”In our lives as Christians, we too must prove our love for truth on His life and His teaching. We must love each other and risk all for the truth, because Christ commands us so; and Christ did no less for us and expect no less from us.”
Even but the above cited short portion of a well publicized Easter Message this year 2009 is so inspiring and impressive that it cannot but uplift the Christian spirit, renew Christian faith and morals. This is because Christ Himself expressly said that He was no less than the truth, no other than the way, nothing else than life. Human history is a good and credible witness that deceit divides people, errancy leads them astray, hatred undermines their living. It is truth that brings forth justice which in truth ushers in peace.
Without knowing any better, it is easy to attribute the above Easter Message as coming from Mother Teresa – or any other Saint in the Church or a much beloved national hero of the Country. Specially addressed to Christians, these are enjoined to love the truth, to love one another, to risk everything for the truth! There is the strong assumption akin to moral certitude that the Message sender is one who lives and stands for the truth, and wherefore identified with honesty, probity and integrity. Furthermore, there is also the marked presumption that the origin of the Message is above suspicion of corruption and deception, and wherefore in command of the respect, admiration and even adulation of those who know its author.
Surprise, surprise! The message came from Malacanang, from the holder of the highest public office in the land, from the Commander-in-Chief. It is very sad but also very correct to say that the latter – in tenure of all illustrious titles inclusive of the Czar of this and that agenda – is not exactly identified with neither the real love for truth nor the genuine love for others. In the spirit of the Easter Season, it might not be in good order to tell the truth – the whole truth and nothing but the truth – about the author of the rather very presumptuous message. This is akin to a false teacher saying do what I say, not what I do.
There is nothing like moral authority – power and influence premised on honest living and upright ruling – that makes someone credible and trustworthy, effective and constructive. In the same vein, somebody identified with vanity and hypocrisy, deception and corruption, loses the moral authority to lead a people, to govern a nation. Is this so hard to understand? Is this not the teaching of elementary logic? Is this not precisely the long experience of this Country?
There is the pitiful probability that the above cited portion of the Easter Message was not written by its alleged author, was not read first by the latter – or was simply not meant at all by same. What a pity! What a joke!
+ OVCruz, DD
April 13, 2009