An Open Letter to the “Chosen Ones”
By this time you, our dear candidates, must be so elated for you already know by now that you actually clinched the coveted “command vote” of the influential Iglesia ni Cristo. Plus, there are those among you who also got or will get the blessings of the charismatic Mike Velarde of the El Shaddai and the self-proclaimed Son of God, Apollo Quiboloy of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ.
I personally disagree with bloc voting on biblical grounds. I believe that the church like a good parent should teach her children not just what to think but, much more, how to think. I feel that it’s better to teach people how to vote wisely rather than whom to vote. After all, for me, unity is not uniformity.
Yet, I have to respect those who do so for they claim they do it out of conscience in obedience to what they perceive as a command from God. That goes with religious freedom.
Having said that, allow me to remind you that we all know that there is no such a thing as free lunch… or endorsement.
The same goes with the thumbs-up of Mike Velarde who, according to The ManilaTimes, endorsed some senatorial candidates “after getting the assurance that [they] are pro-life. They came to ask for help and Bro. Mike said to them they can only be endorsed if they have a change in conviction. Bro. Mike will not endorse if they are not pro-life.”
Keep in mind that these religious groups are not the only ones who voted for you. You have other constituents also. In fact, when you take your oath, you would swear to serve even those who did not vote for you.
I would appeal that you would do what is indeed right as you go about your duties as a public servant. There are politicians who are always afraid to make the right decisions because they don’t want to risk offending those religious groups that endorsed them. Go for what is right and not for what is popular.
In the end, serve the people. Don’t serve your reelection.
Be like the Lord Jesus Christ, Whom these groups proclaim to be their Master as well, Who came not to be served, but to serve.