I haven’t written anything for well over five months now but the devastation that has fallen on my country is too much to bear for me to remain silent. It breaks my heart. It changes perspective. And it shifts paradigms. Typhoon Haiyan (locally known as Yolanda) has left thousands of deaths in its trail. It has washed away houses and homes, destroyed businesses, buildings and schools. It has swept livelihoods and lives. Heartbreaking is not enough to describe what has happened and it seems that words are not adequate to explain, to express, to mourn. This is a time of grieving, of trusting, of praying.
A midst this great catastrophe, people seem to take advantage of the situation to get blog views, website ratings, and likes. People like Mr. Jim Solouki (or as I would like to refer to him, Mr. Self-Righteous). His blog post, titled, “God is punishing the Philippines!” calls upon “True Christians” (whatever that means to him) and it accuses the Philippines and Filipinos as heathens, calling the people who died as sinners. Mr. Self-Righteous, I beg of you to please get your Scriptures right. God doesn’t hate sinners, HE LOVES THEM. He loves the “sinners” just as much as He loves His followers. I think you’re mixing up God’s delight and God’s love. After all, doesn’t God cause the sun to rise on both believers and non-believers? Doesn’t God cause rain to sinners and Christians a-like? Didn’t He send His Son to die on the Cross for both Believers and Non-Believers? To call this calamity as God’s punishment for the wicked is to say that bad things only happen to bad people. But you know that’s not true for bad things happen to both the good and the bad, the righteous and the sinner, the believer and the non-believer. The question you should be asking as a “Christian” to your so-called “God” and your so-called “Holy Spirit” isn’t whether God sent this as a punishment for the wicked, but rather how God is going to use this calamity to call out people who love Him to help the people in need; how people who suffered will respond with love and hope; how things would come into perspective after this has passed. Those are the important things for it is not your job to judge people and to point fingers, as a Christian your job is to love. I don’t know which god you believe in, I don’t know which bible you read but the God I know, the God I love, the God I serve and obey is a God of love. He is a God of Justice. And He is a God of Peace. What you claim to be, who you claim you are reminds me of this passage from Matthew 7:22 “”Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.'”