The Sin that Damned the Philippines: Edsa People Power

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.     Countless Philippine media have portrayed the 1986 Edsa Avenue incident as one of the best things to happen in the country – without considering the consequences. Marketed as the People Power Revolution, the message is, if you don’t like the boss, take it to the street and shove him out. Now on its 30th anniversary, the effect on the country has been a stinky, crime-laden, highly corrupt, drug-filled degradation.

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.     What transpired was subtle rebellion. A few Metro Manila residents, not even the whole Philippines, did a flash mob to make traffic a standstill. There was dancing and singing done by a noisy minority – unknowing of the future damnation they would bring to the country.

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.     Imagine if every child, who does not approve of his parent, usurps that adult and throws him out of the house. What would it be like if office workers can forcibly evict their bosses? Students locking out their teacher. Is a group still stable if leaders are thrown out on a whim? Chaos is guaranteed when society ceases to be civil. The results of the protest are the subsequent bloody Edsa II and Edsa III oust-the-president attempts, (and shows no promise of ceasing). Rebellion, unless nipped in the bud, will flourish. Unity and cohesion are not possible when the threat of rebellion is a given. Every group that is not united, will cease to be strong.

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.     Notably, wise nations do not take their displeasure of a leader to result in mob activities. Americans not liking former president Bush, did not conspire to take him out. Sadly, countries such as Ukraine(2014) have not dealt with rebellion well, and thus would suffer its backlash. Thailand (2010) has done well to crush rebellion, and would continue to preserve rule of law. Germany, a country which has an advanced hierarchy culture, fully understands not to disrupt civil order by weakening organizations/institutions. Heck, Hitler was terrible but they stood by him then.

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.     Instead of the population’s rebellion, drastic action should be taken by a competent military, as it is one of the checks and balance in government. Also the politicians themselves are to resolve the issue of a terrible leader. That is what politics is for. And do this without using the people as pawns, unlike the Edsa conspirator Archbishop Jaime Cardinal Sin – who led the people to what his surname suggests.

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.     Rebellion is an offense God will deal due punishment. He has established authorities and will not tolerate disregard and disrespect toward these. The Bible has excessively mentioned rebellion, and here are but a few excerpts:

.     “An evil man seeks only rebellion, and a cruel messenger will be sent against him.” Prov 17:11

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.           “… he leads out the prisoners to prosperity, but the rebellious dwell in a parched land. ” Ps 68:6

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.     ” The word of the Lord came to me:  “Son of man, you dwell in the midst of a rebellious house, who have eyes to see, but see not, who have ears to hear, but hear not, for they are a rebellious house.” Ez 12:1-2

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.     ” and that they should not be unlike their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation,a generation whose heart was not steadfast,whose spirit was not faithful to God. ” Ps 78:8

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.     The last thing we need would be wrecking further havoc on ourselves with the curse brought by rebellion.  It is not too late to acknowledge wrongdoing as a people, to admit faults of the past.  Unless we do so, we may well continue to pay the penalty for our approval of the past.  As a nation, hopefully the Philippines would come on its knees to repent.  May God relent from further punishment.  And may we not rebel, to stop bringing about His wrath.

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.     May we be like David who disapproved of going against his King Saul.  David denounced harming and going against the King.  David anguished over tearing off a corner off the robe of his monarch.  May we thrive like the nations that protect and not overthrow their leader.

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