CAGAYAN de Oro Representative Rufus Rodriguez urged the Aquino administration to pursue its ambition of joining the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership to boost the Philippines’ development and progress. Read the rest of this entry
LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Teach me, LORD, the way of your decrees, that I may follow it to the end. Give me understanding, so that I may keep your law and obey it with all my heart…” (Psalm 119:33-34, the Holy Bible).
ONE MORE PRAYER FOR APEC 2015: The other day, I wrote in this column that all of us should pray for a safe Asia Pacific Economic Conference (APEC) 2015, so threats of violence aired in social networking sites will not happen. Today, I will ask again for prayers for APEC 2015, for another, but more important, reason.
I believe that we should all pray that the heads of countries who will come and participate in the conference will be guided by God towards pushing not only their own economic, social, and political agendas, but more towards turning around their respective constituents so everybody could become more God-fearing and God-loving.
Undeniably, APEC had been here for as long as many will care to remember. The reality, however, is that, it has proven itself to be nothing more than a mere social organization, unable to truly and concretely advance the causes of world peace, unity, and prosperity. Until now, in fact, many APEC members are plagued by poor constituents, and by senseless violence and discord.
APEC IS A USELESS ORGANIZATION: Indeed, APEC is a useless organization, if we talk about its inability to promote a better life at least for the citizens of its member-countries. The money and resources that have been devoted through the years in staging it, in one member-country after another, could have been put to better use among ordinary men and women and children who have no food to eat and water to drink.
APEC has even become one big joke among many perceptive journalists, who have started defining APEC, using its own initials, as “A Perfect Excuse to Chat”. Undeniably, that is all that APEC member-countries appear capable of doing—to chat and chat, tirelessly it seems, without being able to do anything of substance.
So, what can APEC try to do to make it more relevant at this point in time that poverty, wars, and strife are afflicting many parts of the world? Perhaps, it can try something different for its 2015 event: regardless of religion or spiritual affiliation, its member-countries can start mobilizing their resources towards making their citizens more God-fearing and God-loving or, at least, more spiritually-grounded.
APEC MUST DIRECT ITS CITIZENS TOWARDS SPIRITUALITY: For countries which adhere to the Christian faith, I propose that there must be a serious effort to teach their citizens the value of reading, studying, and then obeying, the Christian Bible, irrespective of their religion.
I am sure that if Christian countries will do this, there is going to be a spiritual renewal among their people which will make them more God-fearing and God-loving, and more loving and concerned about their fellowmen, which actually are the two most basic Christian doctrines.
On the other hand, for countries which belong to other religious or spiritual affiliations, they could likewise mobilize their adherents towards being more truthfully guided by their own norms of spirituality, or by some other doctrinal teachings which, I am sure, likewise center on a high regard for a Superior Being who created them (whatever the Being maybe called by them), and by a healthy respect for the rights of others.
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LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Train the child in the way that he should go, and he will never depart from it even if he grows old…” (Proverbs 22:6, the Holy Bible).
SOMETHING SINISTER AGAINST TEACHING THE BIBLE IN SCHOOLS IN RP: A group of pastors from several Born Again churches met with me on Tuesday, November 04, 2015, and they confirmed to me once more that something sinister is really going on in this country when it comes to teaching our children about the Bible, about righteousness, and about spirituality.
You see, these pastors constitute the leadership of a group called the Association of Christian Educators of the Philippines or ASCEP. Ever since I was introduced to ASCEP sometime in 2010 or thereabouts, they have been complaining about not-so-discreet attempts to persecute them, with the end in view of closing the elementary and high schools operated by their churches.
ASCEP by the way is the organization of schools owned and managed by Born Again pastors and churches. In 1996, they were given a special permit to operate by then Education Secretary Ricardo Gloria, which enabled them to put up modest schools in equally modest, if not more modest, facilities, to teach basically the children of their members.
CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS DO A GREAT SERVICE TO COUNTRY: The objective of the schools was not just to teach what the other public and private schools had been teaching. They are also deep into teaching spirituality, righteousness, and Biblical principles, particularly the lives of Biblical characters whose unwavering faith in God allowed them to triumph at all cost, which is something that has been removed from mainstream education in our country.
These Christian schools, which have banded together and formed ASCEP, provide great help to the government in terms of decongesting the already-burgeoning public and private school system, precisely because children who enrolled with them no longer join the millions who jam public and private schools every school opening.
Then, too, Christian schools tremendously contribute to the molding of law-abiding and God-fearing citizens, not only among the children who are taught by them the teachings of God in the Bible, but also the parents of their children who are encouraged to study the Word of God, too, so they can continue providing spiritual guidance to their kids even at home.
AQUINO GOV’T PERSECUTING CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS: So, one would think that the government, particularly the Aquino government, should be doing all it can to help these Christian schools to thrive and to succeed in their operations, correct? The answer should of course be a resounding “yes”. Unfortunately, however, the education officials of the Aquino government are doing the reverse.
Instead of helping the Christian schools, the Aquino government is persecuting them. Right now, for instance, the Department of Education under Catholic priest Bro. Armin Luistro, is refusing to honor the special permit given by then Sec. Gloria to the Christian schools for them to operate, excluding them from its list of accredited schools. What is more, the DepEd is refusing to recognize the graduates of these Christian schools.
Luistro should be reminded that there are laws in the Philippines, including the Constitution itself, that safeguard the teaching of religion to elementary and high school students. He should therefore reconsider his stand against Born Again Christian schools, and allow them to continue operating under the permit given to them by Gloria.
PLEASE LISTEN: “Ang Tanging Daan” (The Sole Way): a Bible study and prayer session online could now be heard, 24 HOURS a day, in the Philippines and the world at www.facebook.com/angtangingdaan or www.facebook.com/ANDKNK (For ANDKNK, look for “Ang Tanging Daan” broadcasts). Phone: 0922 833 43 96, 0918 574 0193, 0917 984 24 68. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.