“Platform of Government” – Seeds of Faith – March 28, 2022

As the May election approaches, the campaign is heating up. One of the things that people would like to hear is the platform of government of those who are running.
What can candidate learn from Jesus Christ?
In Luke 4:18 to 19, Jesus set forth His “platform of government.” The verses that He read are from Isaiah 61:1-2. When Jesus read the passage that is about 700 years old, He said that this scripture has been fulfilled.
What are the things that we should see in this passage in relation to the upcoming Philippine election?
First, a candidate must invite the Holy Spirit in his or her life.
Jesus said, “The Spirit of the Lord is on me…” And because the Spirit is with Jesus, He was anointed to the things that God has commanded.
Let us pray that the Holy Spirit will be the lives of our politicians because if not, the sinful human nature will continue to corrupt them.
Second, a candidate must proclaim good news to the poor.
Jesus said that He was anointed “to proclaim good news to the poor.” Jesus fulfilled this.
Our politicians will not just proclaim what is good news to our hearing but must seek to establish systems and structures that could help alleviate the plight of the poor.
Third, a candidate should bring freedom to those who are imprisoned.
Jesus said that He was anointed “to proclaim freedom for the prisoners.” Jesus indeed set the people free from their sins.
Our politicians must check on what are things that imprison the Filipino people, and work towards dismantling those things.
Fourth, a candidate must help people recover from blindness.
Jesus healed those who were blind physically. More importantly, He healed the spiritual blindness of people.
Our politicians should be aware on what makes the Filipino people blind of their past, and their present situation. We must open oir eyes to the reality.
Fifth, a candidate should set the oppressed free.
Jesus is the ultimate liberator. He identified what oppressed people and worked towards their liberation.
Our politicians must not be the oppressor but should bring about reforms that can set people free. The laws of the land should be towards freedom and not oppression.
Sixth, a candidate must proclaim God’s favor.
God’s favor was upon people that Jesus visited. The blessings of God flow to and through people who have Jesus in their lives.
Our candidates should bring God’s blessings to the people.
May God bless us all as we choose our next leaders!
Rev. Francis Neil G. Jalando-on
Director, Office of Communications
Central Philippine University