Bible’s guidelines in choosing the next SC Chief Justice PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 28 June 2018 11:07

KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

 

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “…`select capable men from all the people—men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain—and appoint them as officials’…” (Exodus 18:13-21, the Holy Bible, with Jethro and Moses talking with one another).

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A PLEA IN CHOOSING THE NEXT SC CHIEF JUSTICE: Now that President Duterte is given the chance to install his own Chief Justice at the Supreme Court on the basis of the recommendations of the Judicial and Bar Council, I would like to reiterate, once again, a plea I had been making here since time immemorial, here at Kakampi Mo Ang Batas ever since it started seeing print.

We cannot deny that this country had been led by different and differing leaders from the time of its establishment. But, the time has truly come to truly push for men and women who will lead our countrymen on the basis of their being listeners of, and compliant with, the commands of God.

We have had leaders of all shapes and sizes, all kinds of political color and persuasion, but it clearly appears that the nation is eluded by a leader whose thoughts, speech, and behavior are anchored on what God is saying in His Bible. We know that these traits and character are already found in varying degrees among the present crop of candidates for the chief justiceship at the tribunal, but no harm will come upon anyone if we repeat here what we think are appropriate guidelines for installing the new leader of the court.

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THE BIBLE’S GUIDELINES IN CHOOSING THE NEXT SC CHIEF JUSTICE: The question then that President Duterte and the JBC should try to answer is: who are the aspirants who wanted to become the country’s next chief justice who have the fear and love of God in their hearts? The Bible gives clear indications as to who they are.

In Exodus 18:13-21, Moses was given by his father-in-law, Jethro, the guidelines for selecting officials who will rule over others. Jethro said: “… Listen now to me and I will give you some advice, and may God be with you. You must be the people’s representative before God and bring their disputes to him.

“Teach them his decrees and instructions, and show them the way they are to live and how they are to behave.  But select capable men from all the people—men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain—and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens…”

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A MAN WHO HAS THE SPIRIT OF GOD IS WHAT THE COUNTRY NEEDS NOW: In Genesis 41:15-40, one of the sons of Jacob or Israel, Joseph, was brought to the Pharaoh of Egypt to explain the king’s two dreams—first about the seven cows and second about the seven heads of grain. On meeting the king, Joseph immediately clarified that the power to explain the dreams belonged only to God, and explained what the dreams meant—seven years of golden harvest to be followed by seven years of severe famine.

Joseph then explained that what was needed to be done to save Egypt and the surrounding countries from deadly hunger was the installation of a discerning and wise man as a leader of that country. The Pharaoh then asked: “Can we find anyone like this man, one in whom the Spirit of God dwells?” Seeing that Joseph was guided by God, the Pharaoh installed him as Egypt’s second ruler, next only to him, the king.

Finally, in Mark 10:43-44, Jesus Christ, our God and Savior, defined what a godly official should consist of. He said: “…whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant,  and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all…”

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