LOYALTY A KEY REQUIREMENT FOR SUCCESSFUL LIVING – (PART TWO): THE MENACE OF DISLOYALTY

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The focus of this second article of the series centered on the necessary requirement of loyalty for a successful living is on the problem of disloyalty in all sorts of ways and places. The opposite of loyalty, which is a much coveted virtue, is disloyalty. The Bible confirms a common experience in human history that most good things can be and are easily counterfeited. The Bible says “Even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light” (2 Corinthians 11:14). So there is a need, constantly, to fight and overcome the counterfeits to the things of substance in life. What then is disloyalty and how does it harm the good causes in life? How may we handle disloyalty when it comes our way? Let us consider below. The introductory article made the following observations:

To be loyal means to be faithful to a person, institution, nation or a cause for as long as it takes and is required. It is the act of giving oneself totally in terms of time, energy, obedience, resources, and best thoughts to a cause or person. Loyalty is the giving of total support to a person or a cause. It is the act of keeping a promise come what may. It means being committed to the core. Loyalty means loving, defending, and promoting what one believes in (a person or a cause). To be loyal is to be true to a person or cause at all times and under all circumstances.

Loyalty is a quality that is very much appreciated and sought after. Institutions and individuals seek loyal friends and followers. Most religions require and even demand loyalty from their followers. Businesses and companies desperately seek loyal employees and are willing to pay huge benefits to get and keep them. Religious and learning institutions thrive on loyal and dedicated workers and overseers. Even the Devil, his agents and dictators demand and survive on loyalty. They need a core of dedicated and loyal followers to succeed and hold onto power. Criminals and treacherous people need loyal support in achieving their selfish goals.

The above definitions of loyalty and its potentials for achieving various goals and purposes in life imply that loyalty can be given to the wrong person or cause, or to persons or causes that advance the greater good of the whole of society. For Christians ultimate and primary loyalty is to be given to God the Almighty at all times, in all places and by all generations. It is from God that all other kinds and forms of loyalty find meaning and their right place.

The problem with mankind is the lack of loyalty to this Being of all beings and the Source of all goodness. Most believers are not loyal to what they profess. A lot of people fail or do by far less than their potentials permit due to lack of loyalty in pursuing what they believe.

The exact opposite of loyalty is disloyalty. It means to be unfaithful, uncommitted and unreliable with regard to a cause or person. At its worst it takes the form of betrayal wherein one connives with the enemies of a friend, family or a cause that one is supposed to defend and promote to harm that friend, family or cause. It hurts deeply when one is supposed to be a loyal friend, family or a fan of a cause but is found to be working against that friend, family or cause!

This act of betrayal or lack of commitment is one of the major causes of families, institutions and nations not doing as well as they ought to. Disloyalty impedes and stifles their progress. Liberia is lacking behind countries in Africa that she is supposed to be leading in terms of stability and socio-economic wellbeing all because of the lack of patriotism which is another form of disloyalty on the part of many of her citizens, especially those in positions of leadership. Many Liberians pay a lip service to the indispensable quality of patriotism but in practice are very disloyal to the overall interests of the nation.

If Liberia is to recover from past mistakes and make rapid and lasting progress in advancing the welfare of its vast majority of citizens Liberians must learn and practice patriotism. On the individual and institutional level disloyalty can be overcome by the realization that it is a part of life and that anyone or institution can be a victim of it. When it does occur one or an institution must not let it be a determiner of fate. Progress must be continued as if disloyalty never occurred. Disloyalty occurs in all sorts of ways and to all sorts of people and institutions and it hurts. But to overcome it and not let it impede the achievement of dreams and aspirations is an important strategy for any successful living.

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