character some people exhibit, time and circumstances always reveals the good in them.

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A servant of God named Joshua secretly sent two spies to go look over the land God had promised them. While on their mission, they lodged in the house of a prostitute named Rahab. When the King of Jericho heard some spies had come to town, he sent men to Rahab to give them up. Rahab admitted the men came to town but denied knowing their whereabouts. Unknown to them, Rahab had hidden the spies. This audacious act by Rahab saved the lives of the 2 spies.

Jesus honored an invitation to dinner in the house of a Pharisee. While there, a woman who is believed to live a sinful life learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house. She came with an alabaster jar of perfume, wet his feet with her tears, wiped them with her hair and poured perfume on them.

When the Pharisee saw this, he said to himself “If this man were a prophet, he would know who Is touching him and what kind of woman she is- that she is a sinner” Jesus then told the man a story about forgiveness after which he turned toward the woman and said to the Pharisee “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair”.

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These are two women whom society have condemned and maligned for their questionnable way of life . To the people around them, they were a nonentity and nothing good could come out of them How come something good came out of them when they encountered a different set of people? They were able to do good because the new people they met gave them a chance and they chose to be good. I doubt if the spies knew Rahab was a prostitute in the first place because if they knew, they wouldn’t have lodged in her house and they might have been killed.

The woman who anointed the feet of Jesus was condemned by all for her sins so nobody wanted to have anything to do with her. I believe Jesus who is God manifest in the flesh and omniscient knew about this. When he chose not to malign the woman but rather gave her the chance to come near Him, the woman showed Him the good in her to the dismay of everybody. Even though the Pharisee referred to her as a sinful woman, Jesus called her a woman. All Jesus saw was a woman and not her sins.

When we choose to see people based on their flaws, that’s all they’d always be to us. When we choose to see them as humans and relate to them as humans, they can be anything to us. If we’d give the people we quickly condemn as a result of their actions a new chapter, they’d be better people. No matter the bad choices people make in life, they deserve to be given a chance to make things right.

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