Filipinos shared different thoughts and mixed reactions to how the government has been dealing with the COVID-19 outbreak so far. Some expressed their support to #StayAtHome, while others were outraged and started voicing out their disagreements.
If Romans 13:1-2 NKJV states, “Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore, whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves,” how then can you honor and support the authorities that you disagree with?
Here are 3 things you can do to respect and treat our government leaders with humility, as shared by Beyond Small Talk hosts, Peter Kairuz, Jerico Arceo, and Paul Herrera.
1. Pray for your leaders
1 Timothy 2:1-2 ESV says, “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.”
While someone else is getting angry at them, take the road less traveled and pray fervently. Ask God to give the government officials wisdom, grace, and a God-fearing heart as they lead the country.
2. Don’t condemn or curse them on social media
You have the right to voice out your opinions, but you can also disagree in a manner that is gracious and honorable.
As Paul explained, “Respect is earned, but honor is due to a position that is given to a person.”
3. Educate yourself and get involved
As a concerned Filipino citizen, it will be more productive to educate yourself on issues and take proactive steps to better the situation.
Instead of adding to the clamor, encourage yourself and others to be the solution that the country needs.
Things may have not turned out the way you wanted them to be, but you can put your trust in God who is in control and holds all things together.
The Word of God does not lie when it says in Psalm 33:12 NIV, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people he chose for his inheritance.”
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