Entries by Kim Dy

AMOS THE SOCIAL JUSTICE WARRIOR

The Hebrew prophets in the Old Testament were prominent figures in social justice during their time. Often, they were included in their writings and homilies scathing rebukes towards those who would impose injustice upon the masses. While their primary concern was the people’s relationship with God Himself, the prophets understood that tending to the needs […]

THE PREREQUISITE OF ECCLESIASTICAL REFORM

If Christians wish to contribute to social reform, then they must start with their own institutions. It would be pointless to single out individual communions, denominations, or congregations as guilty of a particular failure on this part. Each Christian body in the world, I think, suffers from what I am about to speak on. The […]

THE IMPACT OF MATERIALISM IN CHRISTIAN CULTURE

This culture of “have it now” and instant gratification has negatively impacted Christianity as it has blinded Christians to the call to sacrifice. In the famous words of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, “The first Christ-suffering which every man must experience is the call to abandon the attachments of his world… When Christ calls a man, he bids […]

THE CONSEQUENCES OF INDUSTRIALIZATION FOR CHRISTIANITY

In this fast-paced life where each man tries to outplace another, it must be noteworthy to ponder on this question: Where is the time for family, the time to acquire wisdom, and the time for God? Apparently, industrialization has provided a fatal consequence that has created a spiritual lethargy in the hearts of many people. […]

THE SOCIAL GOSPEL OF JAMES

“Come now, you rich people, weep and wail for the miseries that are coming to you… You have lived on the earth in luxury and in pleasure; you have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter. You have condemned and murdered the righteous one, who does not resist you.” (James 5:1, 6 NRSV)   […]

THE SOCIAL TEST FOR JESUS

In Luke 7, John’s disciples told him about Jesus. He sent his disciples to Jesus to ask him if he was the Messiah, the one they were waiting for (or were they still waiting for another one to come?). During that time, Jesus already cured many diseases, stopped plagues, and warded off evil spirits, and […]

SOCIAL PLATFORM OF JESUS

When Jesus arrived in Nazareth, he was brought up to the synagogue on Sabbath day, as was his custom, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. It read: The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent […]

THE DANGERS OF WEALTH

Money is actually a form of test God gives us. Money reveals the status of our heart. It bares what occupies our heart. In his time, Jesus saw how people mocked the value of their life because of the money they possessed. It kept the lowly low. Similarly, in the present, the wealthy have lost […]

WHEN WEALTH IS A LIMITATION

A passage in the Bible mentions Jesus inviting a young man to a more heroic type of existence, cutting loose from his wealth and living a life devoted to the Kingdom of God. Apparently, that invitation was a chance for the young man to live an abundant life, one that was not defined by material […]

SETTING THE SPIRITUAL TEMPERATURE IN THE MARKETPLACE

There are only two people in the marketplace: those who measure the spiritual temperature in the ecology by which they are in, and those who set it. Those who measure the spiritual temperature are called “religious thermometers.” Like a thermometer, they only read the temperature in the environment they are in. They criticize the world […]