RP, reveling with Justice Sec. Guevarra, PNP Chief Albayalde PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 11 April 2018 11:42

KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… `Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all’…” (Jesus, our God and Savior, in Mark 10:43-44, the Holy Bible).

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RP CAN ONLY REVEL WITH JUSTICE SEC. GUEVARRA, PNP CHIEF ALBAYALDE: Truly admirable were the recent appointments made by President Duterte at the Department of Justice (Secretary Menardo Guevarra) and at the Philippine National Police (Director General Oscar Albayalde). There are no derogatory criticisms against the two, serious or otherwise, and so the country could not help it if they revel in Guevarra’s and Albayalde’s having been given their new positions.

What I would want to see now, and which I would like to bring to the attention of Guevarra and Albayalde even on bended knees, and, perhaps, to the attention likewise of everyone else that the President has installed in different positions in government under his presidency, is their compliance with and obedience to the standards for outstanding officials or leaders which are written in the verses of the Bible.

The first among these standards is this: having the Spirit of God. This is found in Genesis 41:1-40, in the story of the seven-year famine that was to hit Egypt. This famine was prophesied to happen in a series of dreams that came to the king (or pharaoh) of Egypt which, initially, were not understood by everyone except Joseph, one of the 12 sons of Jacob.

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QUALITIES THAT MUST BE DISPLAYED BY LEADERS: After Joseph (the dreamer) clarified what the king’s dreams were all about, he also explained to the Egyptian king what must be done by Egyptians to overcome the famine that was to hit their land for seven long years. Joseph said the king must choose someone who will manage the country—someone who was gifted with discernment and in whom the Spirit of God dwells.

The king took a hard look at Joseph, and saw that there was discernment in him precisely because the Spirit of God was in him. Then and there, the king decided to appoint, as he indeed appointed, Joseph as Egypt’s second ruler, with the primary duty of preparing for the famine. With Joseph at the helm of running the country second only to the king under the guidance of God, Egyptians prevailed against the hunger that hit their country.

On the other hand, the second standard of who is a good leader is shown by Exodus 18:13-23 of the Bible, in the promise that was given to Moses by his father-in-law, Jethro. Jethro saw that Moses was all by his lonesome in settling disputes among the Israelites, and in running the affairs of his countrymen, so he gave his son-in-law what to him were qualities of a good leader.

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FEAR OF GOD, DISTASTE FOR DISHONEST GAIN: The first quality that Exodus 18 mentioned for a good leader to possess is having fear of God. The second is a distaste or disdain for wrongful financial gain or benefit. In my readings of the Bible, I saw what is meant by “fear of God”, and distaste for wrongful financial gain.

In Ecclesiastes 12:13, King Solomon (or the king who had no equal in intellect among the kings before him and even among the kings after him, even up to the present) clarified that the duty of mankind is to fear God and obey all His commands. This simply means it is well for men and women to know the commands of God (through a reading of His Bible), and obey everything written in them.

Jesus prohibited, on the other hand, the accumulation of riches—or the wealth of the world—by any man, because this brings destruction, bringing the wealthy to the hell of fire and worms (Matthew 16:26). Then, 1 Timothy 6:10 clarified, the love of money is the root of all evil, which brings nothing but misfortune.

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FOR QUESTIONS, REACTIONS: If anyone would like to ask me any question about what the burning issues of the  day mean, or what we have discussed here, or to consult on any problem, whatever it maybe, please call 0917 984 24 68, or email me at batasmauricio@yahoo.com, or post your concerns at www.facebook.com/attybatas.  Promise, I will answer right away. Thank God in the Name of Jesus, Amen!