UPDATE: Please take time to read my Open letter to Bangon Pilipinas volunteers.
This is a message to all JIL members, Bangon Pilipinas campaign managers and supporters, and even to the critics of Bro Eddie Villanueva.
Just let the man run. He has decided in his heart to compete in the political arena for the 3rd time, so respect his decision to run. He knows what pain and trouble he is getting his family into, so let him run.
But please stop campaigning as if he is the “messiah” of the Philippine politics, that Juan dela Cruz will live under God’s open heaven once he gets into office, or the country has never had any stellar candidate like him. He is NOT a messiah so please stop claiming things the man does not and would not claim for himself. Don’t put him up on
an altar a pedestal for all Pinoys to see — he is not a golden calf. We all know Pinoys are very cautious towards cult-like activities, and yet the way some of us behave towards him is nothing short of a freaking cult member; some, but not all.
Let’s face it, the man has imperfections and he still struggles with his sinful nature on a daily basis. His family has scandals of their own. He is never holier nor better than the least JIL member. On his own accord, he is not as righteous as some claim him to be. He is just another imperfect Christian in need of God’s grace, just like everyone of us. Yes, his sense of moral ascendancy is far better than other politicians I know, but if you think his principles and Biblical wisdom alone would earn him a seat in the Senate, then think again. And if you think “He will prepare the way of the Lord in the Senate” is a good campaign slogan, I’ll be first to say it is WALEY.
And oh, please stop spiritually harassing other members of the Body of Christ (or another JIL member) should they decline to support the man. The Bro. Eddie I know is a champion of human rights, and he will never impose himself to anyone. And yet some of us still go too far. There’s nothing more irksome to hear than another JIL member quoting Esther 4:14 during campaign. Are we to
proclaim curses pass judgment on another soul that Jesus died for, will God will blot his name from the Book of Life, just because they do not support our candidate?
Now will I vote for him? Of course I will. He is still far better than some politicians I know. At least his tweets and FB posts are original and not just plagiarized versions of another stateman’s speech. He has more credibility than any action-star-turned-legislator, and he has fought more battles on the hard lines of rallies than someone did in the basketball hard court.
But will I once again put on my golden-yellow shirt and shout “Bangon Pilipinas!”? That I’m not sure. Maybe it depends on whether his campaign managers would take their strategies to a paradigm shift.
I was once in the front-line of his 2 campaigns, and I’ve seen enough spiritual frenzy amongst the JIL members and BP supporters — everyone, including myself, had elevated Bro Eddie to “political messiah” status. In fact, that was our battle cry.
We were so convinced that it was God’s will that he wins. Looking back, it was an extremely risky gamble. We thought we had nothing to lose, and I have seen people laying everything on the line for the campaign of our messiah. Some of us even mixed evangelism with electioneering, leading people to Christ in every opportunity. Some of us even went as far as promising God’s blessings on the account of voting for “God’s chosen candidate”. We have confidently but blindly placed our faith and everything we have on the results of the election. And so when the results came, we were devastated. Our faith were shattered. The weak in spirit crumbled. Some of us lost more than just the election bid — we lost our job, we doubted our faith, we marred our relationships, we alienated fellowship with other believers, we lost our pride.
So I am appealing to everyone who reads this blog, especially to his die-hard supporters. I am still confident Bro Eddie’s credentials would speak for itself. Focus on the task at hand, but separate Church and State. Stop clothing his campaign with spiritualism, or associate his political bid with God’s sovereign plan of salvation. This is politics, a God-instituted system of governance founded on every Filipino’s democratic rights. If he wins or lose, it means the people exercised their God-given freewill to vote. And please for crying out loud, do not make promises of national prosperity should he win, nor declare the country will be under God’s curses should he lose. And this time, accept with spiritual maturity whatever the results of the election would be, and maybe, only then will we regain our pride and the respect of the Filipino people for us Bible-believing Christians.
- Open Letter to the Bangon Pilipinas Volunteers | Notes of an Imperfect Christian (w3bservant.wordpress.com)
- Bro. Villanueva, Grace Poe, Bam Aquino lead race in social media (technology.inquirer.net)
- Villanueva, Hagedorn forgot media in campaign motorcade (newsinfo.inquirer.net)