Thursday, March 02, 2006

Consejo Voce

Arlon Magsino
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Ever received those e-mails that tells something then asks you to forward it to others? Some can really be annoying but some can really be thought-provoking. I’ll relay one that I received form my dad. It’s quite old but better late than never. I don’t know who the original sender is so I could be in danger for plagiarism. Anyway, they asked me to propagate it, so their wish is my command.
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When Minister Joe Wright was asked to open the new session of the Kansas Senate, everyone was expecting the usual generalities, but this is what they heard:
"Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness and to seek your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says, ‘Woe to those who call evil good,’ but that is exactly what we have done. We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values.
We confess that we have ridiculed the absolute truth of Your Word and call it Pluralism.
We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery.
We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare.
We have killed our unborn and called it choice.
We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable.
We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self-esteem.
We have abused power and called it politics.
We have coveted our neighbor’s possessions and called it ambition.
We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression.
We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment.
Search us, Oh, God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin and set us free.
Guide and bless these men and women who have been sent to direct us to the center of Your will and to openly ask these things in the name of Your Son, the living Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen!"
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REACT!!! I don’t know about you, but certainly I have to agree to most of the points which was raised by this pastor. The internet can really be a tool for spreading such messages, though it can also be used for evil purposes. Nevertheless, this pastor truly has the guts!!! What he stated perhaps were only observations of the status quo of the global society. Many reacted violently to his prayer. But everybody has the freedom to say anything today so let’s just respect that. I found nothing wrong with it; what I did find was a man seeking aid as well as admitting to his creator the inherent weakness that man possess.
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I have always believed that modern society is already corrupted in all aspects of life. It is sad but I also stand in conviction that if there is a will, there is definitely a way; somehow that is. We can still lessen, if not totally eradicate, the morale corruption in many civilizations of the world. That can be achieved through education and prayer.
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Still, I know that any nation’s character depends on the people who comprise it. If the people are corrupt, inductive reasoning tells us that the nation itself is corrupt. Will the Philippines get out of the corruption in its character? Only Filipinos can answer such question.

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