Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain

BY JOSE MAROMA JR.

I WISH Sen. Manny Pacquiao would exercise restraint and modesty in invoking the name of God in his public pronouncements on public issues.

I have no doubt about his piety or sincerity but I think we believers in a chosen faith should observe prudence in using the Scriptures as a handy tool to convince others to do things right.

There is a proper place and time for religious preachings. A body of one’s peers and superiors assembled in session at the Senate is not one of them.

“I am glad that Senate President Vicente Sotto cut short the interpellations after Senator Pacquiao’s privilege speech endorsing the death penalty bill.

The obviously exasperated Senate head urged his colleagues, “Let’s leave Jesus Christ out of this.”

In the past, when asked about his chances in pre-fight interviews, Senator Pacquiao would often say something like, “God will be with me.” In his losses to Juan Manuel Marquez, Jeff Horn and Floyd Mayweather, I was expecting, but did not hear him say, “It was God’s will that I lose.”

I realize that Senator Pacquiao has gained a deep affinity and spiritual awareness in the company of chosen friends. He has plunged into Bible studies which no doubt have enriched his scriptural knowledge. Well and good, but I think he should not be flaunting it.

A little learning can be a dangerous thing. ([email protected]/PN)

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