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Christianity may become ’irrelevant’
Church people must lead by example, Filipino Protestant bishop saysProtestant Bishop Marino Inong (right) and leaders of other churches at a service during the global week of prayer for Christian unity
- Maurice Malanes, Baguio City
- January 28, 2011
â€śReligion will lose its relevance if we fail in our mission, which is to reconcile the world with the Lord,â€ť said Bishop Marino Inong of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines.
â€śLet us become agents of healing and reconciliation in the world,â€ť the bishop told a gathering of Christian leaders from Catholic, Protestant, Evangelical and Pentecostal Churches at the end of a global week of prayer for Christian unity in Baguio City.
Bishop Inong said the gathering was a â€śgood initial stepâ€ť toward reconciliation.
â€śAs we fold our hands together in prayer, we are actually beginning an uprising against disorder in this world,â€ť he said.
He warned however, that Christians should look beyond their own circles to outgrow biases, stereotypes and â€śholier-than-thouâ€ť attitudes and tendencies.
â€śLet us not allow the devil to use our prejudices and biases for his evil designs,â€ť the bishop said.
The mission of Christians includes â€śour reconciliation with Mother Nature and all of Godâ€™s creation,â€ť he continued, adding that natural disasters â€śclearly show our broken relationship with what God created and provided for us.â€ť
Other church leaders attending the gathering also stressed ways of uniting Christians.
â€śIn these times, the Holy Spirit, that inherent love among us, and prayer can unite us all,â€ť said Father Andres Cosalan, vicar general of Baguio diocese.
Father Henry Kiley of the Episcopal (Anglican) ChurchÂ of the Philippines called for the â€śsharing of what we have as the early Christians did.â€ť
Catholics, Protestants pray during unity prayer week
Prayer week unites Philippine Christian Churches