By: Fr. Roy Cimagala

“NO man can serve two masters. For either he will hate the one, and love the other, or he will sustain the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.” (Mt 6,24)

That’s quite clear. If we still have some traces of Christian faith left in us, we know that we have to choose God over any other god or idol that may catch our fancy, be it fame, lucre or worldly power.

That’s why as to the current burning question of how to resolve our screaming national scandal of corruption in the high places of our government, there’s only one answer. And that is, that everything boils down to holiness.

Without God, there can never be integrity and honesty, whether in one’s personal affairs or in the different levels of our collective life. Lies, deception, envy will fester when God is marginalized or, worse, ignored.

That’s why, at the moment, what we can do is to pray hard and to appeal to everyone, especially those who are holding public office, that they be truly men and women of God, of prayer and sacrifice, whose desire to serve the people and the common good is undergirded by an abiding pursuit for holiness.

It cannot be any other way. Reliance on our own will to be good and honest would be nice and, in fact, indispensable, but it will never be enough. All of us are weak, in spite of our strengths and assets in other areas. We all have feet of clay.

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