Friday, August 7, 2009

The 9Th Methodist Convention - "Spreading Scriptural Holiness, Transforming The Nation (Talk 2) - Part 8

As Christians, we are concerned with democracy, freedom and justice, human rights and religious freedom. The fundamental principles of these concepts are rooted in Western christian gospel redemption, not in Chinese culture.

"Careful study will show the conceptes like democracy, human rights and freedom are rooted in the Gospel. (Cf. Ronald J. Sider, The Scandal of Evangelical Politics, Baker, 2008; especially Chaps. 4-7, & 9)," Bishop said.

Bishop then further elaborated on the basis of the scripture," Gen 1:26f has this to say about Human Rights: Everyone is created in the image of God. On Democracy, John 3:16 and Gal 3:26-28 spell out clearly that 'All are equal'."

On checks and balance in government, Bishop Rev Dr. Hwa Yong explained," There should not be absolute power, as in Malaysia now. This concept is rooted in Rom 3:23 which says: All humans are sinful."

The picture shows Hoover Square which will be officially opened on August 16 at 10.30 a.m. Our CM has been invited to officiate the grand opening ceremony. Photo: Steve Ling

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