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Mar Roxas of 2010 vs. Mar Roxas of 2016

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(BY: ATTY. BATAS MAURICIO) LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “…Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith…” (Hebrews 13:7, the Holy Bible).

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MAR ROXAS OF 2010 VS. MAR ROXAS OF 2016: As in 2010, the Liberal Party is being confronted once again with the question, is there no viable presidential candidate of the party other than Secretary Mar Roxas of the Department of the Interior and Local Government? One Internet news site is also asking: “How do you solve a problem like Mar Roxas?” in view of his consistently low ratings.

Obviously, the concern is that, the Mar Roxas of 2016 is the same as the Mar Roxas of 2010—although well-prepared in almost every respects, including the availability of huge financial contributions for his candidacy, Mar Roxas still appears unwinnable, still lagging in surveys, still unable to titillate the interest of Filipino voters.

So, how will the Mar Roxas of 2016 plug the loopholes of the ill-fated candidacy of Mar Roxas of 2010? The most obvious answers are the following: first, he can already give up his presidential ambitions; second, he can still run, against all odds, but he must make sure the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines can be made to work for his victory; third, and more seriously this time, he can try seeking God’s help to make him win.

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SEEKING GOD’S HELP: AN OPTION FOR MAR ROXAS: For me, the third option—seeking God’s help—appears the most appealing. Yet, although it looks deceptively simple, it is really much more complicated. Indeed, the question is, why will God help Mar Roxas win the presidency in 2016? This question is very important if we consider Romans 13 of the Bible, where it is said that God Himself installs leaders and authorities.

Yes, why should God listen to the prayers of Mar Roxas for him to become president of the Philippines in 2016? Only Mar Roxas can give the answer to this  question, but it would be instructive to see what God’s Word, the Bible, says about leaders and officials whom He chooses to install. Perhaps, Mar Roxas can learn from these Biblical standards which God uses to install leaders.

Let us start off with Genesis 41, where, after listening to a discourse by Joseph, the Pharaoh of Egypt voiced out a criterion for selecting the leader who will save the people from the hunger of the country’s seven-year famine. The Pharaoh asked: “Can we find anyone like this man in whom the Spirit of God dwells?” Perhaps, the question for Mar Roxas in line with this story is: “does the Spirit of God dwell in Mar Roxas?”

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CAN ROXAS GET GOD’S ANOINTING IN 2016? Then, in Exodus 18, Moses got an advice from Jethro, his father-in-law, as to who he should install as officials to govern Israelites. Jethro said Moses must install “… capable men… men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain…” For Mar Roxas, the questions here should be: is he capable? Does he fear God? Is he trustworthy? Does he hate dishonest gain?

In 1 Samuel 16:7, “… the Lord said to Samuel… the Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” So, does Mar Roxas have the kind of heart that pleases God? Then, in Mark 10:43-44 of the Bible, Jesus, our God and Savior, laid down the rule that those who want to be leaders must become servants of the people. Can Mar Roxas claim that he is the servant of the people?

Personally, I am convinced that Mar Roxas is highly qualified to become this country’s president, in 2016 or at some future time. I am also convinced Mar Roxas wants to really serve our country and its people. But he must pay attention to the Word of God, and endeavor to obey it more carefully, if he wants to turn his political fortune around. God, after all, is the only One who ordains leaders and officials, including Philippine presidents.

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REMINDERS: You can call me at 0917 984 24 68, 0918 574 0193, 0922 833 43 96. Email: batasmauricio@yahoo.com, mmauriciojr111@gmail.com, melaniolazomauricojr@outlook.com.
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