Bishop Paul Tan’s articles on ‘Allah’ (Herald Feb 24, 2013) and Mahathir issues display a brave and courageous Jesus-like outspokenness. The editorial entitled My Bible, My Faith, My Church (Herald Feb 10, 2013) also vociferously echoes the same sentiment against such thoughtless and dangerous rhetoric spewed by irresponsible individuals solely for political gain.
In the present Malaysian context, threats of bible burning and other blatant forms of religious persecution challenge our Christian mindset to stay awake and vigilant.
How will we respond in faith to seek God and his kingdom in such adversity?
What can we do to preserve the freedom to practise our faith fully and absolutely?
Bishop Paul’s call to Christian duty is inspiring, not only to be admired but is for us to emulate.
Even if we falter because our “spirit is willing but our flesh is weak,” taking one step forward and falling two steps back, let us be in continual conversation with this narrative keeping our conscience alive and sensitised.
Action in our hearts will then follow. God’s kingdom of peace, truth and justice will prevail.