It was about a year ago I started writing. It was mainly to speak up for my friends who were expelled from the Church of Christ for such shallow reasons. They asked questions and shared posts. For those, they were excommunicated. Someone asked me a few posts ago if I still feel the same way from when I started this. Because, to be honest, I never considered myself a “Defender“. I was one who observed “from the edge”. I think I would say NO. Watching and looking at what is happening, I have absolutely changed.
Many of us watched the video of that German brother who was told to spy on his own wife; we watched that young sister who was expelled along with her parents and the minister did not even have the decency to turn around and tell her why; and many of us heard and were in attendance for the Matt Pareja lecture on how EVM’s mother and siblings turned to “the dark side” but later on that very week it was he who was caught by the FBI for illegally carrying tons of cash. And I dug around myself to find all these little mysterious business ventures of the Church. So if you ask me again, I definitely have changed my point of view.
Am I now a full fledged “Defender”? Perhaps not. But I sure am NOT One with EVM’s Thumb! Not while my friends are not reinstated. And it looks like it may be a while because more and more are being kicked out. Worship Services in California are a bit longer than other places because they have to constantly read names of entire families being expelled.
So as we end this year, I want to talk about something different today. I realised that a lot of my posts may have an angry and disappointed tone. Let’s be clear about this: My blog is not about anger nor hate nor division. My message is about HOPE. I want to be hopeful. I want to look forward to a day that the Church will be righted in its course. I wish that someday soon there will be a miracle that will happen and this nightmare will come to an end.
I pray for my friends to return and ka Erdy’s family will be reinstated to their rightful place. I wait for that day when those in the Council will be gone and be replaced by honest ministers who will not be bribed; ministers who do not accept gifts for favours. I pray for Ministers who will have integrity and not be involved in all kinds of underhanded dealings or money making schemes. I ask God to bring back Ministers who just want to visit our homes to see how we are doing, give uplifting advice and pray for our family instead of pushing for more offerings and guests.
I pray for the residents of 36 Tandang Sora. I hope they are all safe and well. As well as they can be. God please help them to keep strong.
I would like to see that humble Church I once saw which was not concerned with breaking World Records and showing how many politicians greet us. I long for that day when the Church is just about inspired lessons blessed with the Spirit and not about how we have to constantly PROVE we are loyal to our human leader. Maybe one day soon our Worship Services will be spiritual again.
I pray for that day when brethren will once again truly love one another instead of being suspicious of each other of being “Defenders”; when we can see each other at the chapel and not wonder if we are being “watched”. I look forward to the day when we are not taught to spy on our own family members but to take care of each other in love.
And I plead to the Father that we could have a leader again who will care for all the Church members. One who would actually talk to those who may have questions; one who is willing to reach out to those who are on the verge of falling; one who would have sincere concern for all brethren.
I believe someday we will see that Church again. It is not far off. I pray that all these things will happen.
Pray for that day to happen. Soon.
“Lord, you have heard what the poor want.
Listen to their prayers, and do what they ask.
Protect the orphans and those who have been hurt.
Don’t let powerful people drive us from our land!”