Knowing the Right and Defending It (from Faith in the Corridors of Power)

Posted: March 6, 2013 in Book Excerpt
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“People may be right in their own eyes, but the Lord examines their heart. The Lord is more pleased when we do what is right and just than when we offer him sacrifices.” Proverbs 21:2-3

It is not enough to know what is right, Dr. Salonga points out. More important is to discern what is right and defending it with all the resources at one’s command. He says that this comes out of a person who has opened the windows of his mind to great thoughts and ennobling ideas. Rather than being confined to the words that he/she reads, the person chooses to make “relentless, rigorous analysis and evaluation of everything he reads because he is less interested in the accumulation of degrees than in the stimulation of his mind and the cultivation of a generous spirit.”

What a challenge in our days when moral values have become opaque because of the permissiveness that commerce, media and technology seem to have spawned. People today think that because a thing is printed or seen on TV or the internet or heard on radio, it is true and right. There appears to be a growing number among the educated who do not think before they act.

When we are unsure of whether our action is right or wrong, pause. Analyze the basis of your doubt. Use your mind to find the cause of the hesitation and let your heart educate you to pursue that which is true, just and loving. Honesty with God and with ourselves will give us the confidence to move forward.

The Bible encourages us to use our mind. A spiritual renewal of our thoughts and attitudes is the fruit of learning from Christ (Ephesians 4:23), unlike those with closed minds, who are so full of darkness that they don’t care what is right or wrong anymore (vv. 18-19)

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ipad_Faith in the CorridorsIn this 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.

If you enjoyed this excerpt from Faith in the Corridors of Power, get the full version in digital format on Amazon and Flipreads. Also available in paperback for P250.

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