Following Israel's victory and conquest of Jericho with the leadership of the man of God, Joshua, the word of God said, "So the Lord was with Joshua, and his fame was in all the land. But the sons of Israel acted unfaithfully in regard to the things under the ban, for Achan, the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, from the tribe of Judah, took some of the things under the ban, therefore the anger of the Lord burned against the sons of Israel". Some of the things by God include clothing, cattle and other plunder that God said Israel should destroy when they conquered Jericho (Joshua 6:17-19). The logical question would be, "Why did God have to punish the sons of Israel for the sin of one man Achan alleging they were all unfaithful?" That could be interpreted by the fact that Achan's sin was not condemned by the leadership and community of Israel, an action which clearly contravened God's instruction until later on after they were unbelievably defeated by a tiny people of Ai. Achan seemed to have been treated as if what he did was okay and not a big deal!
The lesson we all should learn here is that each one of us is important in the life and context of our Church community, especially within our nuclear family setting and beyond. What we do in the secret, especially sin we may commit and unrepented may have a lasting effect upon us all leading to spiritual demise and loss of fellowship with God. When we leave undone what we should have done, we may be doing injustice to other people in our circle of influence especially as people of God. Our life torches and affects each other and we are accountable to and responsible for each other. We cannot afford to be living our life as if we are an island to our self. The effect our sin goes a long way impacting other people around us. Even the spiritual gifts we have is not for only for our personal consumption, but also for the benefit of others so we all grow together in God's grace for our best good (Ephesians 4:11-13). As we go in the year 2018, let's know and practice our Christian life because we are one body in Christ Jesus. - Dr. Johnson Omoni