Friday, July 17, 2009

Theology, pulpit, and socio-polity

I am very disturbed by Teoh Beng Hock's death.

He died while under the custody of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC). Was he tortured and murdered by MACC's officers?

Has UMNO got tired with race politics and so playing blood politics now?

This morning, my family group at Trinity Theological College was discussing over Christian's engagement on socio-political issues. Our mentor Roland Chia, the Chew Hock Hin Professor of Christian Doctrine, facilitated the discussion.

He asked this question, "Can the church's pulpit be used to preach on socio-political issues?"

I think the pulpit can and should be the avenue to preach on socio-political issues.

Pulpits that have nothing to do with socio-political issues is denying Christ as the authority above all powers and principalities. And an apathetic pulpit is Christ-less. It has failed to be the prerogative which the embodied grace of God through Christ is supposedly apparent before the world.

I said this despite the fact that some politicians and church leaders said otherwise.

I am also saying this with the awareness of the risk of the misuse of pulpit and religious languages.

I am not suggesting a revolt. Neither was Roland. Both of us agree that Christians have to continuously embody the redemptive power of Christ over individual and social ills. We have to exhaust all the channels in order to do this. And when there is no channels available, other peaceful alternative need to be sought after.

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Steven Sim said...

Steven Sim