How to Move on from The Election Fever

How to move on from the election fever

Here’s my ran­dom reflec­tion regard­ing the post-elec­tion. Elec­tion is over, we have a new pres­i­dent and I observed not all peo­ple are ready to move on from the hav­oc of this elec­tion. I also noticed that some of my friends unfriend­ed me on Face­book, worst some close friends blocked me.

Our coun­try will now enter to the sea­son of uncer­tain out­comes. A new admin­is­tra­tion under Duterte’s pres­i­den­cy, who ear­li­er claimed to cease crim­i­nal­i­ty, drugs and cor­rup­tion. The so called Iron-man or “the pun­ish­er”, was recent­ly con­fessed that he became a Chris­t­ian already and have a deep abid­ing faith in God alone.

Who would have thought that this tough guy, would sur­ren­der his life to God amidst of accu­sa­tions  against him. Accu­sa­tions that he will just bring this coun­try to hell and do not vote him just like the Roman Church priests repeat­ed­ly said dur­ing the cam­paign peri­od.

What sad­dened me most is that even all the pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates con­ced­ed, fol­low­ers remain in the area of mud­sling­ing. Some peo­ple instead of being sup­port­er they became fanat­ic. As Duterte’s state­ment“let’s begin heal­ing now” , have you moved on already from this elec­tion? If not so, I encour­age you to do so and let’s join and unite togeth­er as we are already in the peri­od of tran­si­tion.

Life is a big tran­si­tion. There would always be tran­si­tions in life. From being singe to get­ting mar­ried, from being a stu­dent to becom­ing a pro­fes­sion­al work­er. In every tran­si­tion, God reveals what is in our hearts.

How do you respond late­ly when you receive the news that your can­di­date is los­ing? That a new leader will be appoint­ed and you hate him? Tran­si­tion is dif­fi­cult. But noth­ing is impos­si­ble with faith. We must see what God is doing in our lives every tran­si­tion.

 As a nation, I want this to share to you how we can help to make our nation move for­ward.

1. Pray for our coun­try.

By pray­ing for our coun­try, And declar­ing bless­ings to it, we are mak­ing a move in nation build­ing. Prayers are pow­er­ful. Don’t curse the gov­ern­ment, don’t curse the peo­ple, there is pow­er in our words that some­times we are not aware of.

Then if my peo­ple who are called by my name will hum­ble them­selves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heav­en and will for­give their sins and restore their land.” — 2 Chron­i­cles 7:14 NLT

2. Love and be rec­on­ciled.

Now is the best time to restore bro­ken rela­tion­ships because of elec­tion. Stop being fanat­ic of your can­di­date and start to be rec­on­ciled with every­one. Jesus wants us to love one anoth­er.

3. Sub­mit and sup­port the new gov­ern­ment.

You are sub­mit­ting to the author­i­ties when you fol­low the law. But that’s only sub­mit­ting.

Sub­mit­ting and Sup­port­ing should co-exist, by sup­port­ing the new gov­ern­ment, you become an advo­cate of change. You are ready for change. Don’t be apa­thet­ic and pes­simistic, that will not help.

Con­se­quent­ly, who­ev­er rebels against the author­i­ty is rebelling against what God has insti­tut­ed, and those who do so will bring judg­ment on them­selves. For rulers hold no ter­ror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in author­i­ty? Then do what is right and you will be com­mend­ed.” — Romans 13:2–3 NIV

4. Make dis­ci­ples.

One of my vision for the coun­try is more and more fol­low­er of Christ will be involve in the gov­ern­ment. Chris­tians should take part of build­ing the nation. If there are God’s peo­ple in every depart­ment of gov­ern­ment, they will be the light on it, God will use them to bring His light to the gov­ern­ment.

That’s one of the rea­son why I am glad that Broth­er Eddie Vil­lanue­va had the oppor­tu­ni­ty to share the gospel to Duterte when he was still cam­paign­ing. The result? Duterte is now a fol­low­er of Christ, that’s the first time in my life I saw an emerg­ing leader to become a Chris­t­ian. God moves in mys­te­ri­ous ways.

We should not stop mak­ing dis­ci­ples as we are com­mis­sioned to do it.

When we sup­port the new gov­ern­ment, we become an advo­cate. Let’s take our part on this! Don’t be pes­simistic, rest assure that who­ev­er will be elect­ed, it was God’s cho­sen one. Kings and rulers may change but God is still seat­ed on His throne for­ev­er. Be con­fi­dent that God is always there.

He con­trols the course of world events; he removes kings and sets up oth­er kings. He gives wis­dom to the wise and knowl­edge to the schol­ars.” — Daniel 2:21

Change is already hap­pen­ing and it will begin from us!.

Just a Thought on the Upcoming Philippine Elections

Photo from ABS CBN News

Pho­to from ABS CBN News

After six years of the cur­rent pres­i­dent and admin­is­tra­tion, anoth­er elec­tion again will hap­pen just a few days from now.

Who will be the next pres­i­dent? Who will win? Who will you vote this elec­tion?. These are the ques­tion that I fre­quent­ly received from friends, peers and fam­i­ly. But will it mat­ter?

With social media we can express our­selves eas­i­ly, but for me it is not a great tool to spread hate and vio­lence to oth­ers. It is so far the most divi­sive elec­tions I’ve ever seen.

Though we have our own pref­er­ences on whom to vote and not to vote, the best way to do is just to keep it to our­selves. Pray and vote who you feel God puts to your heart.

Our votes is not a reflec­tion of who we are moral­ly instead it defined how we love our coun­try. And I still believe that there is uni­ty in diver­si­ty.

We can­not put our hope on the next leader of the coun­try, it still Christ is the hope of this nation. If we know that God is sov­er­eign, why should we afraid?. God is still in con­trol who­ev­er sits on the posi­tion:

He con­trols the course of world events;
    he removes kings and sets up oth­er kings.
He gives wis­dom to the wise
    and knowl­edge to the schol­ars.- 

 (Daniel 2:21) NLT