Have you ever wondered out loud what it will take to change a nation? If you probably live in a country where corruption isn’t sucking the lifeblood out of the people’s taxes then, chances are, you won’t probably understand why it matters that much to me, a Filipino.
My Dad tells me that for every P1.00 tax that goes to government coffers, P.30 to P.40 centavos is lost in corruption. Sometimes it can even go as high as P.50 to P.60 centavos. Think about that. I’m thinking how many classrooms can DepEd add for this school year if all of the P1.00 tax was properly remitted to the right channels.
There are days when I wonder what it will take and how God will do it. Is it gonna be a suddenly or a gradual shifting of people and events? That always gets me thinking.
But I can see Him moving in my city (Cebu). His footprints are all over the place. I got home tonight and saw the headline in today’s Sunstar. Whoa, a couple was arrested for “displaying” their own kids and niece in a cybersex website. Thank God. This has been in the heart of our senior pastor for months now and we’ve been praying that God would intervene in the kids’ behalf.
I remember reading a newspaper article in The Freeman in 1918 or 1919 that reported how a father cooked his own child because of famine and hunger (kagutom). I think its the same hunger and poverty that drive parents today to “feed” their kids to the lions in cybersex dens. No different from that father who cooked his kid out of desperation. Still, as our senior pastor would say “poverty is still no excuse for parents to sell their kids.”