By Joel E. Ferraris
In this article...
'What would Jesus do today? He wouldn't take up residence in the Vatican',
...there is evident disagreement among the men of religion on how deal with the moral, economic, social and political problems in our country.
Lord Jesus Christ came here more than 2,000 years ago not to topple governments or oust political leaders but to set the captives to sinfulness free. That's why He lambasted those men of religion because they are supposed to take care of people's spirituality whether they are in politics or tax collectors like Matthew or mere masa like Peter, etc.
Again I tell you, whether you oust GMA or whoever is in power when the individual Filipino's own spirituality is weak and not complete evil will simply win again and again!
But for those who listen and follow the Master Lord Jesus Christ as He teaches us how to love and obey God the Father Almighty above all this political, economic and moral illness will not win over them for they will become the salt of the earth of whom people will emulate and they will be well provided and at the same time they will be contented of the blessings given to them.
To love one's neighbor, especially the poor, is not merely giving them dole outs and trumpeting around for the whole world to see the charitable donations we give them to glorify us, Worst, it's not exhorting them to rise up and topple governments while their ignorance of our Almighty God the Father's will remains in them like an incurable disease.
BTW, when we give to others, do we give it secretly that only God the Father Almighty knows? And when the recipients of our good deeds thank us, do we say to them "thank our Almighty God the Father instead for He made me an instrument of His blessings to you".
Do we do charitable things for His glory or for our own glory to boast to others? Are our hearts pure and intentions good in giving help or do we expect something in return?
When the glory is only for us and when people do not understand that this glory and gratitude should have been meant for our Almighty God and Father, they will be easily manipulated, especially during election time, when we ourselves fall into the temptations of using them for our own agenda.
That's why dirty politicians can make people dance to their tune. They help other people for their own glory and not for the glory of our Almighty God the Father. And this practice invites corruption and immorality.
To love one's neighbor, the rich and the poor alike, is to give them knowledge about God the Father Almighty's will for knowing this will nourish their souls because man cannot live by bread alone but by every word that comes from the Almighty God and Father. That's what Lord Jesus Christ meant when he said to His disciples, "Love one another as I have loved you."
He did not merely gave them dole-outs or inspired them to become rich in material wealth so that they will enjoy life. They do not even enjoy what we have now, complete with our high end appliances, computers and trips abroad and all those perks. He showed them that He is the Way, the Truth and the Life. He nourished His disciples with His teachings about what pleases our Almighty God and Father.
But then again, the question is, who are His sheep who meekly follow Him and who are the goats that are against His teachings. There will be goats and sheep among the rich and the poor alike for as long as they don't follow the will of the Almighty God and Father even if the political system in our country will change or the few rich that controls our economy are removed from power.
There is wisdom in being poor, as like what Job had undergone when he was tested, and there is danger in being rich for they could be serving another master, which is material wealth, instead of God the Father Almighty.
With this in mind, instead of shouting slogans to oust the corrupt leaders of our country who enjoy wealth from their corruption, we who are spiritually mature should instead be worried about them for they will burn in hell should they fail to repent and reform. But those who noisily protest against them are questionable because they could just be doing these acts not really as an act of loving their neighbors the way Lord Jesus Christ did but because they want to grab that piece of that big pie from those who have stolen it.
Now there are Jobs in our midst...people whose faith are tested. The thing is, Job succeeded in showing the steadfastness of his faith even if he became so poor and sick. But the poor of today or even the discontented rich are different. The poor, when they experience extreme poverty, will forget Him and rob and kill the rich. Or when they become rich they might forget Him again as the rich now are addicted to all sorts of worldliness and the aim to acquire more wealth.
Lord Jesus Christ Himself was poor and born in a manger and have no home to stay when He started His minitry.
The job of the priests and bishops and other men of religion is to instill in people's minds that come what may they will love our Almighty God and Father above all!
They have to fight the evil within and among themselves too! They have to rid themselves and the church of idolatry which is the cause of the people's sufferings when God the Father Almighty's anger befall them due to continued use of these abhorrent objects that mislead the flock.
The social eyesore that is the gap between the rich and the poor is clearly evident in the kind of hand-graven religious images the rich and the poor could afford to buy and posses.
This is why Lord Jesus Christ came here more than 2,000 years ago. He will say the same thing to the people of today. And if you are the temple of the Holy Spirit you will have the gifts of the Holy Spirit to guide you in order to survive, not only in the Philippines but in this messy world going more secular and worldly, and continue to preach the good news of salvation.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God. (John 3:16-21)It is therefore our duty as believers in God the Father Almighty and disciples of Lord Jesus Christ to proclaim the good news of salvation to the spiritually blind people so that they will not be condemned.
No matter how we fight for social and economic justice, for freedom and human rights and against oppression of all sorts if we do not accept the Son of God the Father Al;mighty and believe in His teachings we will continue to suffer materially, psychologically, emotionally and spiritually as condemned people!