August 18, 2007 Matthew

Fear Enforced Religion in Malaysia

Reading an article about some of the current events in Islam in Malaysia today, I found it worth while to relate one of the interesting points the stood out to me.

The article, “Islam’s war on sin dims bright lights in a nation torn between cultures” posted at UK-based Times Online reported on the actions of an Islamic government which enforces Shari’a Law in Malaysia. The constitution of the government states that all who are born in Malaysia are Muslim. Young couples who may be sitting too close together on a park bench may be fined.

It brings to mind the scripture in Acts 5:39, “if this plan or this undertaking is of man, it will fail; but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them.”

These men, and others like them, feel they must use a “stick” of fear for coercion to keep things closely in line with their faith.

It is a great reminder for us to reflect on our own endeavors with faith and people of the faith. If we do things by our own hands they will only come to nothing, no matter how long you might be able to make it endure. 60% of the population in Malaysia is considered Islamic and the rest are of different walks of life. Slowly a ‘rock of division’ seems to be rising up and like one commenter has said, civil disobedience could arise and the state begin to fall apart.

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