One of the four cardinal sins against the Holy Spirit which can never be forgiven in this world nor in the world to come, as Jesus Christ had revealed, is presuming to gain salvation without meriting it. In other words, it is pretending to be good and holy, looking down on others, when one is indeed a criminal.
Jesus gave an account of two people who went to the Temple to pray. One was a Pharisee, a pretensious holy man, while the other one was a tax collector, or an acknowledged sinner.
According to him: “The Pharisee stood alone, away from the tax collector and prayed thus: ‘Oh God, I thank you that I am not as bad as other people. I am not like men who steal, cheat, or commit adultery. I thank you that I am better than this tax collector. I fast two times a week, and I give a tenth of everything I get”.
On his part, “the tax collector stood alone too. But when he prayed, he would not even look up to heaven. He felt humble before God, and said: ‘O God have mercy on me, I am a sinner!'”
As Jesus revealed, “when the tax collector finished his prayer and went home, he was right with God, but the Pharisee who felt that he was better than others, was not right with God. People who make themselves important will be made humble, but those who make themselves humble will be made important”. (Luke, 18: 7-14).
That is the perspective upon which we may view the recent apology tendered to Nigerians by the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the sanctimonious position of the All Peoples Congress (APC).
The APC believes that it had never sinned and the best answer to Nigeria’s problems. It sees the PDP as the worst thing to happen to Nigeria. It has never seen anything the PDP did during its 16 years rule of the country.
The APC equally sees every member of the PDP as a criminal, or a rogue, who should not be associated with in any shape or form.
On its part, the PDP believes that it made some mistakes during its stewardship of the country, proceeded to tender an apology to Nigerians, and pledging to make amends if given another opportunity.
According to the Bible, all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. Also, anyone who says that he is not a sinner makes God a liar.
It is not always easy to say:”I am sorry”. It looks so simple, but it is very heavy in the mouth. However, if it is sincerely uttered and with a genuine resolve to make amends, it will free or relieve a burdened heart.
According to the Bible, all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. Also, anyone who says that he is not a sinner, makes God a liar.
In other words, for the APC to claim that they are all saints makes the party a laughing stock.