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Persecution vs. Christian schools?

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LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… `Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven’…” (Jesus Christ, our God and Savior, in Matthew 7:21, the Holy Bible).

BAD NEWS FROM THE BIBLE: So, some key players in the impeachment and ouster of former Chief Justice Renato Corona do not want to sign waivers to allow an unimpeded investigation into their wealth, their dollar and peso deposits particularly, giving one reason or another? Well, I have bad news for them, from the Holy Bible at that.

In Matthew 7:2, Jesus Christ, our God and Savior, said: “… For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you…” Jesus, in Matthew 7:1, said: “judge not, so you want be judged”. But if anyone judges another, he would also be surely judged according to the measure he used.

IF YOU JUDGED, YOU WILL BE JUDGED, TOO: Others call this the law of “karma”, and still others call it by some other name. But there is no escaping this rule. If you judged others, you too will be judged. It may not come right away, but judgment will also surely come, especially because Jesus has made known of his anger against people who judge because they pretend to be clean, but they are, in reality, very sinful.

In Matthew 7:3, Jesus said: “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”

PERSECUTION VS. CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS? Education Secretary Armin Luistro should call a spade a spade, in relation to his announcement for parents to check the accreditation of their children’s private schools, and admit that what he really meant here are elementary and high schools owned and operated by Christian churches who, for a long time now, are being run according to a special permit issued by a former secretary.

My question is, why be hard on, and appear to be persecuting, these Christian schools, particularly those under the Association of Christian Educators of the Philippines (ASCEP), when they are in fact helping the Department of Education provide countless children from Christian denominations accessible, affordable, and Christian-oriented education, something that has become problematic for the DepEd every opening of school year?

BIBLICAL, CONSTITUTIONAL AND LEGAL BASIS FOR CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS: Yes, the special permit is being considered by Luistro as already expired, in much the same way that it was considered revoked by an education secretary who died later, but then, there is a dispute about this even up to now, especially because the operation of these Christian schools, ASCEP is saying, is actually in accordance with Biblical, Constitutional and statutory bases.

Instead of bearing down on, and making it hard for, Christian schools, DepEd and Luistro should find a way to accredit and thereby enable all of these institutions to educate Filipino children according to the spirit and intent of the special permit granted to them, and according to the need to provide our children with spiritual direction in their studies.

SO WHAT ELSE IS NEW? So Grace Lee and “you-know-who” are no longer dating? Well, “you-know-who” will surely date some other ladies or women again. And I am certain that Grace Lee will move on, date other men and, perhaps, like the lady councilor from Valenzuela City, will marry another guy. In the meantime, many of our countrymen continue to wallow in poverty, continue to have their houses demolished, continue to become slaves abroad. So what else is new?


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BY ATTY. BATAS MAURICIO




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