The Unfolding ZTE Drama

[Disclaimer: This is my personal opinion and does not in any way represent MGC or its leadership.]

Most of us saw, heard or read Jun Lozada’s explosive testimony before the powerful blue ribbon senate committee about the controversial National Broadband Network scandal, his abduction and even his ‘mea culpa’ or the confession of his own corrupt activities.

Nowadays, it is so easy to point an accusing finger. It is as if no one can afford to be neutral. To be impartial seems to be cowardice. Lines were drawn. Sides were taken.

How should we as a Christian community respond? I am not calling for neutrality but for prayerful sobriety or clear-headedness. No matter how engaging the accusations and counter-accusations, the right forum for all these is not the senate, though they may claim it is “in aid of legislation.” It is not even EDSA. It is the courts for we are a nation under the rule of law. We took shortcuts before. Look at where we are right now. Yes, it’s quick and easy compared to the slow grind of the wheels of justice. But I fear we would again end up short-circuiting the process if we take drastic actions.

I believe the best “communal action” we can do at this time is to pray for the Philippines. According to 1 Timothy 2:1-2, “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.” (English Standard Version) We can do more than prayer. But we cannot do anything without prayer. This is also the best forum to air our grievances. Like Daniel, we declare, “Our God, your name will be praised forever and forever. You are all-powerful, and you know everything. You control human events—you give rulers their power and take it away, and you are the source of wisdom and knowledge.(2:20-21, Contemporary English Version)

Brethren, let us pray for our nation.

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