THE ONLY HOPE FOR THE PHILIPPINES
by Father James Reuter, S.J.
By her own admission, GMA (Gloria Macapagal Arroyo) rightfully
assessed that over the last decades; our republic has become one of
the weakest, steadily left behind by its more progressive neighbors.
Forty years ago, we were only second to Japan in economic stature, and
way ahead of Singapore , Hong Kong , Malaysia , and Thailand . Today,
at our present growth rate, it will take us 30 years to get to where
1. A population of 160 Million;
2. Of those, 70 to 90 million (equivalent to our current population)
will live below the poverty line;
3. Our national debt is estimated to be at US$200B (compared to US
$28B when Marcos fled, and US$53B today);
4. We will be competing, not against Thailand or even Vietnam , but
against Bangladesh ;
5. We will be the most corrupt nation in Asia , if not in the world
(we’re already ranked 11th most corrupt nation by Transparency
The signs are clear. Our nation is headed towards an irreversible path
of economic decline and moral decadence. It is not for lack of effort.
We’ve seen many men and women of integrity in and out of government,
NGOs, church groups & people’s organization devote themselves to the
task of nation-building, often times against insurmountable odds. But
not even two people’s revolutions, bloodless as they may be, have made
a dent in reversing this trend. At best, we have moved one step
forward, but three steps backward. We need a force far greater than
our collective efforts, as a people, can ever hope to muster. It is
time to move the battle to the spiritual realm. It’s time to claim
GOD’s promise of healing of the land for His people. It’s time to
gather GOD’s people on its knees to pray for the economic recovery and
moral reformation of our nation.
Is prayer really the answer? Before you dismiss this as just another
rambling of a religious fanatic, I’d like you to consider some lessons
we can glean from history. England ‘s ascendancy to world power was
preceded by the Reformation, a spiritual revival fueled by intense
prayers. The early American settlers built the foundation that would
make it the most powerful nation today – a strong faith in GOD and a
disciplined prayer life. Throughout its history, and especially at its
major turning points, waves of revival and prayer movement swept
across the land. In recent times, we see Korea as a nation
experiencing revival and in the process producing the largest
Christian church in the world today, led by Rev. Paul Yongi Cho. No
wonder it has emerged as a strong nation when other economies around
it are faltering.
Even from a purely secular viewpoint, it makes a lot of sense. For
here there is genuine humbling & seeking of GOD through prayer, moral
reformation necessarily follows. And this, in turn, will lead to
general prosperity. YES, we believe prayer can make a difference. It’s
our only hope.
Today, we launch this email brigade, to inform Filipinos from all over
the world to pray, as a people, for the economic recovery and moral
reformation of our nation. We do not ask for much. We only ask for 5
minutes of your time in a day, to forward this email to your close friends
and relatives. This is the kind of unity which can make a big
difference. Of course, if you feel strongly, as I do, about the power
of prayer, you can be more involved by starting your own prayer group
or prayer center.
We have tried people power twice; in both cases, it fell short. Maybe
it’s time to try prayer power. GOD never fails. Is there hope? YES! We
can rely on God’s promise, but we have to do our part. If we humble
ourselves and pray as a people, GOD will heal our land. By GOD’s
grace, we may yet see a better future for our children. “If My people,
who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray, and seek
My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from
Heaven, and will forgive their sins, and will heal their land.” 2
If you care for your children and grandchildren, PLEASE pass this
on… Let’s not just abandon the Philippines .
Forwarded by: Noel S.
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