Discipline : A factor for Exemplary Lifestyle by Prof. Sabitu Olagoke
The lack of discipline could lead to a disintegration in society. It is imperative for leaders to live exemplary lifestyles, to become role models for others to emulate, to ensure that goodness remains in the society.
Leaders should respect the people’s perspective without been judgmental for them to accept their leaders as role models.
The Holy Bible in Matthew 7 : 1–2 emphasize this, ‘’1 Judge not, that ye be not judged.
The Holy Quran 5 : 8 also attests to this assertion on not been judgmental in assessing the general behavior of others.
‘’O you who have believed, be persistently standing firm for Allah , witnesses in justice, and do not let the hatred of a people prevent you from being just. Be just; that is nearer to righteousness. And fear Allah ; indeed, Allah is Acquainted with what you do.’’
The best of human sensitivity to the plight of others revolves around the fact that an individual must look inwards and cleanse himself or herself of dirt before pointing accusing fingers at others weaknesses. Firstly, correct yourself in moral discipline before attempting to blame others.
Furthermore, the Holy Bible Matthew 7 : 3–5 sensitizes us on the essence of not to be judgmental.
In the same vein, the Holy Quran asserts in 4 : 135 on the need for self critical examination. ‘’Believers! Be upholders of justice,164 and bearers of witness to truth for the sake of Allah,165 even though it may either be against yourselves or against your parents and kinsmen, or the rich or the poor: for Allah is more concerned with their well-being than you are. Do not, then, follow your own desires lest you keep away from justice. If you twist or turn away from (the truth), know that Allah is well aware of all that you do.’’
The Holy Bible in Proverbs 25 : 28 states, ‘’He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.’’
In summary, every evangelical mission, Jihad or Daawah, must be based on the tenets of the Holy Quran 16 : 125, ‘’Invite to the way of your Lord with wisdom and good instruction, and argue with them in a way that is best. Indeed, your Lord is most knowing of who has strayed from His way, and He is most knowing of who is [rightly] guided.’’
Let us be scripture compliant by saying it and living by it, for the world to be safe, secured and habitable.