I know the last posting was quite lengthy. I really got carried away thinking about those serious things like businesses, MDC, debts, shell corporations and all those other worldly matters. So let’s just think about happier things this time, shall we? Happy thoughts everyone! That is now the goal of the Church. What would make EVM smile? So, in response to the instruction of making the Executive Minister happy, here are some happy efforts of brethren worldwide…
- Get kids to hold up a sign. Cute
- Get kids to show they are also boycotting ABS-CBN. Very Cute.
(Little Jun-Jun has no idea what Boycott means but that’s ok. He will do it for EVM!)
3. How about CWS kids hold up the sign We are.. you know…
(Someday they will learn to read and know what they were holding up. But for now, at least EVM can smile)
“How about you kids? Wear these shirts or you will find yourself hitchhiking home“, oh wait, sorry, that’s also that sign isn’t it? The Thumb. My mistake.
How about we make a We are One with EVM garden patch in front of the chapel! Yaay!! But get that old outdated INC seal out of the picture will you? This is OUR SEAL now.
Not to be outdone, AAT, the EVM reader himself snatches a sign from a brother and shows “He also HEARTs EVM”
(note to self: Never miss out on scoring the brownie points) Translation: “sip-sip”
Next, how about a “We Heart EVM” on the basketball court? That should put a smile on his face!
But wait! This district says, “We can put a bigger smile on EVM! We will make a BIGGER heart followed by a big Mexican flag and run around the chapel!!” (NOTE: buy those discounted Valentine’s Day hearts after February 14. It comes in handy for these random days of greeting EVM)
But we’re not done yet folks! Far from it. This district does not want to be outdone. “Basketball court? HA! We will use an entire Soccer stadium to make EVM smile!” (Is that Ninoy Aquino’s image? I can’t tell, it’s a bit too high up)
The INC really loves these drones don’t we? Next thing you know, some District will outdo all the others and we look up…
I certainly hope it does not get any worse; it is truly getting out of hand. But how else can we make EVM smile? Think brethren, think! New Jersey had some ideas during last weekend’s Pastoral Visit…
Okay. Are you sure this is not a 6 year old’s birthday party? Is this what makes EVM smile? Let’s see.. we have the big balloons.. Dennis Trillo’s poster..the big top tent… yup, the circus is in town!
“Step right up folks! step right up! The big top is in town!! Hurry Hurry see the greatest show on earth! See the most important man who expelled his own mother and then smile about it… “
Oh wait! One more attempt to make EVM smile.
But I don’t know if it’s worth mentioning. I mean, I’m not even sure what it says but it was from our offerings. I was told it was a plane with a sign. It might’ve said We owe you 14 Shampoo Perm Mess. Sorry, not as good as Hitchhiking Kids.
Alright, enough of the satire. I am just hoping that some would read all this and actually see what is truly happening. Have we gotten to the point that the Church is concerned with pleasing the Administrator and putting a smile on his face? Let’s think for moment…
Does it really make EVM smile when he sees the balloons or giant hearts? Is it pleasing to him when he sees giant images of himself? Does he smile when he sees little kids wearing the Thumb, like they really understand the meaning of it?
Is there are verse in the Bible where the Apostles discussed the Messiah’s smile?
“Hey Peter, let’s put a SMILE on the Lord’s face.”
“I can’t, I’m going fishing”
“How about you Thomas, can you do it?
“Nope. I doubt it.”
Nowhere. Yes, I am being facetious again but I hope you get the point.
These are strange times we are living in. Strange because it is unlike the previous era we got to know. Unlike the time of the earlier Administration. I am not talking about just the silly pictures. But if there is one thing we should notice in all these images – the NAME of the one who established the Church is not even seen. Do not forget: our Lord Jesus Christ. Keep in mind these verses:
“Let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole.“
“Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.“
The name we truly need for salvation is the name of Christ. NOT EVM.
And if there is one whom we should please, it is GOD. Do you think we make God smile with all these things the church is doing? Read on… (Deuteronomy 4)
“Be certain that you do not forget the covenant that the Lord your God made with you. Obey his command not to make yourselves any kind of idol, because the Lord your God is like a flaming fire; he tolerates no rivals.”
“Even when you have been in the land a long time and have children and grandchildren, do not sin by making for yourselves an idol in any form at all. This is evil in the Lord‘s sight, and it will make him angry.
The Bible says it. GOD TOLERATES NO RIVALS
DO NOT MAKE ANY KIND OF IDOL. IN ANY FORM AT ALL
THIS IS EVIL. IT WILL MAKE GOD ANGRY.
And yet, what do we see…
If you can read the words below the thumb, it still says the same thing: One with… you know the rest. How long must this go on before others notice? This is not what we have learned. This is not what we were taught! It is not about making the Administrator smile. It is not about showing how big we can make his image. This Church, from the very start, is about honouring God and Jesus Christ. This is the Church of Christ. Let us get back to it. Please. We want our true Church back. In the way it was meant to be. The way that God would be pleased with us.