Recently, the government has issued an order to arrest those who will not cooperate with the mandatory quarantine guidelines in the effort to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.
Some people might find it hard to obey the authorities’ protocols, despite health risks and potential arrest, because of several reasons.
Breaking the law, however, doesn’t coincide with what the Bible teaches in 1 Peter 2:13-15 (ESV), “Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people.”
Knowing that, how do you submit to governing authorities especially in a crisis like this?
Learn from Beyond Small Talk hosts Peter Kairuz, Jericho Arceo, and Paul Herrera.
Be a good citizen
You are called to be a responsible and wise Filipino citizen. You are called to follow the rules and regulations and submit to the authorities.
As Paul Herrera said, “Whether you like the leaders or not, you have to obey the law.” Some people might find it hard to obey rules during a national crisis, particularly when their views differ from the governing authorities. However, disobedience might do more harm than good.
You can still air out your grievances. No one is withholding you because speaking your heart out is your right. However, in doing so, be careful to discern that what comes out of your mouth will not be dishonoring to the leaders of the land and will give glory to God.
As Proverbs 18:21 says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.”
In the end, the leaders are accountable to God.
Be faithful in what you can do
Instead of pinpointing and blaming, you can be diligent in fulfilling your role as a good citizen.
One of the many ways is to help front liners who battle against the pandemic. At the same time, praying for the country and the leaders would also mean a lot!
Remember that change starts in you and that the safety of your loved ones and neighbors is in your hands. You can protect them by being obedient citizens.
The Philippines is not a hopeless country.
God promised in Deuteronomy 28:1-3 (NIV), “If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations on earth. All these blessings will come on you and accompany you if you obey the Lord your God: You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country.”
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