Yesterday, going to the Metro Manila Staff meeting at the Every Nation Building at the Fort, my wife and I were stopped by an MMDA (Metropolitan Manila Development Authority) traffic enforcer just I was about to turn right at EDSA from a small street near Boni Avenue (Mandaluyong).
And the first thing I realized when the traffic enforcer stopped me was, “Oh no! I forgot to register my car last month!” Yup, the enforcer got me, bingo! (By the way, my car’s plate number ends at 3, and I was supposed to have it registered last March.)
I offered no excuses, I showed to him my car documents, and he charged me with the violation that I deserved.
The favor though I got was, instead of having my car impounded on the spot, the traffic enforcer said he’d just confiscate my driver’s license and I’ll just have to pick it up and pay the fine at the MMDA’s main office in Guadalupe, Makati.
Favorable enough. I got my license back this afternoon (April 2) after waiting for nearly 45 minutes because of a flawed system within the office.
Nevertheless, while inside the MMDA Annex (where hundreds of normal drivers like me are claiming their driver’s license or making certain appeals for having their plate numbers confiscated for violation), I declared a prayer of blessing to the MMDA as I was on my way there.
It’s hard to deal with the government these days, especially with the corruption that has been prevalent everywhere. But as I recall today’s experience at the MMDA, I was reminded of Proverbs 14:34, which states, “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to the people.”
We regularly hear news of corruption, lawlessness, etc. in every sphere of our society. However, the things we see, hear and experience isn’t going to be for life, if we come to think again of the verse.
As Filipinos (and as Christians), we are in a position to pray for our nation, declare God’s righteousness over our government and serve as good examples as citizens of this country.
We can see change in our nation! The answer isn’t good government. It isn’t good leadership (though it’s also important). But the answer lies in our faith in God as we pray.
Instead of cursing our government and nation, why not say a prayer of blessing? Our “tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit” (Proverbs 18:21).
A righteous Philippines is on the rise in the future. You and I have a great role to play.