Called to be God’s ambassadors of peace and justice

Covenant-Community-Hands-Heart“Religion seems to poison everything,” Interfaith Expert Dr. Rahuldeep Singh Gill said in his article for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

I am actually discouraged to look at the news today because of the prevalent ongoing conflicts due to religion. Asia, Europe, North and South America, Africa, etc. All you see, read, and hear about are people killing each other for the sake of their faith. One belief that causes massacre to another. Is this what the universal God actually intended for us to be? A world full of chaos and injustices?

Curious, a friend asked me about my religious stand and why I choose to put my faith in this belief. This friend had turned to agnostic due to inconsistent appearance of religion. He said that he cannot see “god” at work because people who claimed to be followers of “god” live a life contradictory of the teachings. Continue reading

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Dios nos pide ser embajadores de paz y de justicia

Covenant-Community-Hands-Heart“La religión parece que intoxica todas las cosas,” el experto Interreligioso Dr. Rahuldeep Singh Gill lo dice en su artículo para el Día de Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK).

Las noticias de hoy me desaniman mucho por los grandes conflictos donde están involucradas las religiones en Asia, Europa, América del norte y del sur, África, etc. Todo lo que vemos, leemos, escuchamos es sobre personas que matan a las otras en nombre de su fe. Una creencia que masacra a la otra ¿Es esto lo que el Dios universal realmente quería que nos pasara? ¿Un mundo llena de caos e injusticias?

Un amigo curioso me preguntó sobre mi religión y por qué yo ponía mi fe en el Cristianismo. Este amigo se convirtió en agnóstico o no creyente por la aparente inconsistencia de las religiones. Dijo que no podía ver la mano de Dios trabajando porque las personas que reclamaban ser seguidores de “dios” vivían un estilo de vida que contradecía sus enseñanzas. Continue reading

Right foot in, left foot out

(On leaving well)

Before I even announced my official send off, I am surprised to know that my families and friends are more than ready to let me go. The fact that I frequently travel and live in different places, mission service outside the country is not new to them. But reality strikes. I will be gone for 20 straight months, inclusive of special holidays: two Christmas and New year away from my family and friends. I am not a drama queen but it was an emotional process to undergo. Anyhow, for the last days in my home country, I learned to gradually have my right foot in, left foot out. Here is my personal list of “leaving well.”

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The PORKs of a politician

Disclaimer: I salute politicians who live by faith and moral conduct, especially those who strive to make the government system a better and people-focused one, rather than political-centered. The title of this post is not to generalize the negativity of the politicians but to emphasize the allocated funds for project development, and how this “Pork Barrel funds” is used for the good of the state or for personal interest.

cartoon_Jul19ON MY way to the Philippines from a training in the USA, at the airport lounge, waiting for boarding, I had an opportunity to converse with another Filipino, who is also in the same flight as I. Clarita is a US citizen and lives in the US for 43 years. She’s married and have kids. To my surprise, Clarita boldly shared that she despises the Philippines. At the back of my head I thought, “then why fly back to the Philippines? It is very contradicting.”

She said that with our rotten political and justice system, lazy people, and a very slow economy, the Philippines is in a very worst state she’d “never want to go back–even as a retiree.” Continue reading