We’re So Hard To Please

No one can please anyone – that’s one of the hardest facts in life that we have to face. This facet of life is perhaps manifested by almost every people of different walks of life. An overachieving child to his perfectionist parent, wife to her mother-in-law, student to a teacher, a dictator president to the ‘oppressed’, and a democratic president to almost everyone.

Watching the nightly local news is starting to be an eyesore for me. The part that I hate most – the political drama. It gets so tiring watching our “leaders” try to smother each other; trying to pull each other down whenever they see a speck of flaw from the opposing team, and they still do it even during moments of victory.

I know for a fact that every government has its left and right, its black and white, its pro admin and opposition. But at the end of the day, they’re all part of one team; fighting for one country.

Ideally, government officials SHOULD want their position because they’re aiming for the greater good of the country, because they are serving the people of the nation; they’re serving their town, their province, their region, their city, their country. IDEALLY. And since we claim to be a Christian nation and majority of our leaders claim to be Chrisitians let me quote what the Bible says in 1 Peter 4:10 “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others. as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” This passage is not only directed to our leaders but to everyone in general. However if used in the context of leadership, their gift is their political position and therefore they should use it to serve others – to serve the people of the country. Not serve themselves.

And I’m not saying that we’re helping either. We always complain A LOT. And even to the point of petitioning for another impeachment. We were not satisfied with President Marcos, we dethroned him, but what do we get after? Democracy – and as always, freedom has its price. We paid for one man’s life.* We impeached President Estrada, and what did we get? A leader of higher intellect, yet… words just fail me to describe what happened. We always cry impeachment when we’re not satisfied, when we’re not pleased. We had a President who almost matched the value of the US Dollar and we weren’t happy, we had a President who didn’t have impressive educational achievements and we weren’t happy. We had a President whose corruption was so apparent yet tries to get away with it and we weren’t happy. Now, we have a President who’s struggling, one man trying to please everyone, by doing what seems best for the country, and still we’re not happy.

I’m not a fan of the President, but it doesn’t mean that I don’t respect his authority as my President. As it says in Romans 13:1 “Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established.” I trust and believe that he won fair and square that he was appointed in his position for a purpose.

He has impressive days and he’s got bad days. Let me quote Luke 6:42 “How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck on your brother’s eye.” He has flaws and so do we, but the issue here is that he’s got a bigger weight on his shoulder. One country is under his care, we can’t expect one man to change a whole nation bound by tradition, culture, and ‘godfathers’ in a short span of six years, especially if people are unwilling to change.

Someone’s inadequacy is so much easier to see when the world’s watching. It’s so much easier to criticize when it’s not us. It’s so much easier to hate when we didn’t vote for him. To those who didn’t vote for him, I’m sorry but better luck next time, majority of the people just deem him worthy during the last election. To those who voted for him, I hope you’re satisfied. If not, just remember that nobody’s perfect and you placed him there so stop whining.

Democracy Has Its Price, although we have the privilege of choosing who we want. How we choose defines our character and perspective. Who we choose will decide how to use the power bestowed upon him.

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