Inggit o Sipsip? Zamora says INC flock makes him ‘envious’
Despite being a proud Catholic, House Minority Leader Ronaldo Zamora admitted being “envious” of members of the at-times controversial religious sect Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC).
Zamora, in his Business Mirror column, glowingly described the politically influential INC as “a proudly Filipino manifestation of Christianity”.
“No church so eminently expresses the religious impulse of Christianity as the INC has, throughout its history, as a distinctly Filipino Christian church. I say this even though I am a Catholic; I say it with a measure of envy,” wrote the San Juan congressman.
“No other religion has shaped the lives of its devotees so thoroughly in strict accord with that Christian teaching to which all Christian churches adhere: to impart to one’s personal conduct and, through one’s church, to the whole country—a Christian face,” he added.
A precious resource for politikos thanks to its strict bloc-voting rule come election time, the INC also overwhelmingly defeats the Catholic Church in one particular aspect, says Zamora.
“What the Catholic Church was able to pull off—just once at EDSA and never again—which is to say, a communion of action in accord with Christ’s teachings—the INC does every day in the lives of its adherents and in the role of the INC in politics,” he said.
Zamora further admired the INC faithful for living strictly by the Bible.
“So much so, that when we speak of freedom of religion as it pertains to the INC, it extends from their weekly service to every action they take individually or undertake in communion and community,” he noted. (Samantha A. Giron)