“I in turn will laugh when disaster strikes you;
I will mock when calamity overtakes you—
when calamity overtakes you like a storm,
when disaster sweeps over you like a whirlwind,
when distress and trouble overwhelm you.
“Then they will call to me but I will not answer;
they will look for me but will not find me,”
By now many of you have read on Facebook the disaster in Zambia Africa where 8 people died and dozens injured because of the Iglesia Ni Cristo’s “Aid to Humanity”. That’s right, the very same one we were pressed to give our offering a few weeks ago. This is the same event I wrote about the other week Love Thy Neighbour.
Why the DISASTER? There are many answers to this question.
- It is not the will of God to have this event.
- It was not really the love to help mankind but a thinly veiled attempt to make the INC known around the world, Well, now you have it – the Church is being talked about all over the world. (So now not even one Church spokesman wants to say anything)
- This shows lack of foresight. You don’t think there will be a problem of inviting 30,000 people with less than 30 people who will give out the food?
- The General Auditor has his paw prints all over this. They did not comply with the Government regulations. That is so him. He could get away with that in the Philippines but not outside.
- It was a lie to begin with that we “now have THOUSANDS of brethren” there. Where were the thousands of brethren assisting in this “Aid”?
- The deception is being exposed for what it is. Millions of dollars were donated by brethren and all the Church gave out were 10kgs of millie meal and beans per person. Really? Where’s the rest, JS?
So much I want to say on this topic – I am so furious, embarrassed and saddened by this disaster. But what is truly sad is the Church’s name is now dragged into more and more shame. Do you notice anything these days? The news is not about a church member doing drugs or committing robbery – it involves the Church leadership. Never in the history of the Iglesia Ni Cristo in these last day has this happened. Quoting the infamous General Auditor Glicerio “JS” Santos Jr., “ngayon lang” – only now.
So now what? Will Eagle News and Net25 show once again the “real” story? The Administration, with all its influence on the police, media and government can’t cover this up – it’s worldwide!
- Will there be reparations for the families of the deceased and the injured?
- Will this be spun into “fake news”?
- Will they also blame this on EVM’s mother, Sister Tenny Manalo and her children?
- What’s next? Aid to Humanity in the next continent? South America isn’t it?
- You don’t think this will happen in Brazil? Prey on more impoverished people, JS? Try to find more people to be on his eco-farming?
Speaking of which, where is JS now? Definitely NOT in Africa. Leaving the mess for the lowly ministers to clean up. This is what the Administration wanted isn’t it? Exposure? Be known throughout the world? Here you go – now you have it – New York Times… Washington Post…BBC… be careful what you ask for…
The former Executive Minister, Brother Eraño Manalo was not a fool. He was filled with profound wisdom – wisdom from God. Didn’t he think of these “grand” ways of “propagation”? He knew there were ways how to do things like propagation of the gospel. But why did he avoid such disasters? He did not do things for show nor for world records nor for fame and glory. He did not want to use FOOD as “BAIT or LURE” for people to come and listen because Brother Eraño always remembered Christ’s words: “Jesus answered them and said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw the signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled.” He simply taught us to share our faith, without the glitz and hoopla. He was a humble and wise man. He taught us to simply follow what the Samaritan woman did – “come, see this man…”. That shows faith in God, not in what man can do.
My condolences to the families of the bereaved. There will be no “Parade of Victory” here. Just a parade for the dead.
Let me end this with God’s words to sons who should listen to the wisdom of their parents…
“5 Even the wise could become wiser by listening to these proverbs. They will gain understanding and learn to solve difficult problems.
6 These sayings will help you understand proverbs, stories with hidden meanings, words of the wise, and other difficult sayings.
7 Knowledge begins with fear and respect for the Lord, but stubborn fools hate wisdom and refuse to learn.
8 My son, listen to your father when he corrects you, and don’t ignore what your mother teaches you.
9 What you learn from your parents will bring you honor and respect, like a crown or a gold medal.”