The SC decision affirming the removal of Ma. Lourdes Sereno as SC Chief Justice is indeed a devastating news for Sereno.
A fellow Christian Francis Abraham consoled ex-CJ Lourdes Sereno with bible passages in an open letter, as a gesture of sympathy for a fellow Christian going through rough and tumultuous times.
In the letter, Abraham tells Sereno that he is happy with the news of her ouster. Because from the perspective of Christian, Sereno has been saved by Jesus.
Abraham remarked that as a true christian, Sereno should submit to the will of the governing authorities and cited Romans 13:1-7 for her reference.
Please read the full text of the open letter below.
Dear Former Chief Justice Sereno,
We are both full bible Christians and I am indeed happy that you have been saved as we both believe in Jesus Christ as our ONLY Lord and Saviour, and have accepted Him into our lives. Being a true christian, you must also believe in the bible as the only source of authority and as the book itself says, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,” (2 Timothy 3:16″).
I saw you deliver your speech yesterday after the Supreme Court ruled on your motion for reconsideration and upheld, with finality, Atty Jose Calida’s Quo Warranto petition against you. (Joe Calida, also happens to be a born again Christian). I must say that the speech, which appeared to have been prepared even before the SC decision, is a scathing attack on the Supreme Court itself, the very institution whose judicial independence you have consistently claimed to protect. Why so? Is it because they have decided against you? I suggest that you must accept the decision of the SC, in the same way Corona accepted the decision of congress; with humility and grace.
You have also openly attacked, as you did yesterday, the current administration on various issues. Sakur was right when he said that you were sounding more like a politician and a staunch critic of the president than a Supreme Court Justice. Furthermore, as Sakur pointed out that no supreme court justice in Europe or the US would issue the kind of press statements the way you did.
But then again, those words have been uttered, and we can’t do anything about it. Let’s talk about the future as a “Servant Leader”, the way you model yourself to be in the image of our Lord Jesus Christ. You did describe yourself as such.
While it is quite unfortunate that you have been removed by your fellow supreme court judges via the quo warranto, I sincerely also believe that God had good plans for all of us who believe in him, you included. I do wish you blessings and grace too!
To guide you in your future endeavors, and also as a way of rebuke and teaching, I am leaving you with this passage from the bible, the word of God that we both cherish. This is for ALL other Christians as well. It was written for the Christians in Rome by Paul. While it is addressed to them, it is most meaningful to us Filipino christians today. It leaves little or no room for interpretation, and needs no collegial body or dean, or pastor, priest or pope to do so.
Romans 13:1-7, “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and he will commend you. For he is God’s servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing. He is God’s servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also because of conscience.”
Your fellow believer,