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Part VII of an “EDEN America” series
While studying theology in Catholic colleges, I have argued that Jesus Christ and his stepfather, St. Joseph, were both called “Jewish carpenters.” But Jesus, the Redeemer, never said in his preaching that “the Jews were selected by his biological dad, God the Father, as his ‘Chosen People’.” And Jesus never said either that God the Father signed a covenant with the Jewish people. It was the Jews themselves that proclaimed — starting from the era of ancient Israel — that they were “God’s chosen people.”
If the Jews had the right to call themselves “God’s chosen people,” why can’t modern Filipinos describe themselves as “God’s chosen people for the 22nd century?”
Filipinos have been doing what some Jewish prophets have prophesied. Filipinos also did (and continue to do) what Jesus Christ performed as miracles in his short 33 years on Planet Earth. Like healing the sick, making the blind see, enabling the lame to walk and the deaf-mute to hear and talk. Yes, tens of thousands of Filipino physicians, as aided by nurses from the Philippines and Overseas-Filipino communities, have been doing the same “miracles” through the wonders of modern medicine.
From Dapitan (Zamboanga) to Hong Kong, Dr.Jose P. Rizal, the Filipinos’ foremost national hero, saved the sights of his many patients in the late 1800s. He established a medical clinic and, thus, became the first Overseas-Filipino worker (OFW) as an eye doctor-surgeon.
Here are other historical proofs that some of the ancient people did what the Jewish prophets said.
Remember the words of Isaiah the prophet? “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. Every valley shall be filled, every mountain and hill shall be brought low, the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways shall be made smooth.” (Luke 3:4-5.) The Igorot people of Northern Luzon — in the now provinces called the BIBAK (Benguet, Ifugao, Banaue, Apayao, and Kalinga) — turned some of their mountains into rice terraces several centuries before the birth of Jesus Christ.
“…Dr.Jose P. Rizal, the Filipinos’ foremost national hero, saved the sights of his many patients in the late 1800s. He established a medical clinic and, thus, became the first Overseas-Filipino worker (OFW) as an eye doctor-surgeon.”
If only then-Civil Governor-General William Howard Taft persuaded his government to resettle nearly all the Igorot people in California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, New Mexico, and Colorado. Then there would have been few forest fires that now torment Americans in this age of Global Warming. And they would have turned nearly all the barren mountains in the American West into terraces to grow rice and other crops and fruit trees. Mr. Taft could have been the American version of prophet Isaiah, aside from being the only American to have been the POTUS and Chief Justice of the SCOTUS. Also, the equivalent of Roman Governor named Pontius Pilate as the American civil governor of the Philippine Islands, America’s first colony.
Remember the first recorded miracle that Jesus Christ did at a wedding in Cana? Jesus Christ turned water into wine. Well, nearly 1.5-millennia later, Filipino-Indio settlers in Mexico turned coconut water and palm sap into what Mexicans later called vino de coco.
Especially for a modern world facing hunger due to climate change, Filipino quail raisers that number more than 50,000 can duplicate what Almighty God gave to Moses and his fellow Israelites, who were all hungry. At the same time, they walked in the barren Sinai desert to the Promised Land. God gave them many quails, which were easier to catch and cook than chicken, turkeys, deer, or cattle. This columnist belongs to a Facebook Group called the Quail Raisers Philippines with more than 29,200 members.
“… I wrote that President Biden should field the SWATT in the American-Mexican border to grow a natural wall composed of BAMOS (Bamboo, Abaca, Moringa, and Other Species). These would deter illegal migration and address climate change, homelessness, illegal-drug dependency, and even plastic recycling (along with bamboo and abaca).”
I suggested to the Democratic National Committee and the then-presidential nominee Joe Biden to invite OFW and Overseas Filipinos to come and help America; they are all in the American states. All the continents, too — as an Overseas-Filipino Melting Pot, as described in an earlier series in this Philippine Daily Mirror (PDM). And spearhead the forming of what this columnist has coined, the SWATT teams. SWATT is the acronym of Social Workers, Agriculturists, Technicians, and Technocrats. For instance, they would field the SWATT teams to rescue and save hundreds of farms seized by banks and lenders in the Red States after the owner-farmer committed suicide.
And also a suggestion to then-president-elect Biden to adopt a Biden Back-to-Basic Doctrine — published in the PDM. I wrote that President Biden should field the SWATT in the American-Mexican border to grow a natural wall composed of BAMOS (Bamboo, Abaca, Moringa, and Other Species). These would deter illegal migration and address climate change, homelessness, illegal-drug dependency, and even plastic recycling (along with bamboo and abaca). They can turn these into housing components like plywood, wallboards, environmentally safe packaging materials, and plastic as paving materials for streets.
The SWATT idea can start turning millions of OFWs and American workers of Filipino descent into God’s and the American god’s (lower case) “Chosen People.” They would make American deserts and barren mountains bloom with trees like the suggested BAMOS, other vegetation like the dragon-fruit shrub (cactus). And also teem with wildlife, such as quails amid planted herbs and natural medicinal plants,
There are other chores that the SWATT teams can do. Like, operate a small modern clinic in every rural town in North America to start universal healthcare. Like, build commuter trains and other infrastructures — all created on Public-and-Private Partnerships — to connect Rustic America to Suburbia and make them the biblical equivalents of “shining cities upon hills.”
All these published suggestions — as ventilated in the PDM — would need the technology of other countries. Like, piped-in irrigation and other agricultural innovations. Technocrats of modern Israel developed these for their deserts; they now bloom with oranges (and even mangoes on the shores of the Dead Sea.)
When this happens, God’s chosen people of ancient times will also assist self-proclaimed God’s new chosen people for the 22nd century in their task of making the world (or at least in some 100 countries) a little better refuge for billions of people. Such as the starving and suffering and often homeless.