Good Friday indeed…

For centuries, Christianity has been maliciously used as a tool of subjugation and colonization, which is a complete and sacrilegious contradiction to the teachings of Christ. There has been a long and ugly history of corruption and violent “civilization” in the church, and learning this history has many led people born and baptized into Christianity to develop angst, anger, hatred, and bitterness towards Christianity and thus leave the faith altogether.

As a practicing Catholic, I have faced many many challenges in my activism, especially in connection to its ugly history of corruption and colonization of the peoples of Africa, the indigenous nations of what is now North, Central, and South America, Polynesia, and of my motherland, the Philippines. When faced with this challenge, I always bring it back to the teachings of Christ himself. Jesus Christ always taught love, equality, and justice. Never did he teach to kill, pillage, plunder, and rape to spread his message. In fact, he denounced these atrocities. So it’s always important to make that distinction. I always say to be critical and denounce the use of Christianity a tool for subjugation, but you can never denounce Christ for his teachings of love.

My Catholic faith is something near and dear to my heart, and yes, I still go to mass every Sunday and pray the rosary. . Being part of youth ministry since I was 13, it was my entry point into community organizing. Since then, my ministry has evolved into community activism for human rights, from the personal to global levels. On a personal and spiritual level, it has also evolved into a liberatory practice for me, and have been studying Liberation Theology for the past few years. Liberation Theology is like “flipping the script” on those who have used it for subjugation and domination. My spirituality is based on the teachings of Christ and not so much the dogmatic rules of the Catholicism, which I have found if followed too strictly, can be very limiting. I like using the Star Wars example of the Jedi Master Qui Gon Jin, whose keen yet reckless sense and views of The Force forbids him a seat in the Jedi Council, but his insight and devotion to combatting The Dark Side of the Force is formidable and invaluable to the Jedi Order.

I hope my fellow Catholics would take a more proactive stance against the injustices in the world. I’ve seen and heard too many Catholics with an “it is what it is” attitude towards injustice and just sit and pray about it for hours. Now don’t get me wrong, prayer is no doubt good and much needed. But there’s also the action part that is vital to our faith. Jesus Christ was out there on the grind with the masses and the poor, not in the ivory towers of the ruling class. He devoted as much time to works as he did to prayer. He worked tirelessly to spread his message of Love, Equality, and Justice. He spoke directly against corrupt and greedy politicians who were living off the backs and labor of the poor.

As community activists working towards social justice, we’re basically doing the Lord’s work. Serve the people, and you serve God.

“Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.” Matthew 10:34

“I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves. Be on your guard; you will be handed over to the local councils and be flogged in the synagogues. On my account you will be brought before governors and kings as witnesses to them and to the Gentiles. But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say, for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.” Matthew 10:16-20

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.” Ephesians 6:12-18

“The voice of racism preaching the gospel is devilish
A fake church called the prophet Muhammad a terrorist
Forgetting God is not a religion, but a spiritual bond
And Jesus is the most quoted prophet in the Qu’ran”
-Immortal Technique

“It’s very funny to look at a religion like Christianity and see the religious leaders of the Christian faith, so involved in politics while Jesus, their savior, was killed by politicians. Christians fail to realize that Jesus was a revolutionary that hung out with criminals and diseased people, trying to educate them on a better way of life. He spoke out against government and was killed, simple.”
-KRS-ONE

“To protect the sheep, you must catch the wolf. And it takes a wolf to catch a wolf.”
-from the movie “Training Day”

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