Having Faith and Being an activist is not a Contradiction , But A Fulfillment of Self

 

down_from_cross_sm

Getting the Poor Down From the Cross  https://liberationtheology.org/

There is much talk and debate among self-confessed church people whether the faithful ones must participate in social advocacies or activism.

 

The imposition  of a worldview saying that engaging in activism dilutes the teaching s  of the church brings an excruciating pain to the whole body of believers.  Bigotry becomes a fertile ground of bias, misjudgment, and inability to share love and grace.

I do not mind the multiplicity of ideas. After all, what makes church beautiful is that it has a colorful, diverse and varied membership.  Everyone has his or her historical background, a story to tell, and a testimony to share. By grace alone that we can celebrate what takes to be a church.

Must we find blessing in our differences?

Yes. Our differences mmust furthermorelead us into  radical welcoming of one another rather than perceiving  those who do not conform to our set  of ideals. This stiffens our  hearts and minds  leading to bigotry.

Activism is a political stance that aims to change the world, and more realistically but seldom acknowledged, the self. The broader goals of dissent are easily and widely depicted but what is not always rendered visible is the almost miraculous transformation of the individual.( Mong Palatino,writer and former AnakBayan youth representative  to Congress)

Activism is not a bad idea or a bad endeavour, as it was not bad for  Mary to sing the  Magnificat saying that God has brought down the powerful from their thrones,    and lifted up the lowly; he has filled the hungry with good things,    and sent the rich away empty”( Luke1:52-54).

We could not blame Jesus when he once said,  “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me”( Matthew 19:21).

Activism does not divide the church, it is the incapacity of the faithful to sincerely love one another that divide the church.

Activism does not lead the church to atheism. It is the unforgiving tendency of the faithful that rejects the participation of the many in nourishing the gift of service to others.

 Activism does not lead us to hell. It is the refusal to welcome in our fold the poor, the deprived and the oppressed and seek justice for those who were made victims by the empire –  now best manifested in the rule of imperialism.

Activism does not take our faith away from us. It humbly leads us to where our hearts should be. It leads us to Jesus who once was denied of home, social security, and basic necessities.  When he did not conform to the standards of the world – empty piety, servility to Roman Rule, refusal to ally with the corrupt  –  he ended up getting judicially killed.

Activism does not kill our faith.  It challenges us to resurrect from the dead –  those values, caprices, behavior, a viewpoint that kill the best in us as human beings created in the image of God.  Activism retrieves us from emptiness due to lack of compassion and living in the system that promotes individualistic and selfish indulgence.

Activism leads us to self-criticism and remolding of character and values that are compatible in the building up of heaven down here.

 If there is a fuel that drives activism, it is no less than LOVE in action.

No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. ( John 15:3 NRSV)

 

 

 

 

Advertisements

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Cynthia Astle
    Apr 03, 2018 @ 16:14:33

    Norma, this is an excellent post. May I have your permission to republish it on United Methodist Insight? I believe we have previously published one of your contributions to UM & Global, and we are aware of your work in the Philippines from other sources. Thank you for replying.

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: