You know — the one everybody invites to everything and wants to claim as a friend even if the popular one defines “friend” as “someone to destroy later.” Expand this to a country where everybody is a politician and God is represented by the various churches and you have a whole lot of butt kissing going on. Well, probably figuratively…
The Philippines are gearing up for an election and every party claims God is on their side.
religious leaders are endorsing different presidential candidates, Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Emeritus Oscar Cruz said yesterday.
“I am very happy I’m not God because if I were God I would not know what to do. Here is the son of God, my son, endorsing this, and here is the leader I do not know… endorsing this,” Cruz said when asked by reporters to comment on religious leaders giving their blessings to different presidential candidates.
“Me, I am entertained, I do not feel bad about it. I do not really take it seriously. I just think it’s funny that religious leaders will endorse this and this and God must be having a very, very hard time,” he said in a forum in Intramuros, Manila.
Cruz isn’t getting wooed, however. He belongs to the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines and it’s their policy not to get involved in the politics there. He does have some advice for one of the candidates, Senator Manuel Villar:
Cruz also said that Villar should consider using better celebrity endorsers and not those who are known to have affairs like Willie Revillame and comedy king Dolphy
But he also is quoted as saying, “I think they should reach to all five social classes of their audience. If I am the candidate I would target all classes of society,” and to be fair, cheaters are everywhere, poor and rich. It’s probably near impossible to find a popular celebrity who hasn’t dipped his wick in two pots.
I think people want to feel like God gives a damn and everyone who’s running wants their potential voters to think God gives a damn about them specifically. There’ll be a lot of disappointed god-lovers when the final count is tallied since only one of these folks can win. In the end, hopefully voters care more about party platforms than they do about who God supposedly loves best.