What do they say about records? Ahh yes, “Records were meant to be broken”. I enjoy watching records being outdone, such as the individual athletes like Usain Bolt or team efforts like the Golden State Warriors outdoing the great Chicago Bulls number of wins in a season. I have nothing against World Records. I wonder though, why the Iglesia Ni Cristo’s leadership is so obsessed with breaking world records. Here we are again, just like the past year of “Record Breaking” for blood pressure taking, give aways, choral groups, reunions, fireworks and on and on.
This time around it is the things like most shoes donated and most ultrasound examinations(?!) and so on. Before I say what I am about to say, let me first say this; during the time the previous Church Administrator, Brother Erano Manalo, there were works of charity done all the time, like for the victims of Mount Pinatubo, which was a huge undertaking. But there were no grand announcements to the world; it was just done. There were probably records broken as in houses built for brethren, but we did not care about the records, because our main concern was to help the people. Others found out about it, of course but we did not call Guinness Records people for it.
Now, as I was saying, before, we did not announce to the universe that we were going to do this and that. Why not? Isn’t this what Jesus Christ said?
“Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.
“So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honoured by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”
So why announce?
The other thing I wanted to say is about the actual Guinness World Records. Nothing against those good people keeping records. But is this the name that the Church wants to be connected with? Does the Administration know why it is called “GUINNESS”? It is the very same Guinness Brewery that is still the record holder as the largest brewer of dark beer or ale. That is why in Great Britain and in many parts of Europe, when one says “I’ll have a Guinness”, they are not referring to breaking a record. It is having a pint of lager or dark ale. Here’s a bit of background:
Historically, it was in 1951, Sir Hugh Beaver, managing director of the GUINNESS BREWERY, went on a shooting party in Ireland where he got into a heated debate over which was the fastest game bird in Europe but there was no way to confirm it. “Figuring that pub-goers would be grateful for a record book that settled debates and bar bets, Beaver created one” (Time.com).
So does the Church which preaches against drunkenness really want to be associated with one of the most known brewers in the world? It was mostly intended for the PUB goers and to settle BAR BETS. Let’s put it in perspective; would the Church members in the Philippines be comfortable with the “San Miguel Book of World Records”? I doubt it.
Another record broken? Cheers mate.