For days I have been itching to write something about the issues that rose when Yolanda came. But there was no release of specific heaven-word. Most were just possible reactions to the obvious. He however led me to some key points our nation needs to see and do this past few days that I’d like to share with all of you so we can be in one in our deep groaning for national transformation and revival in the Philippines.
But first allow me to share my piece of thoughts on these below:
- The Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) guy ranting on Catholics
This is a picture of the spirit of religion at work in our nation. We all know that INC’s claim that they are the way, the church, and you have to be a member of their church to be saved. On the other hand, Catholicism is a worldwide and biggest religion in the world. It caters salvation in Jesus Christ but through good works. It also has it’s twisted beliefs which are not written in the Bible. Both religion offer half truth but are leading people astray of some sort. I am not siding one but in the talk about INC claiming to be “favored by God” that’s why their building was “preserved” during Yolanda and most who died were Catholics, I think it’s very obvious why. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that the INC building was built stronger than the rest of the structures around it. Of course, it will stand still. Common sense tells us this. But religion looks at it as a sign from heaven. Don’t be deceived. Read the scriptures. It’s very clear in the Bible that no religion saves, JESUS alone does. So please don’t take the glory that belongs to Jesus Christ alone. This claim tells me you are NOT of Jesus because you’re acting like what his enemy usually do – stealing, killing, destroying… By declaring your church alone saves, first you not only steal Jesus’ sole power and authority to save, you also disrespect His Lordship and taking His rightful place and the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.
Hebrews is clear that not even the blood of the animals sacrificed satisfied the wrath of God for sin. It was, it is and it will forever be ONLY THROUGH THE SACRIFICED BLOOD of Jesus Christ that saved us from eternal death. No one is pure enough aside from being clothed of His righteousness. Thus no religion that ever exist then and now has the right to take this glory from Him. He alone deserves. All others (religion, good works) are nothing but thieves of His glory just like Satan who envied His throne.
Last time I read it was still, “Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.‘” John 14:6. It did not read INC is the way… Good Works is the way… It was and is and always will be a genuine relationship with Jesus Christ alone.
- International Media and The Philippine Government
Plain and simple… CNN may be seeing things from a first world’s perspective, the Philippine Government may be slacking in their efficiency to save typhoon survivors, but the good thing that happened here is the light of accountability. No one from any news agency mentioned about what Anderson Cooper exposed prior to him speaking up. Maybe just Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. Was Philippine media afraid of the President? Maybe. But it was good to see international media sticking their nose so our national government will start doing things as they should be. Finally, the politicians were exposed and the “dirty tricks” in this nation were spotlighted because someone from the outside saw the wrong we’re already so familiar with in the inside.
- Anderson Copper and Korina Sanchez
When biased media came to play, the light of truth exposed hidden motives away. It’s good to see that Filipinos are now mature to see the cunning ways of politics in this nation. The anointing for truth and righteousness is here!
So here we go… Let’s talk about…
What I think God wants the Philippines to See and Do through Yolanda
1. Reconciliation: Healing of old but still open and painful wounds
Let’s go there right away. The problem in Tacloban is not the lack relief goods not coming to the typhoon survivors, there’s plenty of them. It’s not the lack of people to facilitate and distribute because we’re Filipinos, the Bayanihan spirit in us will always find a way. We have seen volunteers everywhere to help! The problem is deeper. It’s called the Aquino-Marcos prides. It’s about deep and painful wounds of the past which are still open and hurting today.
The Marcoses own the local government while the Aquinos sit on the national level. This is the problem because as we all know it was the Aquinos who ended the Marcoses’ years of governance in this nation. It is even believed that the Marcoses are behind Ninoy Aquino’s death. Thus, there is a long history of conflict from the start. This is why they can’t work together. One blames the other. No one wants to humble down. They are just trying to cover it up with the mask of professionalism and bureaucracy. But deep down the issues you can see the sting of strife still throbs. The misery of their fathers still taunts this generation of leaders. AND UNTIL THESE TWO CLANS settle their differences, forgive and move on… this nation like Tacloban will continue to suffer. Because it’s not just the Marcoses and Aquinos, this partying spirit is all over the archipelago. Big Name 1 versus Big Name 2 for mayor. Rich Man 1 versus Rich Man 2 for governor. And it doesn’t just end after one wins in an election. It goes on for years… from one generation to the other.
SEE AND DO: As a nation, we need to pray for reconciliation. That our leaders will turn to Christ and serve the people, not their personal pride, family’s name and party lists’.
2. World War turned World Help: Healing of the nations
Why Tacloban? Why Leyte? Yolanda could have wrecked other cities in its path but why Tacloban? Why Leyte?
Let’s not forget that World War 2 took place in these islands. It is here where the famous “I shall return” by Douglas MacArthur took place. Nations of the world were at war in this part of the Philippines.
But today Tacloban, Leyte will be remembered by something else. It’s not just a place where nations came to fight but also a city where nations gathered to help. Allies remained as allies. Enemies became friends. It’s sad to see thousands lost their lives. But God is determined to bring victory over what the enemy did.
SEE AND DO: As a nation, let’s pray for healing in our relationships to China, Taiwan and all nations of the world. May this sad thing that the enemy did to us be turned into connections, fruitful relationships and lasting friendships with our brothers in the East and West.
3. It’s Time for Revival: Healing for every Filipino
It hit me last Sunday at church. While we were singing worship songs in response to all calamities, I cried. The pain was deep within. Then I realised that it’s not just me. Every Filipino heart is in agony. First,
… there was the Zamboanga crisis,
… then the Bohol/Cebu earthquake,
… then the Tacbolan/Visayas typhoon…
What’s next Lord? And why us? We may not be directly affected. But you know us. We cry over real life stories we see on TV. We unload our whole life story to all new friends we meet in a jeepney ride. We applaud one Filipino success story even if the person is living in another country and is already a citizen there. In short, the Filipino blood is one big family who associates with each other’s life. Thus if there’s only one in pain, we all cry. This explains why this nation today is mourning.
BUT, I’ve also not seen so much volunteerism took place. The church has also awakened and is fasting and praying. An eye for what is right is taking place… This and many more tells me one thing. Revival in the Philippines is at the door.
SEE AND DO: Join fasting and prayer movements in your city. For Davao City, it’s at Light House Church every Wednesday at 3pm. Stand for righteousness. Help, give, volunteer but above all live pure and seek God like never before. You don’t want to miss the revival surge when it comes! 🙂