Spiritual Militancy

but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you; Acts 1: 8

A problem of neoliberal-Christianism in the United States, it is still the only definition of poverty based on economic aspects, when it should also include the functional illiteracy that we suffer, the inability to have no participatory power in the government, the lack of popular power to monitor or change corrupt governments and disorganization in our community activism that prevents us from having the capacity to mobilize the people towards their liberation. Hence the need to recognize that we not only have an economic crisis; we also have a political, moral, spiritual and social crisis.

Now, it seems necessary to clarify that the Christian aspect of USA neoliberalism is a theological abomination that seriously contradicts the foundations of true Christianity where from the beginning that People-Church was characterized by living in unity, having everything in common and distribution of goods according to needs (Acts 2: 44-45). This is why I have never had any doubts in declaring that every true project in which our God is involved has to be anti-capitalist. Otherwise it is pure chameleon   theology that seeks fever in the sheet. Hence also the need for spiritual militancy.

That spiritual militancy must be radical and it must be characterized by an experience of solidarity empowerment that seeks on the one hand the awakening of critical and class consciousness, so that we can understand our social, sexual, gender, racial, ethnic realities , political, economic, historical, religious and class, without having to resort to magical answers that alienate us from our responsibilities. That is, Goddess did not create this disorder, therefore it is up to us to fix it!

On the other hand, this militancy of a radical spirituality must also have the capacity to subvert the disorder that currently exists and make us partakers of a power that takes us to the organization that seeks to leave as a result the socio-political organization of our communities to achieve the transformation of oppressive circumstances in liberation experiences. Hence, we recognize that this radical spirituality has social, cultural and political dimensions.

I would like to conclude this reflection with a quote of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. that is not mentioned much here in the United States. He told us - and he keeps telling us - that a movement that only has the capacity to get people out on the street is a revolt. But on the contrary, a movement that has the ability to change both people and institutions is a revolution. We are not for reformisms or socio-political patches. This is a revolution of the people, let's continue resisting with our spiritual militancy. 

In solidary love, the most important sacrament, we will continue resisting and demystifying the subversive spirituality of the people

 

 

Author: 
Fr. Luis
Date news: 
Sunday, March 31, 2019 - 15:45