Thursday, 2 May 2013
GRIPPED BY ELECTION FEVER
What roles can believers play in the coming general elections?
Malaysia braces itself for the general elections in just a few more days in what is seen by many as the most keenly contested battle so far between the ruling party and the opposition.
Election fever confronts us at every turn: Flags, banners, buntings, posters, billboards and ceramahs (political talks where candidates share their agenda and manifesto).
If the new media (the Internet) has played a significant role in the last general election, it will play an even more crucial role in this coming elections, which is the 13th time the nation’s destiny is being decided by the people.
Times have changed. The influence the alternative media wields over the hearts and minds of the populace cannot be underestimated. Both sides of the political divide have their own cybertroopers to persuade netizens to vote for them. Substantial swathes of highly engaged new voters – belonging to the internet savvy, younger generation – have the potential to swing the results of the election.
As Christians, we have to play our part. Our social responsibility is to go out to vote in full force – according to the dictates of your conscience. Some have volunteered themselves as polling and counting agents to ensure that the elections will be free and fair. We can also play our part by sharing our views on the social media platform in a responsible and rational manner.
Above all, we should pray that there will be peace and harmony just before, during and after polling day – that the plans and efforts of destructive elements will be foiled and the law enforcers will be able to maintain order. Let us also pray that the nation will see a fair, clean, just and competent government at the helm for the next five years.
While both sides are trying to outdo one another in promoting their agenda and manifesto, we need to realise that there is another factor coming into play: Our sovereign God. He is watching from above and listening to our prayers. He is hearkening to the cries of His people even though, at times, He may seem distant.
“The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but victory rests with the LORD”
“Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God” (Psalm 20:7).
“His pleasure is not in the strength of the horse, nor his delight in the legs of the warrior;
the Lord delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love”
Let’s remember we are putting our trust in the almighty God who is sovereign, the One who holds the fate of the nations in His hands. “Surely the nations are like a drop in a bucket; they are regarded as dust on the scales; he weighs the islands as though they were fine dust” (Isaiah 40:15).
He is the unseen hand at work in the affairs of men. We just need to play our part. And He who watches over Malaysia, who neither slumbers nor sleeps, will do the rest.
“The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but victory rests with the LORD” (Proverbs 21:31).
HEEDING THE PROPHECY FOR MALAYSIA
HEAVEN HAS EYES