AN INSIGHT TO THE 2013 MID TERM ELECTIONS
“He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk,and not faint.” Isaiah 40:29-31
A great, significant part of the Body of Christ in the Philippines took heed to the prophetic directive to “Contend for our Destiny!” in the 2013 mid-term elections. The Philippines for Jesus Movement (PJM) and the Intercessors for the Philippines (IFP) spearheaded a great army of Christian groups and faith-based organization in joining the Bangon Pilipinas Political Party and the Jesus Is Lord Church (JIL) in the vigorous campaign activities for Bro. Eddie Villanueva, one of the country’s top Christian leaders in his candidacy for a Senate seat. An even greater part of the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ was led to get involved in vision of electing a true servant of God in the Senate in the person of Bro. Eddie. Even traditional denominations who never endorse political candidates broke their tradition by endorsing Bro. Eddie! A long list of Christian churches and denominations joined us in supporting the candidacy of Bro. Eddie like: The National Council of Churches of the Philippines; the United Pentecostal Church; the Pentecostal Missionary Church (Fourthwatch); the Jesus Miracle Crusade; the Seventh Day Adventist Church; Jesus Miracle Crusade; Jesus, Our Shield Ministry and many other nationwide and worldwide ministries united together in endorsing Bro. Eddie with a view to put a righteous, God-fearing man in the halls of Senate. It was a battle for righteousness not only of Bro. Eddie but by all God-fearing Filipinos who believe that only true righteousness that comes from God can exalt this nation and fulfil her God-given destiny in this generation.
The spiritual foundation for this battle was strongly laid. Much prayers, fasting, supplications and intercessions were done spearheaded by IFP. The campaign activities were led by Bangon Pilipinas and the JIL Ministry. Despite of the relative insufficiency of funds for a decent campaign, we all did good with the thousands of churches and church denominations forming the core of the campaign army. It was an intense and vigorous three months of the campaign! Once again, we adopted the “all hands on deck” stance setting aside a solid three months campaigning in every place that we could go and to every person that we could talk to. Amazingly, the unbelievers themselves were the ones telling us that Bro. Eddie is a sure win! This time, he will make it! Our faith and expectation soar to the heavens! Indeed, this is the time! We all went to the polling stations with these ammunitions- our faith, prayers and passion! We all voted and mostly shaded only one senatorial candidate-that is Bro. Eddie. We fed our ballot to this machine called PCOS (Precinct Count Optical Scan) and received the assuring word “Congatulations!” from its display screen. We can hardly wait for the result when the counting began that evening. We anticipated that Bro. Eddie will land in the top five of the so called “magic twelve” among the 33 senate aspirants. Our faith was strong and our expectations were sky high!
It was when the early returns came that a sudden familiar feeling began to creep in! When the first 5,000 votes were transmitted, Bro. Eddie was just in the 19th position in the ranking! We started to feel a painful suspicion that this ominous trend will remain… and to our dismay, it did. Now after 68% of the votes were transmitted, Bro. Eddie’s position remained at the 19th position receiving some 5.5 million votes whereas the top candidates received more than 14 million votes! A feeling of discouragement began to creep in our hearts and minds. Many were asking where did our votes go? Were they really counted? Is this another heinous case of whole sale electronic cheating subverting the will of our people and the Almighty God Himself? Anger and frustration begin to knock at the door of my heart. Before I could open it, I heard the still, small voice of the Lord: “I am in control! I show the greatness of My power when My people are in the least of their strength…” The Lord then led me to Isaiah 40, the whole chapter. I read and meditated upon this great passage when Israel felt that the Lord did not hear their cries and prayers. The Lord powerfully spoke to me that He will turn the works of men (cheating, bribery, manipulations, etc.) like the grass of the field- they will wither away and dry up and be remembered no more… but the word of the Lord (His promises, purposes, our nation’s glorious destiny) will endure forever!
Yes, my brothers and sisters in the CLSF family, the promises of God for our nation and people will come to pass! All the works of wicked men will dry up and fade away. If we continue to wait on the Lord and trust His promises, He shall renew our strength, we shall mount up with wings as eagles, run and not be weary, walk and not faint! His promises to Bro. Eddie will stand, His promises to us will not fail, His glorious destiny for our nation will come to pass!
Also published on Eagle Christian, Issue No. 388 on May 19, 2013