A Filipino nightmare?
It’s a nightmare to hear a leader of a nation make jokes about rape, cuss in live TV, or berate anyone because he did not get the respect he deserves as President, the irony. Despite his confounding manners, he is well-loved by millions because they see hope in his leadership style.
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|
Despite his colorful personality, his position deserves respect. All government has been established by God or at the least allowed to exist. You can’t twist scriptures to justify your angst. (Romans 13:1)
3 Reasons why Christian believers should refrain from criticizing government leaders
1. It’s a bad testimony
Christ-followers in the Philippines is roughly 5 Million; Believers are not the majority. Thus when we rant like hell, it’s notoriety, which is bad testimony.
We aren’t called to slander our leaders but pray for them (James 4:11-12). Atheists love it, and demons laugh when Christians spew hate in their mouths.
Demons laugh when Christians spew hate in their mouths.
→ Am I sinning if I criticize an immoral person?
2. It’s not the way of Jesus
Jesus never encouraged His disciples to bash the government. He wants us to share God’s Kingdom of love and forgiveness. Jesus knows there’s social injustice, but “His appeal was always to the hearts of men, not their political freedoms,” said John MacArthur.
Jesus never encouraged His disciples to bash the government.
→ Should Christians submit to a bad leader?
3. Satan wants to divide
President Duterte has a strong following, but not everyone likes him. Ranting in social media against a leader may offend others. It also alienates non-believers and believers who may disagree with you. The result is division.
In fact, there are Christians who have unfriended each other over political views. Not even their faith in Christ could unite them. Pride and hate allowed Satan to win.
Pride and hate allow Satan to win.
→ How politics divide Christians in the Philippines
We cannot escape making moral judgments
We must expose evil, defend, and help the oppress. However, there is a righteous way of being critical. We must evaluate moral matters with a humble, helpful attitude. Remember, speak the truth in love, whether you agree or not. (Ephesians 4:15)