Christian Perspectives on Politics in Malaysia (Interlude)

Before we the 4th installment, I thought it would be nice to repost some of the comments in one blog post which I thought was helpful to get a wider input … Read on … (I’m keeping the words in blue as one of the invisible blue gang member ūüôā ) but for the comments let’s go for green.

From Christian Perspectives on Politics in Malaysia I

Edwin Paul (11:42:11) :

The phrase some people use is radical.Being a radical Christian is a good thing but in politics? The key issue is collision. Like Bersih, burning the Jalur Gemilang is not radical but outrageous and the particiants were not Christians.itís better if Christians could limit combining forces with people who canít seem to agree with our terms which is the way of peace, with no intentions to incite hatred when delivering the truth.

30 01 2008
Med (14:02:49) :

Are you by any chance suggesting that BERSIH advocates the burning of the Malaysian flag?

Are you saying that the participants of BERSIH did not include Christians? BERSIH comprises over 70 organisations including multiracial DAP and PKR as well as highly regarded NGOs like Suaram, Aliran, CIJ, DEMA, JERIT, SOS Penang, etc. and Iím more than 100% sure that there are Christians among them! Sue me if Iím wrong!

Are you also suggesting that only Christians love peace??? And BERSIH and everyone else incites hate???

Wow, Iím getting riled up at this over-generalisation and misinformed remark, and Iím not even Christian!

30 01 2008
splim (14:27:03) :

Edwin Paul,

Who told you it was Bersih participants who burned the national flag? Until now no one has been arrested for that.

Iím a Christian and I was there on 10/11 and so were many of my church members and even my pastor

What makes you imply that Bersih intended violence and incited hatred?

Med,

Iím just as riled up.

From Christian Perspectives on Politics in Malaysia II

Edwin Paul (11:22:51) :

I think every Christian has the right to speak up his mind despite itís consequences but always for the good of everyone and the glory of God. For some believers, the church could be the only place to pour out their feelings and burdens regarding politics just like about their own personal problems.
Of course some believers dislike political sermons from the pulpit but I think most of us are actually directly or indirectly involved in it. I noticed that in my church whenever the pastor talkes about the political situation of our country from the pulpit, the sleepy-head members are actually wide awake.
As a Lutheran (Tamil) church goer myself, political subjects are common before or after church not to mention phone text messages on updates during the service ( which is inappropriate).

From Christian Perspectives on Politics in Malaysia III

Paul Long (04:25:17) :

Interesting interview :-)

I think that many who claim to be ďapoliticalĒ are actually by default ďpro-governmentĒ. Canít run away from this. Thatís my 2 cents Ö now anotother 2 more cents!

If it is true that the Christian population is 9.1% (baserd on the 2000 census) and the Indian population 7.7%, the Christian population have a much bigger voice than the MIC and other smaller Indian based parties!!!

Of cousrse this is only if we are willing to unite for the many issues that we should have no problem agreeing on. Issues related to justice and human dignity are broad areas we should have no problem agreeing upon.

If we canít, then it is a BIG shame. if we want to be non partisan, then I am sure we can be mature enough not to care who came up with a good idea / policy and whose name is more prominent if the cause is right and God is glorified since we will have to agree (happily or reluctantly) that the Kingdom of God comes before denomination or personal name

If the govt sees it important to allow MIC a voice (albeit a small one) because the percentage of Indian citizens are still significant (when they kind of unite Ö), how much more if the Christians unite for causes that are not just beneifical to Christians / Church but for the nation?

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