Subscriber’s Question regarding the Iglesia ni Cristo’s Bloc Voting:
I have been subscribing articles from your blog for a quite a long time already. I admit that I love reading your journals and articles.
I also learned that you are an Iglesia ni Cristo (Iglesia ni Kristo) member. I want to ask something about Bloc Voting:
(1) The 2010 National and Local election will be held this May 10, 2010. Would you vote as one along with the other members of the Iglesia ni Cristo the candidates whom your leaders decided to vote?
(2) Isn’t it true that the bloc voting of the Iglesia ni Cristo means suppression of freedom of choice?
My Answer on the Bloc Voting Questions:
First, I want to thank you for subscribing my blog’s feed. And thank you also for asking me these questions. Here’s my asnwer:
1. Would you participate in the Bloc Voting of the Iglesia Ni Cristo this May 10, 2010 election?
Of course, Yes! I will definitely vote for the candidates that the Iglesia ni Cristo will vote. I am a true member of the church and I will respect and follow the unity in voting because unity in the church is one of its doctrines.
Why? Are you afraid of the discipline imposed by the authorities of the Iglesia ni Cristo if you’ll not vote in bloc with the other members of the church?
Bloc Voting of the Iglesia ni Cristo is just one of the ways (there are lots of ways but it’s one of the ways) that show the unity of the Iglesia ni Cristo. I will vote this May 2010 election the candidates that the Iglesia ni Cristo will vote not because I am afraid of the discipline imposed by the church, but because I accepted the doctrine about the unity inside the church, including the unity in judgment even in voting during election, and I understand that the unity inside the church is one of the teachings of Christ.
2) Isn’t the Bloc Voting a suppression of freedom of choice?
We, who accepted and understand the doctrine of the church on the unity inside the church, do not consider it a suppression on freedom of choice because in the first place, we exercise our freedom of choice by voting the candidates that we wanted to vote. And these candidates, of course, are the candidates that the Iglesia ni Cristo will vote.
Are you forced to vote in bloc?
No! Just like what I said already, I did this and will be doing this NOT because I was forced to do this, but because I love to do this and I am happy doing this.
Are you not afraid if your leaders will decide to vote those who are corrupt candidates?
Actually, I haven’t seen even one politician who are not corrupt. They’re doing corruptions in different ways. And all those candidates who run for the government positions have their own personal interests. Some of them simply want to make more money, while others need power for them to make more and more money.
Do you think they would run for the position in the government if there’s nothing (no money and no power) that they could get from the government?
Just imagine how many millions if not billions of money these candidates for President are spending for their political campaigns. And tell me who among these candidates are not planning to get or earn back their expenses after winning the election?
But at least, the Iglesia ni Cristo will vote the candidates who respect and will respect the “freedom of religion“, the “separation of the church and the state” and who (the authorities of the church believe) will care for nations’ citizens.
Besides, what I care most is doing the teachings of Christ Christ such:
- Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s. The government told us to vote then I should vote.
- Give to God what is God’s. But God told his children to be united in all things and judgment. Since voting is a way of giving your judgment, then I should vote in unity or in bloc with the church.
By the way, I read a news before that the Roman Catholic Church in the Philippines was planning for a bloc voting. I wrote my comment about the news here >> INC’s Bloc Voting: Criticized but to be Copied