“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people he chose for his inheritance.” – Psalm 33:12
Today is June 12, the day that the Filipinos have finally received independence from the shackles of our rulers. Today is the day more than a hundred years ago that marked one of the happiest days for us people of the Philippines.
June 12, 1898.
Almost 120 years later, are we really finally free?
June 12, 2017.
Now we face a different kind of bondage; a bondage that enslaves, pains, shackles, and removes our jades. The bondage of evil. We are currently entrapped under a ruler who is anything but Christ-like. We are surrounded by killings, terrorist attacks, robberies, and crimes. We are in a society that praises the wrong and does not bat an eyelash on loss of lives.
In this time of fear and tribulation, we Christians are called to make a choice to be an active mover of change, not in the way of the violent, rather, in a way we are all familiar with: to continuously pray and show compassion to our countrymen. There is no room for hatred and selective solidarity in our community.
As we pan our surroundings, we can see a lot of people we deem to be unlovable, persons whom we might had a spat of harsh words here and there over a political issue, persons whom we disagree over a lot of societal stances, fellow men we have come so close to hating for believing in what we deem wrong ideologies.
But this is our burden for knowing better, this is our burden for knowing Christ, this is our burden we joyfully carry because we know this is what satisfies Christ. This is the burden of loving the unlovable.
We live in a broken world. The news terrifies us. The horrors are apparent in our streets. On this day, evil and brokenness are both on full display on our television and radio sets. People do horrible things. People weep.
As Christians, it is our job to pray for and sympathize with these people. When our newspapers publicize immorality, our leaders promote greed, our courts show injustice, and our fellow men display selfishness, this is when we come to realize that we live in a broken world that needs changing. The changing that comes from real love, the love that God has demonstrated to us by letting Christ die on the cross.
This is the most critical time for us to pour out all the love we can muster to the helpless, the broken, the lost, and most especially, to the unlovable. We continue to pray and hope. Because we are confident that Jesus Christ will come back and change what we cannot. Because we know that God’s promises are true and He who has promised is faithful.
In this critical time, we must be for people.
“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” – Matthew 5:16
In this way, we hope that our families and friends will be able to see God’s power in our nation. Let us embrace the sinners around us no matter how hateful they may seem, always keeping in mind that we were also once lost as well.
“Mapalad ang bayan na Iyong ibinukod
Mapalad ang bansang sa Iyo lamang sumusunod.”
(Blessed is the nation that You have set apart.
Blessed is the country that follows only You.)
It is when they see how much we can love despite their sins that they can see Christ in our lives.
It is when we do things for people who won’t do anything for us that we most glorify God.
It is when we do nothing out of selfish ambition but simply out of love.
Just like what Christ did for us on the cross.