Valentines day 2013 has brought a wave of sad news from Africa. Inspirational athlete, Oscar Pistorius, has been charged with the murder of his girlfirend and Nigeria is also mourning the loss of celebrity singer Goldie Harvey whose real name is Susan Oluwabimpe Harvey.
Goldie reportedly passed on after returning from a trip to the United States on Thursday Febuary 14th 2013. Goldie’s Twitter handle and Facebook fan page confirmed her death with the message “It is with heavy heart that I have to inform you all that Goldie passed this night shortly after arriving Lagos from LA. May her soul rest in the eternal peace of the Lord – Admin!!” The message was posted at around 11 pm on Thursday. Street Journal’s findings revealed that Goldie was brought into Reddington Hospital around 7.55 pm, where she was confirmed dead. UPDATE: Goldie’s manager, unaware of his client’s demise, incorrectly asked fans to disregard any rumors that the star was dead. He has since then retracted that message to confirm Goldie’s death.
Producer, Don Jazzy also tweeted, “RIP Goldie”. Famous Nollywood actress, Stella Damasus tweeted “Rest in peace Goldie. We will miss you dearly. God grant your family the strength to bear the loss. It is well.”
“I woke up this morning and this thought wouldn’t leave my head The 7 deadly Sins”.
I don’t know why it kept ringing in my head as I hadn’t watched a movie or even read anything similar to the subject before I went to bed or even in recent times.
However, never being one to ignore the signs, I decided to do a little research and read up on “The 7 deadly sins” and it definitely was an eye opener.
The Seven Deadly Sins: Proverbs 6:16-19. “There are six things the LORD hates, seven that are detestable to him:
Haughty eyes, (Pride), A lying tongue,(A Liar), Hands that shed innocent blood,(Murderer), A heart that devises wicked schemes, Feet that are quick to rush into evil, A false witness who pours out lies and a person who stirs up conflict in the community”(Gossip).
The real 7 sins however are; Lust. Gluttony. Greed. Sloth. Wrath. Envy. Pride.
Lust: Doesn’t relate to just anything s*xual, but relates to an obsession with pleasure. A disordered desire for inordinate physical enjoyment. Anyone who can’t get enough of a “good” thing so much that it turns bad is lustful.
Gluttony: Gluttony isn’t just about excessive eating, it pertains to wanting anything in excessive amounts even when you have no use for it. Anyone who wants more than they need or can make use of at any point in time is a glutton.
Greed: Pertains to an obsessive desire for material wealth and Power. A desire to amass any and everything the world has to offer. Anyone who revels in the attainment of wealth and power in order to be better than and/or have control over others is greedy.
Sloth: Sloth is a kind of spiritual laziness as opposed to mere physical fatigue. It means not making it a priority to do what we should, or change what we should in ourselves. Some people might call it apathy, which means a lack of feeling. An example of sloth is someone avoiding to do the right thing due to a lack of personal motivation.
Wrath: Wrath or anger is an emotion that makes us want do hostile things to each other. It isn’t the “anger” itself that is the sin, but the actions it leads us to should we allow it to. An example of an action anger can cause is vengeance.
Envy: Envy is the love of what other people possess, rather than what is Good, Beautiful and True. Anyone who covets what people around him/her have and wishes it was theirs is envious.
Pride: Pride is actually at the root of all sin. That is why it is listed first and that’s why I’m talking about it last. This is because pride is first and foremost inherent in all sin. Proud people are those that look condescendingly on others. They look at others as inferior in an arrogant way and see themselves as better than everyone else.
It is pride that makes you envious. It is pride that makes you angry. It is pride that makes you greedy. Pride is the root cause of lust! Of gluttony! and if you look closely, of sloth too. Laziness comes out of believing,you’re too good to do something or an action is beneath you, therefore you do nothing.
In conclusion, after my research I believe that if we all let go of pride, a lot of wrongs in the world would turn right.