Remember the story of David and Goliath? The giant bully versus the underdog? The strong braggart versus the small and humble servant?
My question is, When did we become Goliath?
There was a time that the Iglesia Ni Cristo was a humble group of people. A small weak church that no one paid any attention to. The members were soft spoken and lowly. But we knew that God would always take care of us and do things for us. And we have grown. Yet, now we hold rallies to pressure the government. We harass and insult government officials, calling them names.
Is this still us?…
I Corinthians 1:28-29
God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him.
And then we are so “proud” that the government “backed down” to our demands?
When did we become the rich that we can boast of our wealth? Now we hold the record for building the biggest Arena?
Why should I fear when evil days come, when wicked deceivers surround me— those who trust in their wealth and boast of their great riches?
What IS the point of the Arena? I heard the answer, “For the glory of God and Christ” Why then is it not even named Iglesia Ni Cristo arena? It is the name of Christ was created by God for His glory.
When did we become the bully?
It is one thing to defend ourselves from persecutors. We always responded with doctrine and prayer. But now, it is the brethren who are the bullies. It is the members who are “hunting the enemies”. It is my fellow members are the ones who “bully” and “harass” anyone who disagrees with our beliefs. I have witnessed INC members online. How do we speak to those of other faiths? How do we speak whenever someone does not agree with the doctrine? How do we act whenever we feel we are persecuted? Whatever happened to following the teaching of Christ? He says…
You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.
I certainly don’t see it online.
When was the turning point that we were about World Records? We announce it when we help those in need??
– Record for most relief packages distributed in 8 hours
– Largest charity work in 24 hours
and many other records…
Remember the teaching of Jesus?
“Watch out! Don’t do your good deeds publicly, to be admired by others, for you will lose the reward from your Father in heaven. When you give to someone in need, don’t do as the hypocrites do—blowing trumpets in the synagogues and streets to call attention to their acts of charity! I tell you the truth, they have received all the reward they will ever get. But when you give to someone in need, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. Give your gifts in private, and your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.”
Somewhere along the way, in the last few years, we have strayed. How many have noticed?
I’m sure one of the ‘big Ministers’ will have a long explanation that these things are done for the glory of the Father. Before you do, kindly explain that last part of the verse where it says, “in private”. And compare that with the Guinness people having to declare with each World Record breaking, that we are “Officially Amazing”.
Just to be clear, the Guinness people don’t randomly just show up saying “Hey! You just broke a world record, did you know that?” NO. They are called, and the whole thing is planned & organized first and carefully calculated beforehand. Why do we “call attention to the acts of charity”? The worldly people call that a “publicity stunt”. We should be above that.
Have we grown so much that we will break every record? Have we grown so much that we can push people around? Have we grown so much that we are now the new Goliath?