5-Lessons from ABS-CBN Shutdown

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How should a Christian respond from the surreal cancellation of ABS-CBN franchise?

On July 10, 2020, congress rejected media giant ABS-CBN franchise renewal based on multiple violations. Despite the prayers of Christians in the network, it seems God was silent, but we do know that all things work together for the good of those who love Him. Surely, there are lessons to be learned.

1. Nothing is permanent

ABS-CBN is an institution. A testament to freedom and victory of our country. Perhaps the Lopezes thought they were immovable or maybe, there was a clear violation. The point is, nothing is permanent; only God is eternal. That should put us back in humble feet.

Psalm 102:26-27
“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 GodQuiboloy, who claimed to “stop” earthquakes challenged by ABS-CBN’s most popular television host.

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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.

Proverbs 16:18
“Pride leads to destruction, and arrogance to downfall.”

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3. Live “below” your means

Surely, there is good pay in ABS-CBN, and many of them saved and spent 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.

Proverbs 22:7
“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.

Matthew 6:31
“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 of jobs. We must not think of them as lost, but opportunities we were blessed with.

James 1:2-4
“…when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.”

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