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The Marawi Siege was a form of pun­ish­ment by God to the res­i­dents of Marawi” – Re­ally now? Scrolling through the In­ter­net and some so­cial me­dia web­sites about up­dates on the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of Marawi City, there were posts that state that the “Marawi Siege will hap­pen again if the peo­ple con­tinue to sin.”

A year be­fore, many posts also jus­ti­fied the com­ing of the Siege be­cause the peo­ple of Marawi had be­come ‘evil’.

Well, it’s not that I don’t be­lieve in bib­li­cal texts, but then, are we to brand those af­flicted by the war as ‘sin­ners’ who get what they de­serve?

So what hap­pened then to those who had ob­tained dirty money who are still liv­ing care­free lives in some other house in Marawi or in an­other city even af­ter one of their houses was rid­den with bul­lets in the city’s most af­fected area?

Why are some of those who con­tinue to work hard to sur­vive still putting up with liv­ing in tents, cramped up evac­u­a­tion cen­ters, or tran­si­tory shel­ters with no more home to call their own?

What hap­pened to those who were al­ready poor and were earn­ing small but hon­est money even be­fore the Siege? Were they sub­jected to the ‘wrath’ too? These self-right­eous state­ments harm those who are try­ing hard to sur­vive af­ter the war; those who would pre­fer to stay in tents than rob a house for quick relief or fast cash.

Fur­ther­more, mes­sages like these may ham­per the sym­pa­thy needed by the IDPs and pos­si­ble sup­port that may come to them. Noth­ing good will come out of these con­demn­ing state­ments.

You do not en­cour­age peo­ple to seek God’s help, you tell them to be afraid.

I do not be­lieve in a god who be­lieves that mak­ing peo­ple suf­fer is a way for the mor­tals to re­pent and turn to him. Rather, I be­lieve in a God who is mer­ci­ful, who does ev­ery­thing for a rea­son for the bet­ter­ment of His peo­ple.

I be­lieve in a God who is close to those who are bro­ken, wounded, and are suf­fer­ing.

I only be­lieve in a God who will make all things new and beau­ti­ful in His time.

If any­thing else, the Siege may have hap­pened be­cause of the lack­ing on man’s con­science. It was be­cause some par­ties were fed up, while some were not taught how to be good and how to act ap­pro­pri­ately.

In the end, it may all have hap­pened be­cause of the works of an­other man, not God’s.

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