from GMA Network’s website
I have nothing against peaceful rallies since whatever democracy I am enjoying now (that allows me to write this blog) was birthed by the 1986 EDSA Revolution, a non-violent revolution that led to the departure of ex-president Ferdinand Marcos. But, if you know the events behind the mass of people marching on EDSA, nuns blocking military tanks; if you go beyond the song “Magkaisa” and the yellow ribbons, you will realize as I did that the people power revolution above all else was an awesome display of God’s power because people, first and foremost, prayed.
So, whether you decide to go to KM0, Luneta tomorrow, Araw ng mga Bayani, or not, let’s all remember to intercede for our nation – to pray for our leaders – from the president to the mayors to the barangay captains – and for our fellow Filipinos – for us not to waver in our belief in our being Filipinos, for us to continue believing that change is possible, for us to continue being honest in our own little ways – from paying the right taxes to obeying traffic laws, and for us to have the wisdom every election season to vote for those whom we know will really lead our nation out of a genuine heart to serve and not because of the lust for power and money.
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
With this, we can be heroes not because we fight with weapons of war nor with our writings but because we fight with our knees on the floor, humble before a mighty God so that while the Lord Himself fights the battle, the victory is ours.
All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands. – 1 Samuel 17:47
I am praying for a peaceful rally tomorrow; for it not to be used by militants to sow chaos; and finally, for God to minister to those involved in the scam to come out and face the judicial process. I am reminded of the preaching today: God gave all of us a conscience to speak to us in times of sin; it’s just that many of us have become so good at drowning out that voice, but even then, it will still whisper to us. I hope that this event in our nation’s history will make each of us look inside of our hearts and think how maybe we have also contributed to the corruption in our country; how maybe we have thought that, given the chance, we would just evade taxes rather than have the government officials steal “our” money…how in our small and big ways, we are just as corrupt as the people in government whom we condemn.