Even more disturbing, that it happened in an old CHRISTIAN family who all believes in Jesus, been baptized and Born Again!!
Sadly, it is my family, my parents especially. We are all Christians for more than a decade now. We strive to obey the Laws, read the Bible,
generous to the poor, do not curse, not have any vices, do not annoy our neighbors, typical Christian family...
But recently, God did something to make me come home to Him. It's a very long story. But there were many great revelations along the way. God gave
me the wisdom to analyze the world economy and realized how it's unfair, corrupt, messed up, and to make the story short, the only way you are rich
in this world is because of the exploitation of the poor down the line, directly or indirectly... If you live in USA for example, you are most likely
rich by global standards. I'll probably make another thread for it.
So this where it all started:
We live in a third world country Philippines. My parents were born in a very poor family in a hand-to-mouth existence. They learned to survive by
wits and to grab every opportunity as if it is between life and death! Unfortunately this mentality carried on when we finally got out of poverty and
upon conversion to Christianity. What makes this worse is that the 'Prosperity Gospel' has gained its ground in Philippines, even if most
Christians here deny it, it is here to stay!
I am well educated enough that my parents wanted me to pursue the 'American Dream' of middle-class living in a first-world country. I can do it if
I wanted to.. ..But upon realizing the truth, why would I??
Even though we are still poor by Western standards. We have ALL our needs met. We have our own house, own a car, a small family business, 3 meals a
day. I refused to go overseas and make more money because I'd rather do local missions to poor communities but this angered them!
that God promised material blessings, and Christians should not be poor - again the curse of the Prosperity Gospel
But the truth is, God
commands us to be content. To be happy and thankful if our basic needs are met.
My parents would be happier if I earned a lot more because I could give more to missions, gain more respect from our community and relatives but this
is not what Jesus commanded (Parable of the Poor Widow and vs pride of life, things of the world, etc). In fact, Jesus doesn't care the amount of
what we give. In fact Jesus gave a lot warnings against pursuing wealth (trying to earn more, etc)
Have I obeyed my parents, we would breaking the #1 Law of God which to Love God with everything, not to love anything more than Him. The most
important law! We would because now we are giving more priority to higher income jobs, and the financial security of living in a 1st World country
than God's Will! Even if they don't admit it, they are doing this to be more 'secure' financially which is to be more independent from God, which
God doesn't want.
I also told them the wish to help out the poor Muslim community in our city within a small Jewish family. Again they objected and though I'm losing
my mind and I need (psychological) help!! In this case, they worried for my safety. But Jesus commanded "He who seeks to save his life will lose it
but he who loses his life for my sake will gain it". I understand a parent's concern for the life of their children.
Because of my new beliefs, new level of passion for God as now I strive to get God #1 in my life. My parents now think I don't love them!!
Ironically: Matthew 10:34-38 (NIV)
34 “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I have come to turn “‘a man
against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law — 36 a man’s enemies will be the members of
his own household.’[a] 37 “Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more
than me is not worthy of me. 38 Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me.
My family thinks I'm getting too radical in my faith. That martyrdom, Christian radicalism, etc is only reserved for FEW
Which brings up another disturbing verse
Matthew 7:13-14 (NIV)
13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is
the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a FEW find it.
If we are now truly sons of God, we would begin to seek the truth and realize the corrupt world system/economy which exploits the poor and no longer
wishes to be part of it or contribute to it even to improve it because it won't work and it is evil!
My parents wishes for me to belong to the society, to be accepted by it, not to live like a loser. But Jesus commands otherwise. "He who is in the
world, the love of the Father is not in him"
May parents would not accept, they believe you can have good life here on Earth and be a Christian at the same time. Sounds familiar?? heloo
prosperity preachers!! Unfortunately MOST Christians in our church are very like my Parents. There are MANY of them!
Only FEW finds the narrow road because it's radical, insane, crazy! But as a matter of factly, history always prove that only those FEW crazy,
radical, and insane people could ever make a dent in this world. If you are like most Christians who would NOT love God with all your heart, mind,
strength and soul, Satan loves you because you can do nothing to thwart his plans!!
So think again. If Matthew 10:34-38 is not a reality in your Christian life, either there's something wrong with your doctrine or your parents
simply doesn't care or even hates you from the beginning!