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Thursday, August 27, 2015

What's Faith Got To Do...Politics?

Well, everything.

Just look at the Old Testament and see how Moses freed the Israelite's from their slave masters.

Yes, the slaves prayed and cried out and God answered their prayers by raising a prophet to confront Pharaoh and his oppressive government/policies that was busying themselves in mega projects at the back of the Israelite's.

What Moses did to secure the release of the slaves from Egypt? We can be very sure sure he did not just stop at praying which is also important!

With God's help Moses took several actions in a series of plagues to cripple the lives of the Egyptians from Pharaoh to the ordinary Egyptians.

In fact, these acts are very much akin to civil disobedience by modern day liberators such as Gandhi, Martin Luther King etc. Some of these acts are:-

a) Locust - Crippling the food supply chain.
b) Water turn into red - Total disruption of the basic livelihood of the Egyptians. 
c) Pestilence - Disease on their cattle which paralyzed the Egyptians economic/business livelihood.
d) Thunder and hail - The Egyptians was restricted in their movement.

Notice that these plagues did not affect the Israelite's much!

These acts or plagues was to force Pharaoh to release the slaves unconditionally.

The primary reason the Israelite's had to leave Egypt is so that they can go and worship the LORD their God and be freed. The reason for their liberation might be spiritual but the act of confronting Pharaoh to achieve their end was very much political!

As you can see faith and politics work hand in hand to achieve the goal which is to liberate themselves to become free man & women.

I believe our Christian faith not just teaches us to change the current oppressive policies of our government but also to free ourselves from this very  tyrannical government itself. It is our duty to equip ourselves with proper faith and knowledge on how we should we go about doing it.

My suggestion is to march in Bersih 4 or if you can't make it pray for the success of this ACT! I'm doing the latter.

Next I will be sharing on Prophet Elijah and his fight against his very own tyrannical king & queen!

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