Review Thursday: Can God Be Found in the Corridors of Power (Part 2)

Posted: February 23, 2012 in Review Thursday

Ruben Orteza is the local pastor of The True Vine Christian Reformed Church. He served as OMF Literature’s Marketing Officer for five years, until God recently called him to full-time ministry. He is also taking up Pastoral Studies in Asian Theological Seminary.

This is the second of two parts of an article he wrote about Faith in the Corridors of Power for our Book Encounters column in Evangelicals Today. Check out Part 1 here

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As a whole, reading the book has left me with two things. First, is a deeper appreciation for the authors, both Evelyn Miranda-Feliciano and Dr Jovito Salonga. Feliciano was one of the Philippines’ gifted writers, and it is evident in how she was able to compose each article in this book. Putting together Scripture, life issues and thoughts from Dr Salonga was not an easy task, but the articles in this book read seamlessly. Dr Salonga is an admired statesman, but his reflections here contribute to a more complete picture of the man. His faith and thoughts, together with his experiences, are valuable lessons for all of us, whether in government or outside-looking in.

Second, it is affirmed in this book that God is engaged in these issues in government and politics, as he is in all of life. He gives wisdom through the meditation of his Word, the Bible. He shapes and equips his people to meet life-issues head-on. He gives faith and hope for a broken world, including its government and politics. Sometimes we forget that all of life is meant to be lived under God. Faith in the Corridors of Power reminds us that even in the twisted corridors of power God is there, transforming and guiding his people. This leads us to thanksgiving and worship, hope and perseverance, as we live in faith to a God who is faithful and powerful.

An excerpt from Faith in the Corridors of Power:

Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in your weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

2 Corinthians 12:8-10

It must have been a long, deep struggle for the Apostle Paul to come to this stage of contentment with the “thorn in the flesh” he had been given. What this “thorn in the flesh: was has been a subject of speculation.  It could be malaria, an eye disease, stammering, epilepsy or any physical ailment that was chronic and painful. The church fathers (both Catholic and Protestant Reformers) believed it was a spiritual affliction. Paul was never able to feel he was secure from Satan’s wiles and was subject to temptation of the flesh in their acute forms.

Whatever that weakness was, Paul did not relent to it. Nor did he slink into a corner nursing his irritation and expecting defeat. Instead, he continued to boldly show active faith. This weakness was surely a hindrance and he recognized it. It was there, he would resist it, not by his own puny strength but Christ’s. Now Paul made its presence a reason to boast; God’s immensity through Christ was manifested. Rather than struggle, he became content. In his weakness, Christ became his strength for greater service.

“Being physically crippled is no joke,” Dr. Salonga recalls. Active as he was before the bombing, it was very hard for him to be bedridden and wheelchair-bound while recuperating. “But the greater tragedy,” he reflects “is to be spiritually and morally disabled. Our bones may be shattered, our body may be covered with ugly scars, but as long as we are with Him, what difference does it make where we really are? Whether on the mountaintop of joy, or in the deep valley of pain and despair, may our faith be an active, working faith, so that we may live in larger dimensions of courage and service and compassion.”

Where does our disablement lie? Is it physical? Are we suffering from moral weakness that causes us to be blind to the evil around us? Are we spiritually deaf not to hear the voice of our Savior to help others? Who do we go to for help and strength in our weakness?

We can ask God for help to let our feet and hands, our voices and hearts, minister to others, so that the Gospel we profess may shine in our faces and be seen in our lives.

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Faith in the Corridors of Power is a thought-provoking collection of reflective entries, Evelyn Miranda-Feliciano interacts with Former Senate President Dr Jovito Salonga on the issues of life and faith in the context of Filipino society. The author leads you to take a peek into the mind and heart of this noble statesman who reveals how his relationship with God plays a crucial role in his decision-making as a politician, as an advocate of justice, and as the so-called conscience of the nation.

Faith in the Corridors of Power is available at all OMF Lit Bookshops, PCBS and National Bookstores nationwide.


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  1. […] This is the first of two parts of an article he wrote about Faith in the Corridors of Power for our Book Encounters column in Evangelicals Today. To view Part 2, click here. […]

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