Saturday, 11 August 2012 00:00
LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Do not fret because of those who are evil or be envious of those who do wrong; for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away…” (Proverbs 37:1-2, the Holy Bible).
AT THE RIGHT PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME: If Sonny Angara, Risa Hontiveros, and Joel Villanueva had the presence of mind to join President Aquino in his sorties in areas where there are evacuees in Metro Manila, should they be faulted for that? My answer is, no, they should not---or better yet, could not---be faulted for being with the President and assisting him in distributing relief goods. That is called genius, which also means “being at the right place at the right time”.
VOTING FOR CANDIDATES CLOSE TO PNOY: If you ask me, I would rather vote for Angara, Hontiveros, and Villanueva for senator in 2013, in view of their evident closeness with President Aquino, and in view of the President’s public desire to have them elected at the upper chamber of Congress. Why? Simply because, lawmakers who are close to the President can help better in addressing and solving problems coming from the public. What good is there to elect a senator who cannot even get invited to Malacanang?
RAINS AND FLOODS CZAR? WHY NOT? Assuming that the floods that hit Metro Manila and nearby provinces since Sunday, August 5, 2012, up to Wednesday, August 8, 2012, were all traceable to poor planning, lax enforcement and political self-interest---in short, the floods were man-made, and were less of a natural occurrence---what can be done to address them? I have a one-track mind in this: appoint a rain and floods czar in government, with the rank of a Cabinet secretary, but the appointee should have the “spirit of God in him”.
Having a man who has “the spirit of God” in him as the rain and floods czar under the Aquino government would assure us that government focus on solving these problems will not only be on science and technology, which had been the case since time immemorial, but also on spiritual and Biblical issues, taking into consideration that natural calamities like these have been warned about in the Bible since 2,012 years ago.
Surely, there is nothing to lose if a man who understands what the Bible has said on global warming, climate change, environmental degradation, and rains and floods and strong winds, will be put in charge of addressing what is becoming to be an annual death and destruction spree, arising from rains and floods. Indeed, as the President said, there is no instant solution to rains and floods, but we can all start with what the Bible is saying, for a change.
A MAN WITH THE SPIRIT OF GOD AS A PUBLIC OFFICIAL: Finding a man who has the spirit of God in him to become the country’s rains and floods czar has a precedent in the Bible, specifically in the case of Joseph, one of the 12 sons of Israel who became the number two man in Egypt after the Pharaoh saw that he had the spirit of God in him.
Here is a part of Joseph’s story, starting with his having explained to the Pharaoh what his dreams about the cows and the ears of grain meant, and his advise for the leader to find a “wise and discerning man” who should be put in charge of Egypt: “The plan seemed good to Pharaoh and to all his officials.
“So Pharaoh asked them, `Can we find anyone like this man, one in whom is the spirit of God?’ Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, `Since God has made all this known to you, there is no one so discerning and wise as you. You shall be in charge of my palace, and all my people are to submit to your orders. Only with respect to the throne will I be greater than you.”
JUST AND MERCIFUL GOD: Former Daily Express reporter Daisy Mandap, now in Hong Kong, disagrees with what I have been writing about the rains, floods and winds as having been warned about by Jesus, our God and Savior, to hit people who do not listen to Him and who do not obey Him. She says God is merciful, not vengeful. I agree, but He is also the just God of the Bible. Read the Bible, and see what He is saying.
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