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By Atty. Batas Mauricio

Disobedience causing
continuing poverty in RP

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… if you do not obey the Lord your God and do not carefully follow all his commands and decrees I am giving you today, all these curses will come on you and overtake you… The Lord will send on you poverty, dissension, and failures in everything you do, until you are destroyed…” (Deuteronomy 28: 15, 20, the Holy Bible).

ARREST ENFORCERS DISREGARDING TRAFFIC SIGNALS: Somebody should arrest traffic enforcers, in Metro Manila or in any other place, whether from the Philippine National Police or from the Metro Manila Development Authority or from any local government unit, who contravene, disobey, or countermand, traffic signals.

I am especially referring to traffic enforcers who stop traffic when the lights are signaling green or go, or who direct motorists to go on when the lights are red or signaling them to stop. These traffic officers are not simple lawbreakers. They are instruments of the evil one in encouraging motorists and all other people who see them disobey the traffic signals to be disobedient, rebellious, and lawless and anarchical.

My point here is this: if people and police authorities, and traffic enforcers as well, cannot even obey a simple traffic signal, how can we expect them to obey laws pertaining to other more important matters in our collective lives? If we encourage people, police authorities and traffic enforcers to be disobedient and rebellious in simple rules, would they not become disobedient and rebellious in more important things?

SUBMISSION TO AUTHORITIES REQUIRED BY GOD: We have to remember that men and women everywhere are mandated by God to be obedient to authorities at all times. We are all prohibited from fighting our leaders, officers and authorities at all times, because these authorities, leaders and officers were all established as our authorities, leaders and officers by God Himself.

In Romans 13:1-2, it is there written: “Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.”

In 1 Peter 2:13, the Bible intones: Teach slaves to be subject to their masters in everything, to try to please them, not to talk back to them.” In Titus 2:9, the Bible says: “Teach slaves to be subject to their masters in everything, to try to please them, not to talk back to them…”

In Hebrews 13:17-18, it is said: “Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account. Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you.”

DISOBEDIENCE CAUSING POVERTY DESPITE ECONOMIC BOOM: This rebelliousness and defiance of even the most insignificant laws—like traffic directions—among our people have been causing hardships and difficulties, even when the government says the economy has been booming and taking off wonderfully since President Aquino took over in 2010. Just read the headlines of the Manila dailies on April 24, 2013, which all proclaim that “poverty level in the Philippines unchanged since 2006” and you will see this.

God, through the Bible in its Deuteronomy 28:15 and 20, promised that if we continue refusing to listen to Him, continue refusing to read His Bible and disobey His commands, especially the commands to obey the laws and our leaders, the curse of poverty will continue, and will in fact kill many unbelievers everywhere.

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