A Filipino nightmare
Before the Marawi Maute-ISIL Crisis in Mindanao erupted, Christian bashers were already busy criticizing Digong. Well, it’s a nightmare to hear an elected President make jokes about rape or berate anyone who he thinks, does not deserve his respect, the irony. When he’s on TV, I have to tell my kids: “PG-13: Patnubay ay kailangan. Sa mga taong nagmumura, ang tenga ay takpan.” His manners and actions are just confounding.
Duterte vs. Duterte
|Friendship should be two-way||Deals with leftists|
|Digong loves the Filipino||Accused of patronizing EJK|
|He is very transparent||It’s OK to cuss in front of anyone|
|Digong has a Day for Women||Accused of being misogynist|
|There is God||Jokes about God|
3 Reasons why Christian bashers should stop
1. It’s bad testimony
Roman Catholics in the Philippines are more than 80% of the population (mostly Marian and Sto. Niño devotees). Thus, it’s proper to say we are a “Catholic nation” rather than a “Christian nation.” Of the more than 100 Million Filipinos, Christians (of Protestant descent) are roughly 5 Million. Believers are not the majority thus when we rant like hell, it’s notoriety.
Yes, Christians can criticise with good intentions and make a moral judgment of people, but only after self-examination and not with condemnation (Matthew 7:5). We are not called to be their judge (James 4:11; James 4:12). When there’s hate in what we post online, it’s just bad Christian testimony.
2. It’s not the way of Jesus
Nowhere in the New Testament can we find Jesus encouraging His disciples to bash their government. This does not mean Jesus condones abuse but clearly wants His followers to focus on spreading God’s love. Injustice is prevalent in this world because of the influence of evil (1 John 5:19). Which is why Jesus is coming back and God will set all things new. (Revelation 21:1)
God can remove anyone from office if it’s part of His plan, you don’t have to try so hard. God has allowed bad rulers to stay in power as His way to judge the people, who are evil themselves. Duterte can only stay in power, for as long God allows him to. Everything the Lord has made has its destiny and purpose. The Lord hates arrogance and will not escape punishment. (Proverbs 16:4-5)
→ Should Christians submit to a bad leader?
3. Satan wants to divide
A Christian’s testimony online is important if you want to influence other people for Jesus. Showing political bias becomes bad for Christians who openly bash those they do not favor. There are Christians and non-Christians who support Duterte’s kind of presidency. For many, he is not a statesman but a demagogue but nonetheless, he won according to the laws of the land. He has millions of supporters, who likewise deserve respect by not bashing them simply because of what they believe. Politics divides people.
Frontline Christians have waged personal wars and unfriended their (Christian) Facebook friends because of political differences, the attack turned personal. Some church leaders have also used the pulpit to take sides and involve themselves in politics, causing further division in the congregation. If Christians cannot respect other Christians who have opposing views, how can we stand united and defeat the real enemy?
→ How politics divide Christians in the Philippines
We cannot escape making moral judgements, but the right kind of judging is properly evaluating moral matters with a humble, helpful attitude.
Remember, speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15)
* This article was previously titled – “Why Duterte’s Christian online bashers are Satan’s social media hobby.”