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God has a purpose for our nation.
We can understand God’s purpose for our nation
• By reviewing prophetic words given to our nation in the past • By studying our history
– God’s purpose for our nation has been preset – God has been preparing us for this purpose – Our past will show how God has invested in our country
Framework in studying our history Jesus’ parable of the wheat and the weeds (Matt 13:24-30) – When God is at work. the enemy is also at work. . – As we study our history. we should see God’s work in preparing the Philippines for its destiny. – But we should also discern what the enemy has planted to hinder the fulfillment of God’s purpose for our nation.
Overview of our nation’s history • Pre-colonial period • Spanish period 1521-1898 • American period 1898-1946 • Philippine Republic 1946-1972 • 1972 (Martial Law) – to present .
The Pre-Colonial Period .
that they should inhabit the whole earth. and he determined the time set for them and the exact places where they should live” (Acts 17:26) – God created the LAND – God caused the land to be inhabited by PEOPLE – God provided natural RESOURCES in order for the people to live in the land .Pre-Colonial Period “ From one man he made every nation of men.
780 square kilometers • as large as Italy • larger than New Zealand • very much larger than Britain • Rivers and seas all around • A ‘crossroad’ in the migration and trade route .107 islands • Total area of 300.Pre-Colonial Period: The Land • An archipelago made up of 7.
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copper. natural gas. deuterium • minerals for the technological age . silver.Pre-Colonial Period: The Resources • extremely fertile agricultural land with potential of 18 million hectares. silicon. only 1/3 of which is currently cultivated • teeming biodiversity in flora and fauna on land and marine life on sea • inexhaustible sources of energy – oil. uranium .gold.
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Pre-Colonial Period: The People • The land was peopled by a mixture of races. these were not homogeneous in terms of local culture and development • Early Filipinos were greatly influenced (but never conquered) by Asian countries • Early Filipino culture was deeply-rooted .
• Tribes had no intent of expanding their territories or subjugating other peoples.Early Filipino political economy and culture were deeply-rooted • Early Filipinos believed in a Supreme Being. • Women were the equals of men. • Each tribe had a deep sense of consensual democracy. and played a pivotal role in tribal society. .
Manama.Early Filipinos believed in a Supreme Being. • S/he needed someone else to describe it for him/her. • He came by various names—Magbabaya. Kabunian • But he lived in the seventh realm of heaven. . too awesome for early Filipinos to know • The early Filipino was so humble s/he did not dare to describe the Supreme Being. Bathala.
no one ruled. . no one person owned the land.Democracy permeated early Filipino life • Property was communal. a triad consisting of datu. babaylan and panday LED the tribe. • All issues were settled by consensus. • Therefore.
Women were men’s equals • They provided the pickings and horticulture to feed the clan out of God’s bounty. . and vice datu. • This made the babaylan. • Men needed to hunt wild boar and deer only occasionally. epic chanter. but a counselor. historian. not only a healer. often a woman. because vegetation was already bounteous enough for nutrition.
• Visayas and Luzon communities. were helpless against Muslim pirates who raided and kidnapped one or two of theirs for the slave trade. however.Early Filipinos never subjugated others. • God gave them such bounty that they did not go to war to expand their territories or subjugate others. . • Their wars were caused by petty disputes between adjoining tribes.
• They needed a better understanding of their Supreme Being • They had to be united into one nation • They had to be brought into a more “modern” world— • And suffer the consequences for these .Precolonial societies were ripe for the Spanish conquest by 1521.
Spanish Period (1521-1898) .
” • 21 years later. . who later became King. Villalobos reached the islands— And renamed the land “Islas Filipinas” in honor of Crown Prince Philip. • Our land’s name tells our land’s purpose. 1521 — And gave the islands its first name. “The Archipelago of St.Spanish Period: Archipelago Named • Magellan reached our shores on March 17. Lazarus.
The Spaniards stayed 333 years. The development of the Philippines as a nation was therefore greatly influenced by the Spanish colonizers. .Spanish Period (1521-1898) • Spanish colonization laid the groundwork for our nation.
Spain’s effects on us • It stopped Islamization of the islands • It brought Catholicism to our shores • It developed our economy. politics and culture into a feudal one • It unified our tribal societies .
in the peripheries • This gave rise to classes and corruption of datu families .What Spanish colonization did to our indigenous democracy • Colonizers instituted a centralized form of government – Uniting all barangays – Excluding Muslim communities • Datu families were gathered around town centers or pueblos • Peasant families lived in the old barangays.
