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What Happened, Philippines?

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The only Christian Nation in Asia; deep in poverty, dissension, and threat of invasion—What happened to the Philippines?

In the 1950s, South Korea was the poorest country for over a decade, and illiteracy high. Singapore was a gang-ridden fetid slum in the 60s; Vietnam extremely impoverished, while the Philippines was the land of opportunities.

As the Philippines entered the Marcos years, we still enjoyed traces of prominence. However, our neighbors’ upheaval turned to silver, others to gold. We went from pearls to baubles.

Ironically, our SEA neighbors also had authoritarians—Lee Kwan Yu, Park Chung Hee, Trường Chinh celebrated by their people. In contrast, Filipinos still call for a revolution.

Filipinos still call for a revolution.

Cheonggyecheon, Seoul in the 1960s. Today, Seoul is one of the world’s model city of culture and prosperity.
Telok Ayer Street in Singapore. Today and in the 1970s.

Why not blame God for the country’s misery?

About 85 percent of Filipinos are Catholics. That should mean something to God. After all, it’s been decades “moralist Christians” have been declaring, “name it, claim it.”

God places Kings and Queens (Daniel 2:21). Why then did God allow a Christian nation to have a series of bad leaders. We’ve been trapped in the wilderness for the last 40 years.

Religious leaders encouraging resentment instead of being united in prayer

The call to oust Duterte is so intense some Christians wished for his death. Religious groups constantly criticize the government. As a result, it encourages more anger.

CBCP, PCEC, UCCP, NCCP united in “telling the government what to do.” As if it was the way of the Apostles. Ironically, Jesus surrendered His rights.

How many more EDSA do we need?

We’ve had three major EDSA revolutions, not counting the “mini-EDSAs.” Since 1986, the blame game continues, and it’s pernicious. Will an EDSA-4 work this time?

Yet those who you hope would lead the country to a moral and spiritual revival are the very people setting a bad example by mixing politics and religion—using the name of Jesus. God is sending a clear message

Will an EDSA-4 work this time?

All of the Philippine presidents from Marcos time had their share of burning effigy. (Photo via Karapatan abd Interaksyon, Romeo Ranoco, Reuters)
In 1990, ecologists declared Pasig river “biologically dead.” Today the river shanty continues to grow while in EDSA, people still shout “democracy is dead.” Stop victimhood—take personal responsibility.

Let’s face it—God is judging our nation!

When Hitler, Stalin ascended to evil dictatorship and murdered innocent millions, was God helpless to stop them? The world faced God’s judgment. In response, Christians like the Ten Booms did their part of sharing God’s message of hope.

Should Christians fight the government? Thankfully, some churches respond Biblically through prayers and discipleship, devoid of politicking.

If we want a better Philippines, we should help others mature in their spirituality—Only God can help our country

There’s always a villain, autocrat, or sell-out in any institution; only God can help our country. The question is, are we one, or is our Christianity a patina of religious hypocrisy?

As Vico Sotto puts it, “We need leaders who fear, love God.” Real change happens when God changes the hearts of men. There is always hope in a society that repents.

Perhaps spiritual leaders meddling in politics should reflect on walking on the street of Manila with sackcloth and ashes on their forehead, as the Kings of Israel did when God judged their nation.

Real change happens when God changes the hearts of men.

pray for philippines
“…if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14

Christian population in the US declines.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Nothing will ever happen until Pinoys learn from history. Stop complaining and do more hard work. Stop blaming other people, that’s what’s happening in the US. You guys are doing the same thing.

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