This tip is primarily for those who “rule” over us, like in our local government unit (LGUs), the policemen, soldiers, etc., but this tip can also apply to use ordinary folks.

Proverbs 28:16 says, “A ruler with no understanding will oppress his people, but one who hates corruption will have long life.

Using this verse alone, it is pretty clear to our barangay captains, mayors, governors and all those in public office how to have long life: they must hate corruption. Sadly, this verse is very true for us living in the Philippines where cases of injustice always happen when it is between those in power and those who live under them. Power corrupts and breeds corruption so if a ruler is not careful (and many are not) he will oppress those he rules over; but the in return their life would be short.

If corruption runs unabated the people will take the law and justice into their own hands. The classic example is the 1986 People’s Power revolution which ousted the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos and installed Cory Aquino. A lot of people went missing during his regime, and presumed dead. How many politicians have been assassinated because of wrongdoing in the government? There are so many. Their short lives testifies to the truth of Proverbs 28:16.

How does this affect us ordinary people? Well when we cause corruption on those we have influence in like in the workplace, school, or community. When people are placed in positions of influence, it is easy to be corrupted, that is why at the start we should hate corruption and need to make a stand. Our hearts should be inclined to protect and maintain justice. We can oppress the poor in many ways than we can ever imagine. If we do that we will be guilty of corruption and God may take the position of influence or worse, take life.

So there you go. We must hate corruption and very well avoid people who do it because it can very well shorten our life.