.The weeds of Spanish colonization • Imposing a system of classes on Philippine society. Spanish colonizers destroyed the indigenous Filipino’s sense of consensual democracy and equality between men and women. • Spanish colonial structures of inequality produced a sense of inferiority and low self-worth among Filipinos. encouraging datu families to plow into public bin.
. • More than a hundred major revolts took place from 1565 to 1872 • Execution of GomBurZa in 1872 served as a catalyst for a nationalist movement • Filipino nationalism reached its peak during the Philippine Revolution of 1896 to 1898.Birth of a nation through revolution • The destruction of democracy incited revolts throughout Spanish rule.
.Birth of a nation through revolution Independence from Spain was declared on June 12. Cavite where for the first time. the Philippine national flag was hoisted and the Philippine national march was played in public. 1898 at Kawit.
flag. the Spanish Period established the Filipino Nation • The nation was defined geographically • The nation was given a name • The nation was born – independence. constitution • A national consciousness was formed .Nevertheless. anthem.
American Period (18981946) .
Arrival of the Americans
• Industrialization led America to wage war against Spain • America’s victory brought out the issue: colonize the Philippines or not? • US decision to colonize the Philippines was legitimized by:
– the decision of Pres. McKinley to colonize the Philippines after seeking the Lord through prayer. – the ratification by the US Senate of the Treaty of Paris
The Filipino-American War
• Pres. McKinley, issuing his benevolent assimilation policy towards Philippines, declared it under Military Control • Filipinos rose up and fought hard in spite of their scanty arms • Before the war ended 200,000 Filipino lives taken.
– 4,000 American soldiers, 20,000 Filipino soldiers, 200,000 Filipino civilians dead
• The Anti-Sedition Law prohibiting display of Philippine flag, among others, was passed .
Campaign for Independence
• Filipinos were defeated but never gave up.
– Some resisted American rule through arms, others through legal means
• In May of 1934, the Tydings-McDuffie or Philippine Independence Law was passed. • This resulted in the granting of independence on July 4, 1946, after World War II.
. • Major improvements were made in transportation and communication facilities. • Public education became a right of all people. • Biblical Christianity was introduced.America’s contribution to the Filipino nation • The Americans trained the Filipinos in the “democratic” form of political governance. • The English language was extensively propagated in the country. • Public health was promoted.
one national government • Establishment of one national government throughout the whole archipelago • Approval of the 1935 Philippine Constitution • Establishment of the Philippine presidency .Another American contribution: One nation.
in becoming avid consumers of American products. learned to despise their own .The American tares • American military conquest & suppressive laws subverted growth of nationalism • Filipino consensual democracy was further subverted with introduction of a large middle class in the cities • Corruption in top rung of government was covered up by existence of this middle class • The public school system induced Filipinos to regard American culture as “superior” • Filipinos.
Japanese times (1942-45) .
esp women and children • But despite their atrocities the Japanese encouraged rediscovery of our culture • We had already won the war when the Americans arrived • But we treated them as heroes anyway .Independence delayed • The War was a horrifying time for Filipinos.
Philippine Republic (1946-1972) .
The question is: were we truly independent during the Philippine Republic? .The Philippine Republic: An independent nation? •The Tydings-McDuffie Law of 1934 granted us independence.
Philippine Republic: An independent nation? Economically • After the war. • The conditions imposed for the rehabilitation and reconstruction fund tied our agricultural economy to the American economy . we were Asia’s most wardevastated country • Economically bankrupt. we begged for financial assistance. .
Philippine Republic: An independent nation? Conditions for US rehabilitation and reconstruction fund : • Amendment of Philippine Constitution to give way to American access to our natural resources • Agreement to the Bell Trade Relations Act: free trade relations for 8 years • Institutionalization of foreign exploitation of our country .
S. giving U. the U.S. had already gained 44 years .Philippine Republic: An independent nation? Militarily – Military Bases Agreement was signed. since the count started in 1966. during Marcos’ time – However. renewable. the right to an unlimited number of bases in the Philippines for 99 years – final agreement reduced number of years to 25.
Philippine Republic: An Independent nation? Politically & Culturally •Government remained under US dictates •People remained poor •Diaspora started •National resources were depleted •Colonial mentality was fostered .
American tares in the Philippine Republic • We developed a love for US products • We had only one target market: the US • American companies were our largest investors • Our elite supported American interests • We aped US foreign policy • We adopted the American dream as our own • We supplanted our bayahihan spirit with individualism .
