Christians on hot waters

I tried to get more info on what Manny Pacquiao said about gays and this is what I got from his official website, “Manny Pacquiao was recently quoted in the USAToday as invoking the old testament and recited Leviticus 20:13, saying: “If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.” In the same conversation Manny explained his feelings in regards to same sex marriage which were printed in an earlier article today. “God only expects man and woman to be together and to be legally married, only if they are in love with each other. “It should not be of the same sex so as to adulterate the altar of matrimony, like in the days of Sodom and Gomorrah of Old.” In what appears to be Manny Pacquiao’s official feelings on the subject, let us just say that Pacquiao’s beliefs are not the beliefs, of this writer or the staff of MP8.ph.” (source, http://tiny.cc/2loeew)

I am a Born-Again Christian too. Although I had been on the crossroads of my faith, I know what it is to believe and to say and when to say them. I will not comment on what Manny Pacquiao said, because like the bible says, DO NOT JUDGE… but what I will say is more on expressing our beliefs and standing by them BUT not spreading hate or judgment.

I have already read a book entitled, What’s So Amazing About Grace? written by Philip Yancey. And one of the common mistakes Christians made is to spread hatred rather than grace. To quote Philip’s words, “Christians were becoming known mainly for what they were against: pornography, homosexuality, abortion, etc. That disturbed me, as I see grace as one of the great, often untapped, powers of the universe that God has asked us to set loose.” Admit it or not, most of the Believers tend to forget what Jesus did in the New Testament. In Mark 2:15-17, “15 While Jesus was having dinner at Levi’s house, many tax collectors and sinners were eating with him and his disciples, for there were many who followed him. 16 When the teachers of the law who were Pharisees saw him eating with the sinners and tax collectors, they asked his disciples: “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” 17 On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” ” here, Jesus MINGLED with the sinners and tax collectors.

We need to be the one to spread grace on this world, but it seems that we do forget that.  We tend to forget that the hospital is where the sick go, that the bed is where the tired rests. We just want the world to know what is right and that there should be justice, which is not wrong. But our priority is point people to Jesus.

Not all good-intentions are easy. Sometimes, good-intentions needs to be delayed. Words have already hurt people. Let us avoid hurting them more by quoting the bible to get our points across. It has and still is being used by a lot of religious groups.

And last, one of the great philosophers said what I think is one of the cautionary words we should take VERY SERIOUSLY. It is the words of Mahatma Gandhi: “I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.

[ The DELUSION of FILIPINO PRIDE ]

I have been wanting to write this article for a long time now. I’ve been looking forward to have this posted on my blog site.

Charice Pempengko. Arnel Pineda of Journey. APL of Black Eyed Peas. Manny Pacquiao. Lea Salonga. What do these people have in common? They’re all Filipinos. And they have already achieved their dreams. And they’re proud Filipinos.

Reality check. THEY ARE PROUD FILIPINOS. Basically, there’s nothing really wrong here. Except when you say, “I am a PROUD FILIPINO because of these people. “Did I just hear you say, “you’re a proud Filipino because of some other Filipinos?” come on, that didn’t sound right! Most Filipinos claim that they’re PROUD FILIPINO because of an external factor. ESPECIALLY after PacMan wins a fight! It would seem as though that we’re the ones fighting in the ring and not Manny.

There’s really nothing wrong with applauding for Manny or the others, what’s wrong is when one says that he’s proud to be Pinoy because of Manny and the others. Or he’s proud because of what Arnel Pineda, Charice and APL are singing on stage.

PRIDE should be from within. We should say, “I am a proud Filipino because I am a Filipino.” It should be from the inside looking out, not the other way around. Pride should also know when to stop.

I checked Wikipedia and they gave me this meaning for the word DELUSION. “A delusion is a false belief held with absolute conviction despite superior evidence.[1] Unlike hallucinations, delusions are always pathological (the result of an illness or illness process).[1] As a pathology, it is distinct from a belief based on false or incomplete information, dogma, stupidity, poor memory, illusion, or other effects of perception.”

We became delusional and grew up thinking that we are better than the others. Even locally, Tagalogs think the Bisayan speaking people are inferior to them. That everyone who speaks with a strong accent is Bisaya. We are a nation of racists. We hate racism, but we can’t face that fact. We can’t stare in the mirror and say that we need to change. Change our attitude. Be humble.

I am not sure about the Filipino pride but we are also in a society of fixers, corrupt officials, law-breakers, child-abusers, kotong cops, government syndicates, customs robbers, MMDA idiots, immigration scumbags, spoiled priests, and jejemon youth… collectively known as PINOYS.

I don’t want to be called PINOY by the way. I am not PINOY. I AM A FILIPINO. And a proud one at that. Filipinos have lost the true essence of being a proud Filipino. We have lowered ourselves to the negativities around us.

As long as we don’t realize that we have a problem, this country will not move forward. We have to look long in a mirror and see what we have done and what we are doing. We need to stand up and say “tama na. sobra na. palitan na… ang mga kalokohan natin.”

I am still hoping for a better Philippines. For a better Filipino.

[ Sports… ]

Some sports that I have come to love.

The Philippines has always has glamourized basketball and boxing. Yes, the top 2 sports in this country is that 2 sports. I have nothing against these sports though, I feel they’re limiting us to height and so.
Basketball.

You need height in this game. It may not be everything but it is something. I mean, my height is 5’11” but I am still short in comparison to the players in the PBA. I used to play this game but for some unknown reason, I lost the passion within me.

Boxing.

Well, boxing is being dominated right now by non-other than our own, Manny Pacquiao, you know? But for me, this is a one-man show and it is a bit dangerous sport. Then again, kudos!

Now, for the sports that will seem to topple the 2 mentioned:

FOOTBALL.

Yes! FINALLY! I am getting excited for the sport that I have longed for! I watched when GMA interviewed the Younghusbands when they were just new in the country. Nobody noticed them. I then thought, “Good luck guys. Hopefully you can ignite something for this country’s football” and they did. Them and the Azkals did something great, they have shocked Vietnam at the AFC Cup, and now, they’ll battle Kuwait for WORLD CUP Qualifier! WOWOWOWOWOW! I am not expecting the Azkals at the World Cup yet, but who knows?! We will have something to look forward to!

RUGBY.

I have seen a game on TV when I was young. And I said it might not happen here. BUT I WAS WRONG! It did! We have the Philippine Rugby team! How’s that?! And they are winning games. Like the Azkals, the Philippine Volcanoes are composed of Filipino-foreigners. But who cares? I don’t. At least they have Filipino blood, unlike other countries who converts other nationalities just to be their players.

VOLLEYBALL.

I am a big fan of this sport. I myself has been a volleyball player before and I really love the sound of the ball being smashed by players. We have a national team by the way, they’re the Philippine Cobra. Nice name. It has tenacity and power, and quickness. I have always enjoyed watching volleyball tournaments, especially when it’s the women’s volleyball. They have the grace, finesse and power. I have always admired Leila Barros and the collegiate volleyball players in the country. But if you want force, watch the men’s volleyball. They have tenacity, brute force, smashing power and quickness.

DRAGON BOAT RACING

One of the most exciting race i have found and come to adore. yes, they’re FAST and FURIOUS! and THEY’RE ALL FILIPINO! though i have nothing against Fil-Foreigns, like they say, IBA PA RIN ANG PURO! Go TEAM!

These 4 games are just some of the games that has taken my attention by far. And yes, they’re good. But they need the support of the people. They need financial support for trainings, equipment, people. Heart alone will not suffice.

Go and support your teams.