5 Months Later (A message to the Youth for Bro Eddie Movement)

Habang nagba-browse ako ng Facebook notification, napansin ko ang isang FB page na minsan kong “ni-like” and have once became active in: The Youth for Bro Eddie page.

It has been exactly 5 months after the last election.

Ambilis ng panahon. Napansin ko rin na ang last post was May 14. After that, the page seem to have lost its flame. Nakakalungkot naman.

Then I was reminded of Leviticus 6:12.

The fire on the altar must be kept burning; it must not go out. Every morning the priest is to add firewood and arrange the burnt offering on the fire and burn the fat of the fellowship offerings on it. – (Lev. 6:12, NIV)

This page was once an “altar” where the flames of young patriotism burned, an altar of sacrifices, hopes and dreams.  At kagaya ninyo, I was once “a priest” of this “altar”.

Looking back, I was reminded of how I once fought — not as a loyalist fanatic to a certain man, but for the ideals that this man fought for. Sa  kabila ng 3 pagkatalo, nananatiling buo ang paniniwala ko sa ipinaglalaban nya.

Youth Act Now Assembly (May 30, '08)

Youth Act Now Assembly (May 30, ’08) (Photo credit: Bikoy)

5 days ago, he celebrated his 67th birthday. Tinitignan ko ang pictures nya. Age has caught up with his physical body, but the fire of patriotism never seem to have wavered in his eyes. Sya pa rin ang hinahangaan kong radical-activist-turned-servant-leader. He is still the man of boldness that I so I wanted to become.

Ganunpaman, nakakalungkot isipin na ang buhay ng tao ay pansamantala lang. Kumbaga sa marathon ng buhay, nasa huling lap na si Bro Eddie ng karera nya. Nalulungkot ako at natatakot. Nagsimula akong magtanong. Naipasa nya na ba ang baton sa bagong henerasyon? Have we inherited his ideals, his boldness and his will? Kung kukunin na sya ng Lord, may magpapatuloy ba ng labang sinimulan nya? O kukuyakoy na lang tayo sa isang sulok, maghihintay kung kelan sabihan ng mga pastor at leader natin ng susunod na gagawin. Wala ba tayong sariling ipinaglalaban? Wala ba tayong magagawa? Wala nga ba tayong kusa?

Muli kong binalikan ang Youth For Bro Eddie Page. At nagdesisyon akong ipagpatuloy ang dati kong ginagawa: ang maniwala.

I firmly believe that this group’s purpose of existence does not and did not end with the results of the past elections. We are not just supporters of a mere politician, we are not supporters of a single man — we are supporters of a God-given advocacy and new found patriotism that God kindled in our hearts through the selfless sacrifice of this man.

Bro Eddie is an earthen vessel like each of us, kagaya ng lagi nyang sinasabi, instrumento lang sya. Even if God decided to “take him home” one day, his legacy will continue, the fight for truth and justice lives on — we, the generation of righteousness, will see to it that this happens.

Tayo ang magpapatuloy. Hindi natin kailangan maging politiko o pastor. In our small ways, in election season or out of season, we will be radical activists for truth, righteousness and justice.

We are the new patriots of our generation. We are for what this man fights for. We are for his ideals. We are for Bro Eddie.

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