‘Is it possible to live an honest, moral and Christ-centered life in today’s often chaotic world? What is right… what is wrong? Is it okay to compromise?’
I chanced upon this bold question last Sept. 25, 2009, on the cover of a book entitled Evangelizing Presence- Living the moral life today written by our dear sister Nancy, and of all places, at the BCBP national office, while waiting for the other national leaders go to Tagaytay for the NLR, National Leaders Retreat. It convicted me and it struck me because I not only practice my profession as a doctor, but also as a businessman. Is it okay to compromise?
My business is quite unique because there is a close tie-up between me and the national police headquarters in Camp Crame. I can not conduct neuropsychiatric clearances for gun licensing and licensing of security personnel without their accreditation seal. The hitch is not so much at the national headquarters but in the local regional office which makes the recommendation for renewal of my license to operate the NP screening center. I always have to establish a good relationship with the ‘powers that be’. And a good relationship means sometimes you have to compromise. Example: “You can get the bulk of security agencies for a ‘cut’, if you issue neuropsychiatric clearances for gun licensing or permit to carry without the applicant taking any examination.”
1 Cor.4:1 tells us that “We are servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God”. The BCBP vision and mission says: “Bring Christ into the marketplace and Win the marketplace for Christ.” I was only a budding BCBP member then and still learning how to live out my commitment in the BCBP as a servant of Christ. After the Brotherhood Christian Life Program, BCLP, I was like the little man Zacchaeus climbing the sycamore tree, wanting to know more about the man called Jesus. I was hungry for his compassion and mercy, for his love and for his friendship.
One day, I was brought into a desolate and barren state of my life. I found myself at a cross-roads,
having to make a decision as to whether I should stand up for Jesus or not. This turning point in my life happened after having signed my commitment card and making a covenant with my God, your God, our God. A PNP officer approached me and wanted to enter into my business. In other words, if I allowed it, he would get a percentage in return for pressuring security agencies in the region to patronize my center. Was it okay to compromise? For me this was the mother of all corruption.
In my prayer time, I sought the Lord’s help and guidance. I discerned his message “be not afraid”
and “know that I am God.” I needed to hear these words again and again. We have many reasons for being worried, tense, anxious and sometimes depressed but we have only one reason not to be afraid for God is always with us. If He is with us, what is there to fear ?
The officer called for a meeting when I told him I didn’t want him to be a business partner. I did not go to the meeting but instead followed the Lord’s guidance to send a brother BCBP lawyer and his associate to represent me. The result? A resounding triumphant victory for Jesus! The officer backed off and recoiled according to my brother lawyer. (His associate is presently a BCLP participant). A few months later, the officer was transferred to a far-flung Luzon province. God is truly great!
Post script: As we continue to move forward in our walk with Jesus, we shall always encounter many road blocks, potholes and/or detours. But as a seasoned member of the brotherhood…” I am convinced that neither death nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor present things, nor future things nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creatures, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39).