How should a Christian respond to the cancellation of the ABS-CBN franchise?
On July 10, 2020, congress rejected media giant ABS-CBN franchise renewal based on multiple violations. Despite the prayers of Christians working in the network, it seems God was silent. It was surreal and beyond understanding. But surely, there are lessons to be learned.
1. Nothing is permanent
ABS-CBN is an institution. A testament to the freedom and victory of our country. Perhaps the Lopezes thought they were immovable, or maybe, there was a clear violation. The point is that nothing is permanent; only God is eternal. That should put us back on humble feet.
“Like clothing, you will change them, and they will be discarded. But you remain the same, and your years will never end.”
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2. After pride comes a fall
Surely a coincidence, self-proclaimed “son of God” Quiboloy, who claimed to “stop” earthquakes challenged by ABS-CBN’s most popular television host.
In a delusion of grandeur, Vice Ganda made fun of him as he did to GMA TV’s Jessica Soho. He laughed hard as others did, but who’s laughing now? We should never mock anyone – it’s pride and arrogance.
“Pride leads to destruction, and arrogance to downfall.”
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3. Live “below” your means
Indeed, there is good pay in ABS-CBN, and many of them save and spend money wisely. However, those who didn’t are in deep trouble. Even ants save for a rainy day. There’s wisdom in living below your means, not within.
“The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is a slave to the lender.”
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4. God will take care of His children
Thousands of people may remain jobless unless someone takes over the network; it’s a scary situation. Remember, God is our security, not our job; God is our provider, not our boss; God is in control, not people.
“Therefore, do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?”
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5. Thank the LORD in all circumstances
The LORD giveth and taketh – God can and will use unfortunate circumstances for the good of those who love Him (Romans 8:28). Many times, it’s His fight, not ours.
Just as there are seasons of time, there are seasons of friendship and jobs. We must not think of them as lost but as opportunities, we were blessed with.
“…when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.”
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ABS-CBN’s fate sealed?
The presidential election of 2022 was most controversial because of a Marcos return and the rise of Duterterism. Given that Duterte Sr. threatened to close the station, it was the 70 lawmakers who voted to deny the franchise. Netizens vowed to remember their names.
However, 45 emerged victorious in the May 9, 2022 polls, primarily supporters of Marcos Jr. and Duterte’s daughter Sara, who won as Marcos Jr.’s vice president.