Whether you are celebrating or grieving the election results, kailangan nating tanggapin na nakapili na ang majority kung sino ang mamumuno sa ating bansa sa susunod na anim na taon.
Hindi rin lingid sa kaalaman ng nakararami na hindi lahat ng Pilipino ay sumang-ayon sa resulta. That’s why puwedeng mapagkunan ng aral ang pinag-usapan nina Jericho Arceo, Ptr. Paul Herrera, and our very own Peter Kairuz, kung paano mag-submit sa governing authorities that you disagree with.
Here are some of their tips.
Submit to Authorities Tip #1: Pray for the appointed leaders.
Sabi pa ni Peter, “Pray for the leaders, even those we don’t agree with, even the leaders we don’t necessarily like. Ask the LORD to give them wisdom, ask the LORD to give them a heart that listens to God.”
Let’s face it. You cannot please everyone, and everyone cannot please you, too. But this is not an excuse to hate somebody, including the elected government officials.
Whether we agree or disagree with them, we have a duty to pray for the betterment of our country and countrymen. We don’t have to agree with everything that the government is saying, yes, “but pray about everything. With thankful hearts offer up your prayers and requests to God. Then, because you belong to Christ Jesus, God will bless you with peace that no one can completely understand. And this peace will control the way you think and feel” (Philippians 4:6-7, CEV).
Oh, ang gandang promise niyan, ah? If nabigo ka sa results ng election ngayon, do not worry, ‘di ka mabibigo kay LORD. And tell you what, this is not toxic positivity para lang ma-comfort or ma-convince ka to pray for the leaders you disagree with. We’re telling you this because the word of God is true, and it is alive.
Submit to Authorities Tip #2: Obey and be a good citizen.
You know the keyword sa pangalawang tip namin?
Yes, Breaker, alam namin na mahirap mag-obey sa taong ‘di mo pinili, but rebellion will get you nowhere and, “The LORD God has told us what is right and what he demands: ‘See that justice is done, let mercy be your first concern, and humbly obey your God’” (Micah 6:8, CEV).
And what did He call us to do?
Again and again, “Obey the rulers who have authority over you. Only God can give authority to anyone, and he puts these rulers in their places of power” (Romans 13:1, CEV).
Though we’re not saying you have to bow down to everything they say when you clearly know that a sin is being tolerated. You can petition, you can state your case, but in an orderly and peaceful manner.
Encourage peaceful discourse, not disrespectful arguments just so you can prove who’s right or wrong. Remember, do not become the very person you despise. Ask the LORD for wisdom and allow Him to give you gracious words that seek to be understood, and to understand others also.
Okay ba? *wink
Submit to Authorities Tip #3: Honor the leaders of the land.
Sabi ni Paul, “Respecting someone and honoring a person is different. Respect is earned, honor is due to a position that’s given to a person.”
And, yes, kasama na diyan ang hindi mo bet na political candidate.
You don’t need to agree with someone before you can honor them, and the last thing you’d want to do is to lambast them or curse them on social media. We hope and pray that these won’t be in your options.
“You can disagree in a manner that is still gracious and honorable to them,” dagdag ni Paul.
We understand that you’re feeling emotions right now that you don’t want to feel because you loved and you cared for our country so much, but at the same time, we have to accept the majority’s vote. This is what democracy looks like.
At kahit na mahirap itong gawin, we want to encourage you to honor the leaders of our beloved land because the LORD gave them the position. You, and even us, may not completely understand the plans of the LORD, but He is sovereign.
Kailan ba Siya nag-fail?
Also, even before we became a citizen of this country, we were already a citizen of the kingdom of the LORD. With that, “It is better to trust in the LORD than to depend on people” (Psalm 118:8, GNT).
Breaker, kahanga-hanga ang pagmamahal mo para sa bayan natin. Pero sa ngayon, kung hindi ka sang-ayon sa mga nanalo, kung hindi mo kayang magtiwala sa kanila, ibigay mo ang tiwala mo kay LORD. Wala tayong kakayahan na baguhin ang tao at ang mundo, pero si LORD? Kayang kaya Niya.
The best thing that you can do is to pray for our leaders, obey and be a good citizen, and honor them the best way you know how.
Do this not for them, but for the LORD, and for our beloved Philippines.
Mabuhay ang bansa na ang ang Diyos ay si Hesus.
Mabuhay ang Pilipinas! 🇵🇭
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