We all have the right and the freedom to choose our leaders. But our exercise of democracy should NOT be divisive. Here are some reminders to help us maintain the bond of peace.
Being a Christian is more important than being right.
- Check your heart. Before you react/comment/share/post, ask yourself: Am I calm? What is my motive?
- Watch your words. Never use unkind, harsh, and reviling words.
Remember: If you lose your temper, you lose your testimony.
We all have the right to speak our mind, but our right to speak doesn’t give us the right to disrespect others.
- Present your point politely.
- When making a point, focus on the issues and never resort to insulting or mocking someone.
- Refrain from provoking or making fun of others.
Remember: Even if you’re in the right, if your approach is wrong, you are wrong.
Preserving a relationship is more important than winning the argument.
- Listen and try to understand where they’re coming from.
- Focus on your common grounds, not on your differences.
- When the conversation becomes heated, disengage politely.
- If you can’t settle on an agreement, just settle to respect each other’s opinions.
Remember: If you win the argument but lose the relationship, you lose.
Being a Filipino is beyond election day.
- Be a prayerful citizen. Pray for all elected officials, so that they could lead our nation with dignity, integrity, honor, and excellence.
- Be a watchful citizen. Respect all elected officials, but don’t worship them. Keep watch and hold them accountable.
- Be a responsible citizen. Don’t leave the task of governing your life to the government.
- Be a knowledgeable citizen. Know the events that led our country to its present situation and understand the issues plaguing it.
- Be a caring citizen. Serve others in your own ways. Watch out for the poor, the disadvantaged, and the marginalized.
Remember: The success of our nation lies not only on the government, but also on all of us.
Democracy is more than just freedom; it also entails responsibility. It calls on us to speak up and stand up for what is right. Using the right forum and remaining Christians in our approach, let us uphold our freedom and fight for what’s biblical, moral, and factual.