Cat and mouse, often expressed as cat-and-mouse game, is an English-language idiom dating back to 1675 that means “a contrived action involving constant pursuit, near captures, and repeated escapes.” The “cat” is unable to secure a definitive victory over the “mouse”, who despite not being able to defeat the cat, is able to avoid capture. In extreme cases, the idiom may imply that the contest is never-ending. The term is derived from the hunting behavior of domestic cats, which often appear to “play” with prey by releasing it after capture. This behavior is due to an instinctive imperative to ensure that the prey is weak enough to be killed without endangering the cat.[en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat_and_Mouse]
What does a church got to do with cats and mice?
Yesterday, I got a call from a very good friend who was deeply concerned about his weakening faith in the Church. He started his story with an instruction he received in the worship service stating that should any member hear someone speak against, or question the Church administration, it should be duly noted and reported to the Elders of the Congregation. Please take note that “speaking against” the Church administration has no borders. The offense could be as simple as liking or sharing a post in Facebook. Or it could be as simple as someone hating the blue dress you wore at the church service.
One might ask how such instruction can benefit the church, other than silencing the opposition, while the rest of the “not targeted group” can have a field day on anyone in opposition, either inside or outside the church. Is this a willful and malicious act to further disunite members?
What happened to the days when the goal of going to church is to seek spiritual guidance and seek peace in the midst of life’s difficulties and challenges? Why is the Church overemphasizing unity with the Church Administration, instead of UNITY WITH GOD? Why are membersone Is the Church starting to lose its grip on its members?
The IGLESIA NI CRISTO holds many traditional beliefs, and the members obey rigid disciplines. It’s a very STRUCTURED organization that existed seamlessly for over a hundred years. Those long time beliefs and traditions are now being challenged, causing the church to fracture under the weight of opposing views.
Finally, before my friend and I parted, he made a very serious statement – THIS IS NOT THE SAME CHURCH I KNEW BEFORE.