Spirituality, Not Gender or Money, for RP President
VOL. XVII NO. 22 March 15-21 2014
LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all…” (Jesus Christ, our God and Savior, in Mark 10:43-44, the Holy Bible).
BIGGEST CHALLENGE TO ANY PRESIDENT: No, Sen. Miriam Santiago, it is not gender nor money that will make the president of this country a great leader. And, too, no, Bayan Muna Party List Rep. Isagani Zarate and Gabriela Party List Rep. Luzviminda Ilagan, it is not human ability that will make a Philippine president great. It is spirituality, deep spirituality in fact, that will make a great president.
As I wrote on July 11, 2013: “In fact, the biggest challenge of any president who will serve the country for only a very brief period of six years is to discard grandiose illusions that he, by himself, can do something that will really benefit the nation as a whole, even if he happens to have come from so-called democracy icons, or from parents who are revered worldwide.
“Even if he is the president who has the vast powers of the government at his beck and call, he cannot do anything that will push the country and its people towards success and progress, as President Aquino maybe painfully finding out now. Only God can do something, and the best legacy that any president can ever leave is to bring his people to a better understanding and familiarity of God so they can start being righteous and spiritually revived.
SOLOMON’S EXAMPLE IN LEADERSHIP: I also wrote:“Any president of this country who is aware of the six-year limitation of his term must strive to follow the example of the greatest human king of all, King Solomon… When asked by God as to what he wanted, Solomon did not ask for wealth and riches, nor for the death of his enemies, but for knowledge to rule. God gave it to him, allowing him to become a king like no other…”
“Here is that part of the Bible (1 Kings 3) which recounts the story of King Solomon: `At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon during the night in a dream, and God said, `Ask for whatever you want me to give you.’ Solomon answered, `You have shown great kindness to your servant, my father David, because he was faithful to you and righteous and upright in heart…
“`Now, Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David. But I am only a little child and do not know how to carry out my duties. Your servant is here among the people you have chosen, a great people, too numerous to count or number. So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?’
“A WISE AND DISCERNING HEART”: I then concluded: “ `The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for this. So God said to him, `Since you have asked for this and not for long life or wealth for yourself, nor have asked for the death of your enemies but for discernment in administering justice, I will do what you have asked.
“I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be. Moreover, I will give you what you have not asked for—both wealth and honor—so that in your lifetime you will have no equal among kings. And if you walk in obedience to me and keep my decrees and commands as David your father did, I will give you a long life.’
“Then Solomon awoke—and he realized it had been a dream. He returned to Jerusalem, stood before the ark of the Lord’s covenant and sacrificed burnt offerings and fellowship offerings. Then he gave a feast for all his court…” Perhaps, Sen. Santiago and Reps. Zarate and Ilagan can find a Filipino in whom the Spirit of God dwells so he can become president?
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