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The Colossian Code and Nigerian Anti-Corruption Crusade: Implications for the Budget Padding Saga

By Society For Research And Academic Excellence  et al

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The Colossian household code (Col. 3.18-4.1) is structured in three pairs of reciprocal relationships: wife-husband, children-father, and slave-master. This code, on the one hand, enjoins the submission of wives to their husbands, obedience of children to their parents and obedience of slaves to their masters as their Christian duty. On the other hand, the code enjoins husbands to love their wives and not to be harsh with them, fathers not to infuriate their children, and masters to treat their slaves fairly. Literally speaking, this code suggests that the wife, children and slaves are subordinate members of the Christian household, while the husband, father or master – paterfamilias- is the dominant member of the Christian household. The Colossian code has been criticised as unjust and therefore unfit for contemporary ethical teaching by modern and postmodern biblical critics, who subject biblical texts to modern moral judgement. This is because the text is alleged to encourage slavery and patriarchy. (Meeks, 1996; Schüssler Fiorenza, 1983)
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Abstract

This paper explored the ethical motifs entrenched in the Colossian Household Code and opined that this Code provides a model for responsible living in a patriarchal society when reciprocal duties and obligations are adequately rendered. Employing exegetical and analytical methods, the paper demonstrated that the distinctive feature derived from Paul’s ethical motifs embedded in this code is the beauty of unequal fingers working collaboratively for the interest, wellbeing and common good of every member of the community.  While applying these ethical motifs to the budget padding saga, this paper observed that instead of working for the wellbeing and common good of Nigerian citizens as enjoined in this code some current leaders and those in privileged positions employ collective deceit and connivance to perpetrate corruption and concomitantly underdevelopment. The paper enjoined those in leadership positions as well as lawmakers to employ the eschatological dimension of the Colossian Code in governance by entrenching the culture of both immediate and future accountability of those who hold privileged positions.

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Society For Research And Academic Excellence

Society For Research And Academic Excellence

Based in University of Nigeria, Nsukka, this academic society is incorporated in Nigeria to encourage brilliant and enterprising research scholars, both young and experienced, to make known the results of their hard work for the good of the nation and the world. The Society accepts research initiatives for publications and mentors potential scholars to achieve their vision.
Ven. Oliver C. Igwe

Ven. Oliver C. Igwe

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