Politics, Malaysia &
A New Kind of Humanity
Merdeka 2008
Revolution of Hope
Oct 11, 2008
Our ‘Politics’ Depend on
Who We Are
And Who We Are Depends on
Who We Worship
So Who is Our God?
We Worship Jesus Who…
• Humbled Himself taking on the form of a
servant
• Died for the ‘worst of sinners’ whilst they
...
We are called to
reflect the glory of Christ and
‘show off’ His likeness
(all over the New Testament!)
...
We Are Called To…
1. Be a new kind of person i.e. a New Creation,
authentic humanity in Christ’s likeness
2. Embody and...
“If I fight for justice, but have not
love, I am (and gain) nothing”
(1 Cor 13:1-3 paraphrase)
What kind of politics
does the Cross require of us?
A Politics of
Peace-Making & Forgiveness
• Siamese twins!
• Olive branches and gestures of friendship
would be com...
For every line/word/act of criticism,
there must be 2-3 others of
compassion, relational thinking,
peace-making solut...
A Politics of
Patience & Kindness
• We recognize that building relationships
with the enemy (whilst certainly...
We recognise that often our actions
‘seem like’ defeats or inaction…but
‘loving our enemy’ in fact mirrors the
g...
A Politics of God’s Kingdom
• We must not ‘look like’ an Opposition Party – we
must ‘look like’ Jesus!
• We may vote for...
• Destroy / Condemn our • Love our enemies and
enemies pray/care for them
• Demand justice ...
Breaking it down…
• Voting is optional, loving/serving is not
• We support Christians in politics the same way
we suppor...
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  • 1. Politics, Malaysia & A New Kind of Humanity Merdeka 2008 Revolution of Hope Oct 11, 2008
  • 2. Our ‘Politics’ Depend on Who We Are And Who We Are Depends on Who We Worship So Who is Our God?
  • 3. We Worship Jesus Who… • Humbled Himself taking on the form of a servant • Died for the ‘worst of sinners’ whilst they were yet sinful/guilty • Suffered and prayed for His enemies (and told us to do the same) • Equated loving one’s enemies with godly perfection (Matt 5:40-ish)
  • 4. We are called to reflect the glory of Christ and ‘show off’ His likeness (all over the New Testament!) Therefore…
  • 5. We Are Called To… 1. Be a new kind of person i.e. a New Creation, authentic humanity in Christ’s likeness 2. Embody and replicate Calvary i.e. communicate unconditional love via our deeds and words especially to our enemies 3. Transform and redeem the world and its way of being through our radical love i.e. be the hands and feet of Jesus
  • 6. “If I fight for justice, but have not love, I am (and gain) nothing” (1 Cor 13:1-3 paraphrase)
  • 7. What kind of politics does the Cross require of us?
  • 8. A Politics of Peace-Making & Forgiveness • Siamese twins! • Olive branches and gestures of friendship would be common (e.g. Ahmad Ismail) • We reject all violent means to a solution regardless of the ends aimed for • We reject anything which involves cursing / blaming / judging our enemies as a *defining* characteristic (e.g. DAP, PKR, RPK, etc.) • We focus on transforming people through our service, conversations and prayers
  • 9. For every line/word/act of criticism, there must be 2-3 others of compassion, relational thinking, peace-making solutions, etc.
  • 10. A Politics of Patience & Kindness • We recognize that building relationships with the enemy (whilst certainly unpopular and ‘un-realistic’) is an important part of the process • We do not ‘demand’ anything! • What’s Covey’s 3rd Habit? What are the ‘Important But Not Urgent’ things to do? • We must be neither a community of apathy nor accusation, but agape
  • 11. We recognise that often our actions ‘seem like’ defeats or inaction…but ‘loving our enemy’ in fact mirrors the greatest victory of all
  • 12. A Politics of God’s Kingdom • We must not ‘look like’ an Opposition Party – we must ‘look like’ Jesus! • We may vote for and (and even endorse) a specific partisan individual/policy/plan (e.g. 9/16) but we always hesitate in labeling it ‘Christian’ • We recognize the kingdom of God’s independence (and often contradiction) of kingdom-of-the-world projects i.e. “when we take up the Sword, we put down the Cross” (Boyd) • We live as ‘salt of the earth’ and ‘light of the world’ with or without politics and right government
  • 13. • Destroy / Condemn our • Love our enemies and enemies pray/care for them • Demand justice • ‘Demand’ from the • Fight politicians and Christian community parties via threats, forgiveness and kindness outrage, exposés, towards the unjust murmurs, mockery, etc. • Fight evil via prayer, • “Looks for” opportunities acts of love and self- to reaffirm corruption / vulnerability for all, incompetence of the especially the enemy ‘other’ party • “Looks for” opportunities • Continually seeks to dialogue, work together, polarisation – ‘us’ vs. praise, etc. ‘them’ thinking • Works regardless of the political system/process • Sees ‘beyond’ the partisan battle-lines
  • 14. Breaking it down… • Voting is optional, loving/serving is not • We support Christians in politics the same way we support Christians in sports, environmentalism, business, i.e. we pray for and serve each other without equating the party and its aims with God’s kingdom • We treat every political problem/oppression as occasions to communicate Calvary love (as we would any other kind of personal or social setback)

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