As I stumbled upon the bible verse above (Matthew 5:10), I just knew I had to share my reflections on it ASAP.
Throughout the years, I have observed that a great number of people choose to either turn a blind eye on or be passive of the wrongful acts around them, or do the bad stuff others do thinking that it’s okay because “everybody does it”. So, when someone stands up, tries to make a point, and endeavors to effect transformation, he becomes the villain – the “talkative” one who should be silenced.
This bible verse strikes me every time I read it because it reminds me that what I did in the past was the right thing to do and not nonsensical at all.
Fighting for what is right is a path least taken
I have once worked in a government office where some employees are breaking the law and abusing their office. When I and my fiance stood up against them (We were co-workers back then…) to call out such unlawful and unjust acts, majority of our other co-workers discouraged us right from the very beginning.
“Hayaan n’yo na lang.”
Just let them be.
“Ikibit balikad n’yo na lang.”
Just shake it off.
“Matagal nang ganyan ‘yan eh. Hindi na magbabago ‘yan. Hayaan nyo na lang.”
They’ve been (referring to the infractors) like that throughout the years. They won’t change anymore. Just let them be.
“Mag-move on na lang tayo.”
Let’s just move on.
If it wasn’t for our strong will and faith, we could have followed these unsolicited advises.
But we realized otherwise.
The government should be a place where competent workers and people with INTEGRITY are found. It is not a place for scumbags and jerks, taking advantage of public funds and offices for their personal motives and comfort. Hence, we thank the Lord for blessing us with the courage to say “NO”.
People get condemned even by doing the right thing
We knew that by just “letting them be” and “shaking things off”, we would just be acquiescing to the wrongful acts we never intended to be part of.
However, as we fought, we were downgraded and persecuted.
As we advocated for law and justice, we were mocked and even threatened.
The above-mentioned bible verse was the only refuge I and my fiance had during those times. Those times when we have nothing but ourselves, family, and God against our adversaries.
It was difficult and scary at first.
But with God’s loving presence and promise of love and justice, we carried on, even when it meant being persecuted and mocked in the process.
The gift of doing the right thing – even when it’s challenging
Today, through God’s grace, we are now in good hands. We have found a new working environment where every public servant is dedicated, accountable, and worthy of emulation.
After all that had happened, we never lost faith and confidence in the system. Surely, there are still a greater number of government workers who stay true to their oath of uplifting the Philippine civil service.
I share these experiences with you in the hope of making you realize that God actually blesses those who are persecuted and treated badly for doing the right things in life.
We should not be ashamed to do good when everybody else is succumbing to evil.
Neither should we falter to fight for what is right, lawful, or just.
Stand your ground when in the right and you’ll find that God has always been there, standing for you all throughout. And with this, I leave with you one of the phenomenal sayings of Justice Marvic Leonen, an Associate Justice of the Philippine Supreme Court.
Let’s do good as much as we can everyday.
May you all have a blessed week ahead and make righteous choices!