What the Bible says to crazy rich Asians?
2018 marks the momentous occasion of the popular movie, Crazy Rich Asians. This romantic comedy (aka romcom) stands as a quality piece of entertainment, that also carries extra meaning for some Asians and Asian Americans. The movie serves as a good prompt to vocalize the variety of Asian American lives.
People from all kinds of faith and non-faiths recognize that the Bible describes the human condition and acknowledge its influence on western civilization.
The Bible has all kinds of stories about the rich and the poor, both the wealthy and impoverished. One Bible passage has this clear and explicit thing it says to wealthy people like crazy rich Asians:
“Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable. Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment. Tell them to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and generous to those in need, always being ready to share with others. By doing this they will be storing up their treasure as a good foundation for the future so that they may experience true life.”
1 Timothy 6:17-19 NLT
Asian American Christian Philanthropy
What would it look like for Christian Asians and Asian Americans to be radically generous through philanthropy?
For Christian people that want to live out the teachings in the Bible, if they are crazy rich Asians, they might be talked about as really crazy rich Asians if they were “rich in good works and generous to those in need, always being ready to share with others.” They’d be crazy to believe in an invisible God and they’d be crazy to make known their philanthropic activities.
This is a topic I want to be exploring in the months and years ahead. Sooner than that, if I can find a couple of conversation partners to join me in this exploration and discovery.
Want to join me in this uncharted territory?