During her last trip to the United States, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo addressed the Filipino-American community in Chicago assuring them that her government has built a “firewall” to cushion the impact of global recessions in the United States which has also affected world economy for the sake of the millions of Filipinos back home.
“Because tough choices were made, we’ve been able to build a firewall around the Philippines, our economy, that has slowed down and somehow softened the effect on the Philippines of the global crisis,” Presidet Arroyo said.
The president once again defended her administration for the implementation of the extended Value Added Tax which to some has caused much economic difficulties to the detriment of the poor. “You must have heard of the VAT. Its result has been on the one hand more unpopularity for me, but on the other, to save the day for our country now that there is a global economic crisis,” she said.
By the way, the Makati Business Club (MBC) of which some members of which are critical of the Arroyo administration, has cautioned the public of a recession in the early part of 2009.
The Falling the Wall of Jericho.
President Arroyo’s economic firewall has reminded me of the Biblical story on the falling of the wall of Jericho. It is human tendency to build walls that surround him, physically and spiritually, to protect his own personal interest. But at times these walls we build around us separate us from the truth and reality thus they should be demolished. At one time Joshua was commanded by the Lord to destroy the wall of Jericho.
“Then the LORD said to Joshua, “See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands, along with its king and its fighting men. March around the city once with all the armed men. Do this for six days. Have seven priests carry trumpets of rams’ horns in front of the ark. On the seventh day, march around the city seven times, with the priests blowing the trumpets. When you hear them sound a long blast on the trumpets, have all the people give a loud shout; then the wall of the city will collapse and the people will go up, every man straight in.” (Joshua 6: 2-5)
Jericho resolves Israel shall not be its master. It shut itself up, being strongly fortified both by art and nature. Thus were they foolish, and their hearts hardened to their destruction; the miserable case of all that strengthen themselves against the Almighty. God resolves Israel shall be its master, and that quickly. No warlike preparations were to be made. By the uncommon method of besieging the city, the Lord honoured the ark, as the symbol of his presence, and showed that all the victories were from him. The faith and patience of the people were proved and increased. (Jos 6:6-16)
Wherever the ark went, the people attended it. God’s ministers, by the trumpet of the everlasting gospel, which proclaims liberty and victory, must encourage the followers of Christ in their spiritual warfare. As promised deliverances must be expected in God’s way, so they must be expected in his time. At last the people were to shout: they did so, and the walls fell. This was a shout of faith; they believed the walls of Jericho would fall. It was a shout of prayer; they cry toHeaven for help, and help came. (Jos 6:17-27) (Matthew Henry’s Concise BibleCommentary)
The Wall the Destroys Leadership Character
A Christian writer once said, “there are so many good things that God wants to do in your life. He’s got love, peace and meaning that you’ve been looking for maybe your whole life. But there’s this wall. And it’s keeping you from so much God wants to give you.”
Public service is a public trust. According to experts, a lot of political leadership failed due to neglect of duty, lack of transparency in the service, authoritarianism, and corruption. People turn sour to their leaders when they (the leaders) totally ignore people’s clamor for change and honesty in the government. In many instances God has shown to the world that no corrupt leader could forever be in the throne, they have been weeded out by the people or simply face the verdict of the law at a given time. It’s a pity however that there are leaders who are already emboldened to go against the truth because of their desire for power and wealth. This is the wall that dishonest politicians built which day by day is destroying their characters and credibility as a leader of a nation.
“But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you so that he will not hear. (Isaiah 59:2)”