Friday, April 17, 2009

By Gonzalo “Jun” Policarpio


In the Philippines, I heard of certain Christians being converted to Islam, especially among celebrities. But I have been hearing of famous Filipino movie stars and entertainers who have dedicated their talents to give glory to Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Top of the list is singer Gary Valenciano.

When an exceedingly beautiful movie actress and beauty queen named Ruffa Gutierrez stumbled from her Christian faith to marry a Muslim and later return to her Christian Church after a failed marriage, she did the right thing. Such cases always remind us of the story of the Prodigal Son: the door to Christ will always open to those who faithfully knock in order to enter into His heart.

America is founded on Christian values of mercy and justice. But America's door is open only to the true freedom-seekers trying to escape persecution because of their love for liberty. It is close to the fugitives from justice, the kleptocrats, the thieves, and other criminals inasmuch as as Christ's heart is open only to His flock and the lost ones, not to the Devil' disciples.

After the Pilgrims and other European travelers came to America fleeing persecution from their home countries and settled permanently, that marked the foundation of the New World as land of the free. Succeeding waves of refugees and other migrants from other countries followed leading to the establishment of the American colonies and later the United States of America.

So let no so-called “born in America” advocates claim themselves to be real Americans for history will tell where your forefathers came from. They may have been either former slaves from Africa or slave owners from England or just plain refugees from other countries.

As Christianity stands for mercy, equality, and justice so should America and her government be anything less.



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