The video on cleanliness though amusing is a crucial reminder of the importance of personal and environmental
It is quite depressing to see our promising neighborhoods degenerate to a waste-ridden, poorly-maintained concrete
jungle. It really begins with us. Every, puzzle is made up of small but significant pieces. We must take the initiative to
acquire foresight, to recognize our individual roles and how we fit in the bigger picture. Every action, no matter how
small, makes a difference. “Haba na haba, hujaza kibaba”, the Swahili proverb instructs, “little by little, the pot gets
filled”. What if every one of us took the initiative to deliberately clean up and maintain our personal and
environmental hygiene? We would make a BIG difference!
It’s not rocket science. It is common sense that cleanliness yields clarity, order, longevity and even creativity.
Cleanliness is not only associated with physical but also mental and social well being.
Experts have found that cleanliness and the desire for purity has a function of creating social bonds. As so clearly
depicted in the video, most people react negatively to a poor sense of hygiene. A poorly groomed person is most
likely to be rejected or judged harshly in a normal social setting. Cleanliness yields self confidence and helps facilitate
healthy social interactions. Clearly, there is more to cleanliness than just hygiene.
Proper hygiene and social etiquette can be learned and practiced daily. We can also take the initiative to diligently
report and reprimand cases of poor hygiene practices such as littering, spitting, urinating in public, etc.
THE REAL ISSUE: A SPIRITUAL PERSPECTIVE
The parallel between physical and moral cleanliness has often been depicted throughout the history of mankind. It is
apparent in ancient proverbs such as “Cleanliness is next to Godliness”.
Worse than any dirt we have ever encountered is the filth of sin. In the beginning God made Adam and Eve, the first
of mankind, to live a good and perfect life in fellowship with God, Himself (Genesis 1:31; ). When Adam and Eve
disobeyed God, the human race became infected with sin and death (Genesis 2:17). Human beings handed over their
jurisdiction to the Enemy Satan(Genesis 3). And so all human beings and creation as a whole took on a degenerated
form that was not God’s original design. This is why we see the presence of evil, disorder, decay, death and other
forms of darkness in the world. Since then, every human being is born with an innate sinful nature(Romans 3:23,
5:12), an uncleanness that cannot be cleansed by anything except the blood sacrifice of Jesus Christ(1 John 1:9;
Jesus Christ is the only way human beings can attain spiritual purity(1 Timothy 2:5, Hebrews 12:24). The debt of sin
cannot be dealt with without the shedding of blood (Hebrews 9:22). Only the blood sacrifice of Jesus is capable of
fully cleansing the sins of every soul. Through Jesus Christ, we can now be partakers of the divine nature of God and
can function like God in terms of our character and nature (Acts 17:29; 2 Peter 1:2-4). With the mind of Christ (1
Corinthians 2:16) we can fully understand on a practical level the will and purposes of God. It is the nature of God to
be pure (1 Peter 1:16) and orderly (1 Corinthians 14:33). God gives us a deeper revelation on how to govern our
personal lives and our environment. We can partner with Him to establish His kingdom on Earth, as it is in Heaven.
Many people in the world are so broken and out of order (1 John 3:4) because they have not met and known God.
The first step towards true purification and restoration is Jesus Christ.
How would God govern and maintain the environment? What are some of the poor hygiene practices you have
come across in your surrounding? How can we creatively and practically clean and maintain our environment? Your
- S Prev