Elections – Part 2

The American Elections

Prior to the May 2016 Philippine Presidential Elections, the members of the Church of Christ were bombarded week in and week out regarding the importance of unity inside the church. We were warned and frightened into submission that those who do not unite will essentially suffer the same consequences as the early people of Israel – they were swallowed up by the earth or instantly died.  It was outlined so meticulously to drive the message across – one who does not unite with the Administration and their choice of candidates for the Philippine elections – would go to hell. Heavy decision making isn’t it?

Well the elections came and went and I’m glad to say that no one was swallowed by the earth. (But there was a sinkhole that opened up in America, but I don’t think there were any INC members around.)

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But here we are now October 2016 and I am wondering, as I’m sure that many of you are, what will be the decision of the Church Administration regarding the elections to be held in the United States on November 2016? Will we have the same intense lessons about being united? Will the church members be pressed again that we “vote as one”? We were reminded over and over about how it is important to have that same “mind and same judgment” which equate to agreeing who to vote for, depending on who the Administration has decided, right? So will it be Trump or Clinton?

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However the issue is not that simple. Is the administration worried about losing its tax exemption? If you don’t know what I am referring to, please read my earlier posts entitled Elections. (you can click on the link). I am specifically referring to the “Johnson Amendment”. Here is a portion…

“Johnson amendment” that was enacted in 1954 to prevent charities, churches and other tax-exempt organizations, from participating in political campaign activity. According to section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code, they “cannot participate or intervene in any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office.”

Keep in mind, this present Administration likes to emphasize being One and that there is NO Corruption. So I am eager to see how it will deal with the issue of the Johnson Amendment, staying “Tax Exempt” and abiding by the law of the land.

Remember….

“Let everyone be subject 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, whoever 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 you will be commended.

For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents 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 as a matter of conscience.

This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing.

Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.” Romans 13:1-7

What can  you notice? Even the Administration must submit themselves to the governing authority – that includes paying taxes! NOT going around it by pretending that it is not involved in brethren’s decision in voting. What is that expression? “You can’t have your cake and eat it too.” – – The Administration cannot meddle in the election process in America by telling its members which candidate to vote for and at the same time stay tax exempt. What did Paul say? “If you owe taxes, pay taxes”

If you think I am just trying to stir up trouble, stick around. See how the Church Council decides.

Will they decide on Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton? Either way, they will upset almost 50% of the members. (You’d be surprised at what the brethren are thinking)

AND, in doing so, endanger the status of being a tax-exempt religious organisation?

(Oh and please don’t tell us that our numbers don’t count in America because we are still too small. The Church Leaders have been trumpeting how much the Church has grown world-wide in the last 7 years, now you will say that we are still to small to make a difference??)

OR will they stay quiet and say that the Church of Christ does not meddle in politics? But in doing so, expose all the more the inconsistencies in decision making — after all those lessons on Elections last April and May about VOTING as ONE? Then to stay quiet for the American Elections?!? You cannot have it both ways.

This, my friends, is what they call, a conundrum. Let’s wait and see – maybe the earth will open up this time and swallow up certain individuals and their expensive vehicles. You know who they are.

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8 thoughts on “Elections – Part 2

  1. They have a clever answer for that, which they used here in Canada when some brethren were asking the same question. the answer: “The administration has decided that all brethren in Canada should UNITE to vote for whomever they (the brethren) wishes to vote for”. I’m quite certain you will see the same directive to all other countries except the Phils. In short, we are in unity to disunite in voting. “Magkaisa na magkanya-kanya sa pagboto”.

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    1. I’m not sure if all ministers overseas gave the same instruction during the time of Ka Erdy but ours gave a simple one – “walang pasya” (no decision). When some overseers criticized their fellow officers for instructing their group members to vote whomever they wanted and not telling them instead to abstain from voting (which was his interpretation), the minister corrected him and said, “just relay the instruction exactly as told: walang pasya”. A sister from a California locale even voiced out her frustration to me because she just wanted a clearer instruction whether to vote or not to vote. Personally, it took me a while before I was able to understand this instruction from Ka Erdy. I eventually interpreted it to mean that for the sake of the church, we had to abide by the laws of the country where we reside (as long as they do not restrict us from performing our duties to God especially our worship services). Hence, since there were rumors of some government officials starting to investigate the church for undue interference in the elections (because we used to go through some process of selecting candidates to support), I chose to believe that Ka Erdy arrived at that instruction in the best interest of the church. Please note that there was no hint of doubt as to Ka Erdy’s authority and concern for the church. Brethren were practically begging for more detailed instruction so they could be assured that they were uniting with the administration and the entire church. Ka Erdy did not have to constantly instruct the brethren to submit to his authority. They were the ones who were going out of their way to make sure that they stayed united not because they were forced to do so but because they fully embraced the doctrine of unity which was delicately preserved and wisely implemented by Ka Erdy – their leader who worked hard to earn their respect, love and trust both in words and in deeds.

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  2. Is everyone forgetting that we used to vote as one in the USA? We voted as one for Bush Sr. & we voted as one for Bill Clinton — but after that there was no longer a circular in regards to which candidate to vote for in the US.
    Unfortunately we can no longer ask ka. Erdy why it was stopped.

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    1. Division is of the Devil. Unity is of God. Iglesia ni Cristo is about being ONE or being united. One faith, one mediator, one God. Being one & united is God’s command. Bloc Voting is one practice to show oneness, to show unity, to obey God’s command.
      Just because EVM’s administration have corrupted & defiled this sacred & clean practice it does not make God’s command on UNITY flawed, false or not biblical.
      As for bloc voting not being practiced in other territories. Let us wait till God appoint a pure & righteous administration & replace this current rotten one, by then I’m sure God with the guidance of the Holy Spirit through His righteous administration will have a sensible & well-founded answer for you. Do not let doubts & personal feelings corrode your faith.

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      1. Unity is indeed important in relation to SPIRITUAL UNITY. I welcome you to share any verses in the bible that specifically declares “Unity In Voting For Elected Officials” as a Christian practice we should all adhere to in the Christian Era. Please enlighten us with knowledge we may not be privy to. Otherwise, it is reasonably possible that the Church has long been guilty of adding doctrines and misusing 1st Corinthians 1:10-17 (Unity/Divisions In The Church), therefore, guilty of God’s commandment stated in Revelation 22:18-19 to never add or subtract from His words, therefore will likely suffer the consequences for her actions. Please enlighten us all with more of your knowledge of this matter if you feel there is a mistake in interpretation. We’re all here to learn.

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      2. Good point onewithgodandchrist. After this mess of EVM and his cohorts was exposed, suspicions arose about the true purpose of INC’s bloc voting.

        I’m not that knowledgeable when it comes to the Bible, but why are we really united in voting? Is it still because of the doctrine? Or is it because we just want to get the favor of the politicians and gain power inside the Philippine government?

        No wonder Ka Lowell Menorca and the others chose to leave (and/or stay away from) the Philippines because they knew of the extent of the church’s influence inside the Philippine politics. We also hear news of the church influencing certain people and their positions in some government agencies.

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