I’ve been contemplating of blogging about my thoughts on upcoming Philippine National Election 2016, 3 days from now. Perhaps I’m afraid to be bullied by other candidate’s supporters, because my husband and I are not part of the majority. I guess, that’s one of the negative impact of these passionate Filipinos rooting on their presidential candidates expressing their thoughts and feelings over social media. These group of people are willing to argue, disrespect fellow Filipinos, act rudely and impolitely… willing to bash and bully anyone in social media and even loose a friend who has different politcal views from them. We’ve seen many cases during the campaign period. Honestly, it breaks my heart and at the same time, felt disappointed of how Filipinos behave this coming election. It’s just reveals who we are, what comes out from our mouth, reveals what’s inside our hearts. “The good man brings good things out of the good treasure of his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil treasure of his heart. For out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks.“ Luke 6:45
I’m not saying not to express our opinion, of course not… Everyone of us has freedom to express our thoughts, but I hope we’ll be responsible enough, that we must not disrespect or hurt anyone with what we say. “Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be.” James 3:10
In the midst of this coming election my husband and I choose not to post our political opinion in Facebook, we choose to talked about it at home and pray for our nation instead. We chose to pray, because we believe that more than putting our hope and confidence to the next president of the Philippines, we’re putting our faith in the Lord, who is the God of all nations. It is the Lord who appoints leaders of nations the Bible says “He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding;” Psalm 86:9. I believe whoever wins, we’re in good position already. Because God has great plans for our country and I believe He started moving in our country 6 years ago, during President Noynoy Aquino’s term, from “sick man of Asia” to today’s
“Asia’s rising tiger” and I would like to honor Pnoy for his “Tuwid na Daan” legacy, he may not addressed all the problems of this nation during his term but he did a great job in transforming our economy. God used Pnoy mightily to make His plans happened, and I believe the Lord will do the same for the next President of the Philippines, in fact, economist and industry leaders are confident that “Philippines economy is ready for any president.” I strongly believe that God already put us in a position of blessings and victory, I speak blessings over our country, that we will no longer be the tail but we will be the head, we’ll no longer borrow, but we will lend. We’ll continue to grow and be victorious as nation if we allow God to rule in our nation, in our personal life. The same way when the Israelite’s conquered the promise land despite of their wickedness. The Lord honor’s their leader’s faith (Moses & Joshua). If we want to experience the goodness and faithfulness of the Lord, all we need to do is to put our hope in the Lord.
Our church is praying for our country, join us… and together let’s pray for peaceful and honest Election 2016:
- Pray for God’s mercy; that He would bring healing and restoration to our land, and that the people will increasingly see that God is our only refuge in the midst and troubles of this world.
- Pray that the leaders to be appointed will have the fear of the Lord (& thus wisdom; Proverbs 9:10); that each one would have zealous passion and resolute love for Filipino people
- Pray for an honest, orderly and peaceful election process and against any form of violence; For the Comelec to be able to execute everything smoothly and promptly on May 9.
Let’s be a responsible Filipino, don’t just believe whatever is posted in social media, know your candidates before voting for them.
“More than corruption in government, the problem with our country is that only few Filipinos really love our country (Philippines).” Dr. Ernesto Gonzales, UP Professor