Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Wisdom for Nationhood

In this 4-part pulpit series, Reformed pastor Noel Espinosa sets forth several principles for healthy nationhood, as found in the Book of Proverbs.

The first sermon, "Righteousness Exalts A Nation," emphasizes the need for Filipinos to develop good social ethics (integrity, neighborliness, etc.). It also explains that the Christian Church should aspire for a socially upright and liberal society, rather than a Christianized state.

"Do Justice to the Poor" argues that there are two truths that must underly Christians' pursuit social justice: (1) equal dignity of all men as created in the image of God, and (2) social equity for the poor. Pastor Espinosa also deals briefly with the notion of "biased for the poor," which is a theological concept that has gained a foothold in the Filipino churches, particularly the older Protestant denominations.

The third installment entitled "Rule with Wrath and Favor" explores the Biblical prescription for rulers (or in our case, politicians) to balance power with benevolence, and vice-versa.

Finally, "Ruler and People Together" stresses the need for cooperation between political leaders and the people, if the nation is to progress.

Pastor Espinosa makes many excellent points in a very understandable and straightforward way, which makes Wisdom for Nationhood a helpful resource for Filipino Christians.

Where to Get It: You might find the printed version at the Evangelical Outreach (EO) bookstore in Cubao. Otherwise, the MP3 recordings are available at the website of Grace Baptist Church of Los BaƱos.

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