What Happened, Philippines?

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

In the 1950s, South Korea was the poorest country in Asia for over a decade. Singapore was a gang-ridden fetid slum in the 60s; Vietnam was highly 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.

For almost four decades, the Yellow Revolution fought for a righteous government. But in 2022, the overwhelming support for the return of Marcos shows that Filipinos are tired.

Filipinos still call for a revolution.

Cheonggyecheon, Seoul, in the 1960s. Today, Seoul is one of the world’s model cities of culture and prosperity.
Telok Ayer Street in Singapore. Today and in the 1970s.
In 1990, ecologists declared the 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.

Why not blame God for the country’s misery?

The Philippines is the only Christian nation in Asia, yet it’s deep in poverty, dissension, and the threat of Chinese intrusion. Despite countless prayer vigils and calls of the religious elite for change—we’re still in the wilderness.

The call to oust Duterte is so intense some professing Christians wished for his death. Religious groups constantly criticize the government. The result is more division.

CBCP, PCEC, UCCP, and NCCP united in “telling the government what to do.” These religious leaders compartmentalize the division of church and state, even if the apostles did the opposite. Ironically, Jesus surrendered His rights.

SEPARATION OF CHURCH & STATE IN THE PHILIPPINES.

How many more EDSA do we need?

We’ve had three EDSA revolutions, not counting the “mini-EDSAs.” Since 1986, the blame game has continued, and it’s pernicious. Will an EDSA IV 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.

All of the Philippine presidents from Marcos time had their share of the burning effigy. (Photo via Karapatan abd Interaksyon, Romeo Ranoco, Reuters)

Will an EDSA IV work this time?

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

In the Netherlands, the Ten Booms did their part in sharing the Gospel as Hitler murdered innocent millions. Was God helpless in protecting His own “chosen people“?

In the USA, despite efforts of church leaders to influence the government, abortion and same-sex marriage are legal, and prayers in public schools are banned. Did God not answer the clamor of His people?

When Jesus is Lord, the senior pastor ran thrice for public office and lost thrice. Was that from God as well? Instead of church leaders fighting the government, it must preach repentance and focus on what matters most.

In the meantime, values disintegrate in the country

Most Filipinos remain religious and conservative, while the rest of the Christians in Europe and the USA are declining in numbers, with no signs of recovering.

Worst, moralistic theistic deism and progressive Christianity are new and old labels that mean the same thing—heresy.

Moral decay on national TV. ABS-CBN Showtime with Vice Ganda promotes LGBTQ with “naked looking” trans.

In the meantime, moral and Biblical values disintegrated right before our eyes as religious leaders and politicians distracted with what matters most.

No wonder God is judging the Philippines, which prides itself on being a “Christian Catholic nation.”

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 in any institution; only the Gospel can save the country. 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 foreheads, as the Kings of Israel did when God judged their nation.

Real change happens when God changes the hearts of men.

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“…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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