To be fair to Alwyn he did post first but it was focused on his own presentation and the feedback from it . Read on.
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It was, from the start, unlikely that many would find the below presentation totally agreeable, but I appreciate the feedback nevertheless (from ROH Merdeka 2008 participants and non-participants alike).
Some responses raised to the idea that peace-making, reconciliation and forgiveness must be the Church’s defining role (in politics and all domains of life) included:
- Jesus has many facets, not merely the suffering/dying one e.g. His Temple action
- The Church also has a prophetic role to play i.e. Christians have a responsibility to rebuke the world as the Biblical prophets did
- "Love thy enemy" doesn’t apply to societal/institutional evil (e.g. we are not called to love apartheid)
- One doesn’t tell an abused wife to ‘love her husband’
- The book of Revelations was filled with tirades against Rome (e.g. it labeled Rome a beast)
A good friend even said that whilst he wouldn’t mind inviting Ahmad Ismail (who made racist remarks against Malaysian Chinese) to dinner, he would also call UMNO to fire him.
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