Monday, March 2, 2020

Malaysia, My Homeland

It was surreal. My 5-day trip to Singapore and back to Sabah last Monday ended with news that the ruling coalition of Pakatan Harapan had fallen and Malaysians were left without a government. For a whole week until yesterday, the political tussles for power went on with many twists and turns. But finally, the King appointed the 8th Prime Minister of Malaysia yesterday at 10.45am just as our second service was underway. I preached a sermon on Moses based on Exod 3 but not before exhorting the congregation to pray for the nation (Psalm 33; Psalm 32:10-11 LXX) and speaking about the Covid19 from Revelation 6:9 on the fourth horseman that brought pestilence and plague that affected a quarter of the earth. Then I read a verse from 1 John 2 on young people being strong because the Word of God dwells in them and they have overcome the evil one.
I used that to launch two bible study I shall be conducting, first among 12-17 year olds (Secondary school students) on alternate Sunday mornings during the 2nd service and a monthly Youth Bible Study on Saturdays from 3pm to 5pm. I felt the need to teach and equip the younger generation. Instead of fathers you shall appoint your sons to be rulers in the land (Psalm 45). How will the youths survive in a foreign land, though it is our homeland but the current political climate is not conducive to Christians. We may have just a few years to do what we could do so that when difficult times and persecution come we shall be ready and the youths will be ready to face the onslaught and become Jesus’ witnesses in Malaysia.

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