The Filipino Christian is lost somewhere. To be a “good Christian,” does he have to abandon his cultural heritage and thus be a “bad Filipino”? This sense of being lost is sometimes shared and often caused by his foreign mentors who taught him, and probably even sincerely believed it themselves that being Christian means being Westernized.
For almost a hundred years now, evangelical Christianity in the Philippines has almost always been equated with Westernization or, more exactly, Americanization. For instance, a Christian should only be singing formal Western Music at church (the lyrics may sometimes be localized, though) or recently, doing an American gospel song. Filipino Christian worship has been mindlessly structured after Western prototypes without regard for indigenous -- and still very much alive -- Filipino concepts of time, space, spirituality, and community. Of course, all these encroachments were done in the high name of evangelization. In as much as the indigenous culture has been collectively adjudged "evil," "pagan," "animist," etc. by many foreign missionaries, it was deemed but proper to destroy and replace it with a "sacred" one; never mind if the replacement is not even the New Testament Eastern-type of Christianity that we see in the Book of Acts but just a version, among many versions: the Anglo-American form.
- Ed Lapiz, Paano Maging Pilipinong Kristiano [Becoming a Filipino Christian] (Makati City: Kaloob, 1997), xiii.