Senate rocked by exchange on Christianity
VOL. XVIII NO. 4 (Nov 1-7, 2014)
LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God…” (Romans 8:14, the Holy Bible).
SENATE ROCKED BY EXCHANGE ON CHRISTIANITY: For a brief moment during the hearing being conducted by committee of three of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee in connection with the on-going investigation into the alleged ill-gotten wealth of Vice President Jejomar Binay last Thursday, October 30, 2014, the matter of spiritual faith of both Senator Allan Peter Cayetano and businessman Anthony Tiu took center stage.
In the course of Cayetano’s insistence for Tiu to admit irregularities in his company’s purchase of a portion of the 350 hectare property which is now being called the “Binay Hacienda”, the lawmaker apparently got exasperated by Tiu’s evasive answers, prompting him to ask the businessman what his faith was.
Tiu promptly answered he was a Christian, which prompted Cayetano to say he, too, was a Christian believer. Unfortunately, however, the matter was not pursued further by the lawmaker, letting it hang and unresolved. Be that as it may, all the protagonists in the Senate investigation, including Binay and his family, are now warned that they should all seriously consider spirituality and God’s laws not only in the probe but in their lives as government officials as well.
SENATE PROBE TOUCHING ON SPIRITUALITY NOT ACCIDENTAL: I am convinced that that sudden reference to spirituality and matters of faith in the Senate investigation Thursday was not accidental, nor a mere happenstance. It was not simply the result of coincidence. I believe that it was God’s way of reminding Filipinos, officials and ordinary citizens alike, that the time has come for this nation to observe fidelity to the Christian faith, which all of us profess anyway.
The truth, as far as I am concerned, is that, it was God’s hand that directed Cayetano to touch on Tiu’s spiritual affiliation and belief. God wanted to convey a message, not only to Tiu and even to Cayetano and the other senators presiding over the sub-committee hearing (Aquilino Pimentel III and Antonio Trillanes IV), that it is now time to listen to Him and heed His commands.
For Hebrews 3:7 of the Bible is clear: “if today you hear God’s voice, harden not your hearts, as your parents did in the rebellion”. Simply put, if God has allowed us to listen to His Word, or to think about our belief in Him, we must open up our hearts to Him, and listen to Him once again and obey His commands.
WHAT IS GOD’S VOICE TELLING OUR OFFICIALS? For government officials, God’s voice is clear. It can be found in various verses of the Bible. In Genesis 18:21, for instance, government officials are mandated to be God-fearing and they are not supposed to be fond of dishonest gain. This part of the Bible also directs that officials must be capable and trustworthy men.
Jesus, our God and Savior, also directs that whoever would want to become officials of the people must not consider themselves as kings and queens to be served, but reduce themselves to being servants of the people, ready to serve.
Likewise, in Genesis 41:38, officials are likewise directed to be make sure that the Spirit of God is in them. How does one make sure that the Spirit of God dwells in him? Romans 8:14 says that an individual must become a “child of God” so the Spirit of God can descend on him. And how does one become a “child of God”? John 1:12 provides the answer—one must accept and have faith in His Name.
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