A theological ethical perspective of corruption in Mozambique
Aleixo, João Domingos
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Corruption is an issue that is being debated worldwide. These debates are based on different perspectives, including political, economical, philosophical, academic, social and religious points of departure. Although corruption has plagued humanity since the beginning of time, its profoundly negative effect has kept this issue on the table for discussion. Many measures have been invented to combat corruption at different levels, from global measures like conventions, agreements, protocols and different commissions, to the investigation of crimes related to corruption at a grassroots level. Former presidents have been convicted and sentenced for committing corruption and in different parts of the world wars have started as a seemingly justified means to overthrow corrupt governments. In Mozambique, current discussions engage civil society, politicians, entrepreneurs and religious leaders in the efforts to overcome corruption. However, the discussions start with mutual accusations, provoking in this way, the diffidence of all. The alarming levels of corruption in public institutions have caused citizens to become distrustful of the government’s commitment to combating this evil as a priority. The situation in the private sector is unfortunately no better. Corruption has even become evident in the church in different forms and at different levels. In the one hand, there are Christian leaders acting in accordance with the material benefits they receive from politicians and they bend the Christian doctrine to get personal benefits. This duality affects the church and its mission in the world negatively. It causes Christians to live two lives, one within the church, and another in the community and workplace. In other words, Christians act morally when they are among Christians, while doing everything the world does when they have to live in the world. This compromises their testimony to non-Christians. The challenge of overcoming this dualism could be a way of purifying the Christian attitude in the world.
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