Yesterday, after my nerve-wrecking Philosophy orals, I went to the Philippine premiere of the 1040 movie held at the Jesus is Alive Community Homebase (which was my former church, btw). What is 1040?
According to the 1040 movie website:
1040 is an explosive documentary that focuses on the rapid changes in Asia and the significant shift of spiritual landscape in the area known as the “10/40 Window”- the regions between 10 degrees and 40 degrees North Latitude on the eastern hemisphere. In the film, artist and minister Jaeson Ma takes us on an exciting journey through the Asian countries in the window, showing us the dramatic changes happening on the ground. We visit China, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Indonesia. Through incisive observations, intimate interviews with prominent leaders and celebrities, and powerful, never-before-heard stories, 1040 dynamically explores a part of our globe that is experiencing vast socioeconomic expansion and profound shift in identity- it is an area that is now nothing less than the frontier of world Christianity.
It was a one and fifty minute-documentary, and throughout I can’t remember how many times I’ve cried. I’m betting two. And why did I cry? Because I’m ashamed.
See, the Philippines is known to many as the only Christian nation in Asia, but if you will look closely, we are not living to that name. What is being a “Christian” when you are not living a Christian life? It’s only a label, and useless at that.
After the screening, Jaeson Ma himself shared his testimony and challenged the crowd to pray, go and send as missionaries. We don’t need to go to another country to be called missionaries. We should be missionaries in our own country. We should start with our country. The Philippines is not called the only Christian nation for nothing; we have to respond to our call. It is a great privilege that we Filipinos–though we are in a third world country–can go to the nations and claim them back for God. “We are not called to be Christians,” Jaeson Ma said, “we are called to be missionaries.”
I don’t want to be writing about this and not doing something about it. No act for God is too little. Every little thing I do for Him is precious in His sight. I am serving such a great and wonderful God, and I’m excited. If the next twenty years will be the Christianization of China, then I’m excited for the Philippines, because I am 100% sure we will be part of it. We are already 10,000 miles ahead of them! We will be God’s army across the nations. Can you just imagine how God will do this in and through you? How can one not be overwhelmed with such a thought!
You can’t separate God and a God-centered life. You can’t ask for the first and reject the other. Either you are all-out for God or you don’t believe in Him at all.
SO LET US BE ALL-OUT FOR THE
ONE TRUE AMAZING AWESOME GOD.