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LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin condemns any people…” (Proverbs 14:34, the Holy Bible).

FILIPINO KILLS PAKISTANI OVER DOG: Did you read the news about how low a Filipino values the life of others now? That sad news, appearing in a tabloid, reported that a Pakistani residing in Bgy. Gaya-gaya, San Jose del Monte City, Bulacan, was shot and killed by a Filipino neighbor simply because the Filipino resented the Pakistani’s having a pet dog that barks loudly at night, disturbing the Filipino’s sleep.

Many will again ask, what is happening to our country now? Well, exactly what the Bible said will happen during the last days—people will be bad, real bad, because they are no longer with God. Let us read this, in 2 Timothy 3:1: “But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days.

FILIPINO KILLER PERSONIFICATION OF EVIL: “People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God—having a form of godliness but denying its power…

“They are… loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires, always learning but never able to come to a knowledge of the truth… They are men of depraved minds, who, as far as the faith is concerned, are rejected…” Indeed, the Filipino who killed his Pakistani neighbor because of the latter’s dog is a personification of the evil which the Bible warned about.

WHAT CAN GOV’T DO TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE? Quite expectedly, government officials are desperately scrambling once more, because 21 people died in a bus accident last Monday, December 16, 2013, to announce that they are doing several things—like checking on the roadworthiness of public utility vehicles and increasing road patrols—ostensibly to prevent a repetition of that tragedy.

But then, up to when will all these last? Up to when will the government check the roadworthiness of passenger busses, taxis and jeepneys, and implement more road patrols? Up to the time that the interest in the accident shall have already waned once again? Then its back to “happy days of ineptness and carelessness” for the rascals in the public transport industry all over again?

When will we ever learn that all these palliative measures are, certainly, mere palliatives that will not really address the root causes of many of our problems as a people? If the government really wants to make a difference in solving these problems on a large scale, then we must do something that will really make a difference, and it is introducing spirituality among Filipinos by the reading of the Bible and obedience to God’s commands.

BIBLE STUDIES AND PRAYER SESSIONS IN GOV’T OFFICES: This can be done by requiring officials and employees from government agencies like the Land Transportation Office and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board to undertake among themselves honest-to-goodness Bible studies, as well as prayer sessions. The public that they serve must likewise be compelled to attend those Bible studies and prayer sessions.

This is not going to be violative of the Constitutional injunction against the separation of the Church and State. As former Chief Justice Artemio Panganiban wrote, in defense of the implementation of an “ecumenical prayer” which is recited daily in our courts: “Many people, including some men and women of the cloth, are surprised why the Supreme Court has an official prayer. They ask: is this not a violation of the separation of the church and state?

“The answer is no. Let me explain… The most basic concept of separation of church and state merely requires the government to be neutral in the `competition’, as it were, among different religious denominations… At bottom, while there is separation of church and state, there is no separation of the State from God…”

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