Marcos. Aquino. Ramos. Estrada. Arroyo. Aquino.

Corruption. Corruption. Corruption. Corruption. Corruption. Corruption.

Somewhere along the way, sometime ago, someone quipped: In the Philippines, the more things change, the more they stay the same.

2 Corinthians 5:17 tells us that, … if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! It is not difficult to tell whether someone is moving away from God or toward God. Certainly, this was clearly demonstrated in the life of Paul. He was, in the beginning of his ministry to the Gentiles, referred to by Christian believers as the man who formerly persecuted us but is now preaching the faith he once tried to destroy (1:23).

Christianity is about change. Real change. Permanent change. True believers in Jesus Christ keep moving toward God. And because of such movement, they become to others a peculiar people. So much so that both non-believers and false believers distance themselves from them.

Filipinos should stop referring to the Philippines as a Christian nation. Filipinos may profess Christ as God and Savior but do they know Him? Do they obey His commands? Do they practice what He taught? Or do they practice lawlessness?

If closely observed, Filipino religious practices and how their faith is applied to real life – to their political-social-economic life – give them away. There is no mistaking that the truth Filipinos live by is anything but what Christ is all about and what He represents.

In Matthew 7:21-23, Jesus said, Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; Depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’

Clearly, if Filipinos really want a meaningful change – change that remain – they need to start moving toward God. It is time to turn away from wicked ways and make that U-turn. It is time to repent and live for God. It is time to be law abiding citizens. It is time to be observed as true believers in Jesus Christ.

Simply doing away with pork barrel is not gonna cut it!