FINALLY, GOOD DEEDS ARE BEING RECOGNIZED: There is a positive message in President Benigno Aquino III’s announcement that he is likely to appoint outgoing Naga City Mayor Jesse Robredo as the secretary of the Department of the Interior and Local Government---that good deeds and dedication to duty, coupled with a heart overflowing with concern for others, will sooner or later be rewarded.
Now, other local executives and officials and employees will have a reason to perform well, do good and strive for excellence---someone is watching and ready to give recognition. I hope President Aquino can develop a system of regularly rewarding those who are going out of their way to serve, to encourage better service to the public.
As for the rest of the Philippine bureaucracy who may not be noticed at all even if they are doing good, what they can do is to do everything for God, as the Bible said, in 1 Corinthians 10:31: “So...whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God”.
GAYS AND LESBIANS, THE BIBLE HAS A MESSAGE FOR YOU: Indeed, gays and lesbians should not be discriminated against as Chairman Francisco Duque III of the Civil Service Commission clarified, but there is something in the Bible which seems to indicate that there is a very strict rule when it comes to members of the “third” sex.
It would seem to me that, based on its Romans 1:18-32, the Bible is saying that being a gay or a lesbian is some sort of an indication of God’s wrath, against people, men and women, who do not give thanks and who do not glorify God.
Here is a part of that Biblical passage: “The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men... For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him...”
“...Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another....”
TO KILLERS OF MEDIAMEN: STOP YOUR SINFUL WAYS: It seems journalists and broadcasters and mediamen have become fair game once again, with the gangland-style killings of DZJC Laoag City anchorman Joselito Agustin and Sunrise FM Mati, Davao Oriental disc jockey Jessie Camanan happening one after the other.
There is no doubt Agustin and Camanan were killed because of their work as media personalities drumbeating negative commentaries against certain local personalities. But then, the real question here is, can the killings serve any good purpose for the killers and the masterminds aside from temporarily silencing their critics?
For one mediaman that is killed because of the exercise of his profession, there will be a host of others who will take his place, and continue the crusade against the bad guys. The real remedy here is for those who are being criticized to mend their ways and stop committing acts that invite criticism.
BIBLE TRIVIA, PART III: GOD DID NOT ENVISION FAMILY PLANNING OR POPULATION CONTROL: Here is one trivia from the Bible that Filipino lawmakers who are intent on passing the abortion-laced Reproductive Health Bill should always remember: God did not envision man to be undertaking family planning or population control.
Genesis 1:28 says, after man was created: “God blessed them and said to them, `Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground...”
We should note that there is no doubt at all that God wanted man to propagate himself in all of the earth. He used four phrases to underscore this point: “be fruitful”, “increase in number”, “fill the earth” and “subdue it”.
If God intended to say that man should increase in number only to a certain point or up to a certain limit only, He should have said so in the same clear manner. Therefore, anyone saying that man should limit his number by family planning or population control is going against God’s laws.
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