Church schools’ students: better than counterparts PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 20 February 2017 12:59

KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, `This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased’…” (Matthew 3:16-17, the Holy Bible).

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BAPTISM OF JESUS A PRODUCT OF DIVINE WILL: The baptism of Jesus at the Jordan River showed it was a product of divine will, to show that Jesus was no ordinary believer, and was not in fact an ordinary man undergoing baptism. That baptism demonstrated who He really was—God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

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CHRISTIAN CHURCH SCHOOLS: HONING CHILDREN BETTER: The “Visayas Regions United ASCEP (Association of Christian Educators of the Philippines Conference” on February 17, 2017 in Bacolod City highlighted what Christian church schools have been fighting for all along, ever since the government since the early 1990s granted them permits to operate: their students are honed not only in academics, which is a regular fare for any other public or private school, but more so on spirituality.

As I arrived at the Gospel Baptist Church in Mandalagan, Bacolod City for the Conference in my capacity as the general counsel of United ASCEP, I was pleasantly surprised to find school children studying at the Church trooping to me and the other visitors and taking our hands in the traditional Filipino way of showing respect and welcome for older people.

Taking the hand of elders among young Filipino children, especially those still studying, has become totally extinct nowadays, more so because parents and school teachers are no longer requiring such a display of deference from the young. I was glad that among the students of Christian church schools, especially in Bacolod City, this is still being observed.

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CHURCH SCHOOL STUDENTS BETTER THAN COUNTERPARTS: Then, during the Conference, which saw the expression of support for United ASCEP’s fight from Bacolod City Rep. Greg Gasataya and City Administrator Moises Dela Cruz (who pitched in for Mayor Evelio “Bing” Leonardia) against orders from the Department of Education (DepEd) to close all Church schools, school children showed their talent in playing the violin and other musical instruments, as well as in speaking publicly about spiritual values.

The video and still photos of the children’s superb performances can be accessed at www.facebook.com/attybatas. Indeed, while I am trying very hard to avoid making comparisons at this point, I cannot help but say that school children belonging to Christian church schools demonstrate far greater sensibility to developing their talents and far greater ability to understand what is being taught them.

I apologize if I appear patronizing here, but then, I observed that school children studying at Christian church schools exhibit more restraint, more respect, and more circumspection, compared to other school children from public and private schools, especially those who are no longer being taught good manners and right conduct. Unfortunately, however, it is these church schools that the DepEd wants to close!

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UNITY OF GOD’S THREE MANIFESTATIONS: After Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist at the Jordan River, as narrated in Matthew 13:16-17, He went up out of the water, and heaven was opened. Jesus then saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on Him. At that point, a voice was heard which Bible translations said went like this: “This is my Son whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”

This, to me, signifies that Jesus is indeed the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—the translation notwithstanding. The opening of heaven, the descent of the Spirit of God upon Jesus, and the declaration of who Jesus was, all point to the fact that  there is a unity of the three manifestations of God in just one God. Thank God in the Name of Jesus!

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