But Filipino nationalism never really went away • 1930s: Crisanto Evangelista established the Partido Komunista with help from UP students • 1950s: Claro M. Recto campaigned for nationalism • 1960s: anti-US demonstrations increased – Youth took up struggle against one-sided economic relationship with US .
Simultaneously. Revival in Philippine church • 1948-60: 20+ new evangelical missions arrived • 1960s: spiritual revival among students accompanied demos • Nationalism affected the Philippine Churches – Protestant churches moved for autonomy from US mother churches – Catholic clergy revived Filipinization movement – Liberation Theology spread .
Martial Law to Restoration of Democracy (1972-present) .
70% of the population lived below the poverty line CPP-NPA and MNLF forces grew Human rights violations became rampant .Martial Law Years (1972-1986) • • • • • Conjugal dictatorship of the Marcoses was established Crony capitalism spread corruption and politicized military Foreign debt reached $25 billion in 1983.
Corruption Democratized (1986-1992) Reconciliation and the Cory Aquino Administration 1987 Freedom Constitution – Coups. Crises and Calamities Corruption spread to the middle and lower classes – – .Democracy Restored.
political & economic sovereignty lags behind But corruption remains unabated.Democrary Restored (Corruption “Privatized”) (1992-present) The quest for nationhood continues – – EDSA People Power became source of national pride Complete territorial sovereignty was attained. spreading to all sectors and classes – .
1991— the Year of Breakthrough – Philippine Senate rejects the renewal of bases treaty – U. Pinatubo eruption – Split in Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) occurs – Unity among born-again Churches seen – Catholic charismatic communities arise . bases finally dismantled after the Mt.S.
• Aren’t these tares planted by the enemy— • To thwart God’s plan for the nation? • Isn’t it our duty to bind these tares and burn them? .Corruption and lawlessness on the rise • This is how we can describe our situation today.
Our Journey Towards National Transformation (PART II) .
Love of Country: The main quality of a Filipino Christian • Without a deep love for our country. every hindrance and every opposing force to the fulfillment of God’s purpose for our nation. . • Love of country will cause us to overcome every obstacle. we cannot serve God’s purpose for our nation.
skills. • Willingly giving ourselves—our very lives—for this generation and for the next generation. not only our own: sharing our resources.” (1 John 3:16). . abilities and talents for the good of the Filipino people. • Looking after the interests of others. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.Love of Country: The main quality of a Filipino Christian “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us.
asked the people to remove it themselves In the same way. though supernaturally capable of removing the burial clothes.Partnership between God and the Filipino people Jesus and the Raising up of Lazarus (John 11:38-44) • Jesus. God is asking us to actively participate in the miracle He will do for our country– that of raising up the “Archipelago de San Lazaro” . though supernaturally capable of moving the stone. asked the people to move it • Jesus.
Will it be destruction or deliverance? Will it be judgement or mercy? The nation hangs in a precarious balance.The Urgency of the Situation: “ The nation today is facing a critical crossroad towards its destiny.” IFP Philippine Prayer Alert October-November 2003 .
Generating a National Movement for Righteousness and Transformation (N-MRT) The movement that we want to generate is a National Movement for Righteousness and Transformation (N-MRT) .
. • It has to be a force meant to goad the population towards righteousness in the eyes of God. • It will impel Philippine society towards social transformation for the fulfillment of God’s purposes for the nation.Character of the N-MRT • It has to be nationwide.
. cutting through the moral and spiritual congestion that besets the land.Character of the N-MRT It is the National MRT. providing spiritual transport for God’s plan for the Filipino nation. traversing the nation.
Our Clarion Call “Righteousness exalts a nation. but sin is a DISGRACE to any people.” Prov 14:34 .
that is the world’s paradigm for God-centered and pro- .Our Vision To fulfill God’s purposes for the nation— A nation. united as one in righteousness.
To birth the purposes of God for this nation II.Our Mission I.To build the nation in righteousness III. To send the nation as a Light to the world .
Action in Prayer .Our Two-Fold Strategy: Prayer in Action.
.Our Movement The force at the core moving our cause forward is Jesus Christ.
We rely on the Body of Christ. .Our Movement The embodiment of Jesus Christ’s purposes on earth is the Body of Christ. to be the core of The National Movement for Righteousness and Transformation (N-MRT).
It will. .Our Movement The Coalition of Christian Forces will represent the force at the core moving our cause forward. however. aim to draw into its locus all righteous forces in the land. thereby pooling the resources of the best in the population towards the spiritual battle against evils stalking the land.
Coalition of Christian Forces Other Righteous Groups The Entire Filipino Nation .
Thank you and God bless us all! .
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