LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior…” (1 Timothy 2:1-3, the Holy Bible).
A PLEA FOR FILIPINOS IN THE FACE OF ‘SERENO’ OUSTER: In the face of conflicting sentiments occasioned by the ouster of Maria Lourdes Aranal Sereno as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court by her fellow magistrates last Friday, May 11, 2018, I wish to make a plea to the part of the Filipino nation that still thinks before speaking any word, or before acting in any way.
At this point in our country’s history, it should be clear to everyone that Sereno’s ouster would bring about more division and more disputes among our people, who even now are already well-divided and enmeshed in deep dissension for one reason or another. This forebodes more ill for the future of our already-troubled country, as the division and dissension among our people would surely take a longer while to heal.
That is why, in the aftermath of all of these, my plea to Filipinos everywhere who still entertain, somehow, some degree of concern for the nation is: we should now aspire to learn to rely more on our God and Savior whose Name is Jesus, by forcing ourselves to remember in our minds and instill in our hearts His commands in His Bible, and by obeying each one of these commands.
FILIPINOS SHOULD LEARN TO RELY ON THE WORD OF GOD: If we will only read and meditate on the Word of God, and strive to carry out our day-to-day affairs in accordance with His commands, we will not fail to realize that the debilitating division in the country today, and the gripping and crippling poverty and rebuke of many among us, actually constitute curses from God which He has rained down upon us because we have turned our backs on Him.
We will also surely understand that Sereno’s ouster, like the much earlier ouster of former President Marcos, of former President Estrada, and of former Chief Justice Renato Corona, have caused, and will continue to cause, God’s curses to come to us as a nation.
Of course, I am not saying that the ousters we refer to here were right, or were wrong. No, I am not making any judgment at all. What I am merely saying is that, based on the Bible, it is warned that a people who have no desire to know and obey the Word of God, the Bible, are bound to undergo difficulties and sufferings, and many other curses from God.
A CALL FOR FILIPINOS WHO LISTEN TO, AND OBEY, THE WORD: In the Bible, for example, many of its verses contain one overriding command: the citizenry should not fight against, but should subject themselves to, their leaders, because the Bible considers leaders as having been instituted and therefore are under the protection of God.
Then, side-by-side with the command not to fight against a country’s leaders is the command to instead pray for those leaders, and ask that God will be the One to deal with any of their wrongdoings. And that is the truly acceptable way of behaving towards leaders from the point of view of the Bible. Instead of directly acting against their leaders, the people should strengthen their faith in God, and be strong in their belief that it is God who will level all things up.
At this point, therefore, I am making a call for those who are still fiercely believe in the power of prayer, to start a movement of Filipinos who are reading and studying and obeying the Word of God, the Bible. I am of the conviction that, if God will see our sincerity in this endeavor of knowing and obeying His Word, He will somehow agree to shower us with his guidance, blessings, and protection here in the Philippines.
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