Jesus did not sanction oppression. He saw the poverty of people, even in his family’s situation. “He will cast the down the mighty from their thrones…” (Luke 1:52) He fought against the throne of power, a power structure that makes the poor poorer. He admonished the established order of religion, colluding and in bed with the powerful. He sought a true liberation, preaching and pursuing love in action:
“Blessed are you who are poor,
for the kingdom of God is yours.
Blessed are you who are now hungry,
for you will be satisfied.
Blessed are you who are now weeping,
for you will laugh.
Blessed are you when people hate you,
and when they exclude and insult you,
and denounce your name as evil
on account of the Son of Man. (Luke 6:20-22)
From these, he preached resistance.
Jesus is telling us to speak truth against corollaries of structural oppression. For the Roman soldiers, saw him as a threat. He never has fear in his heart, for his prophetic words were real readings of tyranny. We too, can speak of the systemic militarization in our country; this has to stop. We cannot afford them terrorizing our people; issuing threats, eliminating our ranks and engaging in fake propaganda. If they cannot defend our country from external factors; hardly they can defend us; and now, the military acts as a terminator of the Duterte regime. Like the man from Nazareth, let us never be afraid to take the collective hammer and destroy the existing structures oppressing (and killing) our people.
This is our faith. Our faith anchored by a committed life to that (life) of a carpenter. Who works with his bare hands, earning something to make a living. Yes, he knew what it is to be taxed, of forcing them unfairly to pay what they owed to the governor, to the Romans, and even to the compradors and kawan. Yet, with faith, he is determined to change, eager to fight for what is just; and willing to die for his people.
He is Jesus, the real revolutionary.