The Bible & the Ballot (eBook)

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How do we relate Christianity to political engagement in Malaysia today? This is the question that we, as part of the community of believers, are trying to answer in this book. It is our conviction that “if Jesus Christ is not Lord of all, He is not Lord at all”. We proclaim the lordship of Jesus over every aspect of life. Therefore, it is important for us to reflect on the relationship between what we confess on Sunday and what is happening in the country every day.

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How do we relate Christianity to political engagement in Malaysia today? This is the question that we, as part of the community of believers, are trying to answer in this book. It is our conviction that “if Jesus Christ is not Lord of all, He is not Lord at all”. We proclaim the lordship of Jesus over every aspect of life. Therefore, it is important for us to reflect on the relationship between what we confess on Sunday and what is happening in the country every day.

This compilation of articles has been produced within the context of a circle of friends who share a common concern over national issues and the importance of Christian engagement on those issues. Although all of us are Malaysians, some of us are located in Malaysia, some in Singapore, and one in Norway. We come from different traditions and denominations of the Christian faith, but are connected through Friends In Conversation, a network where we discuss relevant issues that concern Christian discipleship in the contemporary world.

Foreword
Rt Rev Datuk Ng Moon Hing

Introduction
Joshua Woo

Naming Names: Can Preachers Tell You Whom to Vote For?
Alwyn Lau

Strengthening Democracy in Malaysia: The Need for a Vibrant Public Sphere
Christopher Chong

Vote!: Voting as a Christian Duty
Tan Soo Inn

Vote for Change: My Decision at This Point in History
Tan Soo Inn

Prayer and Political Consideration: How and What to Pray For?
Joshua Woo

Why am I Attending Vigils For Dr Jeyakumar and EO6?
Rama Ramanathan

Afterword: Christians—A Blessing to Malaysia?
Sivin Kit

Appendix

A group of Christian writers cajoles and challenges our thinking on this critical contemporary concern, with intriguing outcomes. Andrew Khoo Member, Steering Committee, BERSIH 2.0 This book teaches biblical views and opinions about the Christian and non-partisan politics. Recommended highly for all Christians! KJ John PhD (Organization Theory), Executive Director, OHMSI These essays are a timely reminder to all Malaysian Christians that we should […] engage with the relevant stakeholders with wisdom and courage, with our hearts, minds and spirits firmly fixed and dependent on Christ. Dr. Ong Kian Ming PhD, Duke University Compelling reading as we — all of us, no exception — try to make sense of the country’s changing democratic landscape and the roles we play in it, consciously or not. Tricia Yeoh Researcher and writer

Alwyn Lau

Alwyn Lau is a member of Friends in Conversation. A lecturer in Marketing and Sociology at KDU University-College, he’s also pursuing a Ph.D. (Arts) at the University of Monash (Sunway). He’s married with two kids and blogs at wyngman.blogspot.com.


Christopher Chong

Christopher Chong Eu Choong is a member of Friends in Conversation. He holds a doctorate in Political Science where his research interest lies in the intersection between religion and politics (with particular reference to Christians in Malaysia). He teaches at a private university and blogs at cacoescrib.wordpress.com.


Joshua Woo

Joshua Woo Sze Zeng is currently reading theology at Trinity Theological College, Singapore. His writings are posted and referred to at various platforms such as the Singapore Daily, Global Voices Online, reach.gov.sg, the Christian Post Singapore, Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs website, Temasek Review, TheMicahMandate.org, and the World Reformed Fellowship website. He blogs at szezeng.blogspot.com.


Soo-Inn Tan

Soo-Inn Tan is a director of Graceworks, a ministry committed to promoting spiritual friendship in church and society. Since 1985, Soo-Inn has been journeying with people through his ministry of preaching/teaching, writing and mentoring. Originally trained as a dentist at the University of Singapore, he answered God’s call to go into full-time church-related ministry in 1981 and obtained his Master of Theology from Regent College, Vancouver, Canada, in 1984. In 2006, he obtained his Doctor of Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary, California. Soo-Inn’s primary passions include connecting the Word of God to the struggles of daily life, and the promotion of the discipline of spiritual friendship. He has been a supporter of Arsenal Football Club since 1971 and his favourite movie is Star Wars 4.