Thursday, 25 July 2013 15:54
LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful…” (Joshua 1:8, the Holy Bible).
METRO CRIMINALS NOW VERY BOLD: DZRH anchors Deo Macalma ang Ruth Abao on Wednesday, July 24, 2013, correctly expressed their collective fear that criminals in the Metro Manila area have become so bold and brash that they now carry out their crimes, particularly kidnapping and abductions of young boys and girls, in broad daylight, in full view of the public, and near police authorities yet.
The two cited the case of a 15-year old girl who was just waiting for a ride at a very busy intersection in Pasay City the other day when, out of the blue, a taxi named “El Pueblo” stopped near her. Two burly men came out of the vehicle and, without any word, slapped the girl several times, punched her in her abdomen, and then loaded her into the back compartment of the car.
The girl was then brought to a motel in Pasig City, where she was repeatedly raped by her kidnappers, including the taxi driver. Luckily for the girl, however, she was not killed by the criminals. She was left near a funeral parlor where she managed to call her relatives and ask for help. A police operation led to the arrest of two of the criminals subsequently.
HOW CAN WE ASSURE THE SAFETY OF OUR LOVED ONES? Macalma and Abao then asked a police official from Pasay City as to what young children should do to avoid being victimized in a similar manner. The policeman said children should never ride taxis alone and should endeavor jot down the plate number and the name of the driver and text these data to their relatives right away.
But then, these pieces of advice really will not solve the problem. The question really is, how can parents be assured that their children could be safe once they get out of their houses? Technically, there is nothing that the parents can do anymore to help their children, once they go out of their houses and go to their schools or to some other places.
Except, of course, to bring them up to the care and protection of God which, by the way, is the only thing that parents can really do for their children nowadays. The times have become so bad that criminality lurks in every corner of the metropolis, and it is clear that police and other government authorities can no longer do anything to protect anyone. The only way therefore is to place all our loved ones under God’s protection.
LISTEN TO, AND OBEY, GOD: But, how do we do that? Praying is simply not enough. In fact, Jesus Christ, our God and Savior, is emphatic that not everyone who calls on Him, “Lord, Lord” will be saved. And just having faith is not enough either, for the Holy Bible is clear that “faith without works is dead…” and that this kind of a dead faith “is useless” and will not mean anything.
So, what must we do? The admonitions are quite clear. In Proverbs 3:1-2, we are told to commit all of God’s commands in our hearts, so that we will have everything we need, and our lives would be protected all throughout. In Deuteronomy 28:1-4, we are told to listen to God and obey His commands, and God shall allow us to overcome all evil and curses.
Jesus Christ Himself said that we must seek first the kingdom of God and live in righteousness, and all of the things we need shall be given to us. He told us in Matthew 7:24-25 that we should listen to His Word and obey them, for then we shall be considered “wise”, and would not be devastated or harmed even if the storms of life will come our way. We should try God now, and taste His good and pleasing will all our lives.
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