Persecution in Indonesia

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Friday, 8 December 2017, 14:37

Beautiful Indonesia, but not so if you are a Christian

Beautiful Indonesia, but not so if you are a Christian

The republic of Indonesia, located in South East Asia, is the world's largest island country, with over 17 thousand islands making up its land mass. It is the fourth most populated country on Earth, with a population estimated at some 261 million people. The island of Java contains half of the population. The islands have numerous natural resources including oil and gas, coffee, tea and cocoa.

According to a census in early 2000's, 88% of the country is Muslim, 8% Christian. The rest of the percentage is made up of Roman Catholics, Hindus and Buddhists. However, Indonesia is not an Islamic State, but Islamic principles do influence political decision making, sometimes through the threat of violence. One peculiarity of the government's stance on 'freedom of religion' is that every Indonesian is required to embrace one of six recognised religions. This is mandatory. Atheism is not an option.

Out of approximately 260 million people, there are approximately 36 million Christians practising (or attempting to practice) their chosen religion in Indonesia. Also, it Is claimed, that the religion of Islam is both moderate and diverse. However radical Islamic groups (mostly connected to international movements) continue to pose serious threats, especially to Christians.

There are many examples of Christian persecution, here are but a few . . .

A young Muslim turned to Christ. After only a month, his father found a Bible, burnt it and locked him into their home to await questioning by his family about his new faith. Recently a Muslim youngster converted to the Christian faith. He was confronted and summoned in front of a Muslim leader after which he was reported to the police. Bibles and other Christian literature must be kept in safe places. Rumours abound that IS cells are growing in Papua. These are evil people and want all non-Muslims killed. An Indonesian court has sentenced Jakarta's outgoing governor (known as 'Ahok'), to two years imprisonment for blasphemy. Ahok was a Chinese Christian, and was charged for accusing his Muslim political opponents of using Quranic verses to stop Muslims from voting for him in the bid for re-election as Jakarta's governor.

The diversity of religions in Indonesia makes the country extremely difficult to unite. Moderate leaders came up with a motto for the country, 'Unity in Diversity', however, many people disobey that motto. Those that disobey are the main cause of violence in Indonesia, and the main cause of violence is the Persecution of Christians by the Muslim majority. This is one of the reasons why Christians are so in the minority. Living as a Christian (or even those who identify as a Christian) in Indonesia is dangerous. Christians must pay a higher price for just living. It is hard for Christians to find a house. Beatings, physical torture, isolation, rape, slavery, imprisonment, even death are meted out to this minority. This is plain persecution.

Mothers' Union is an international Christian membership charity that aims to demonstrate the Christian faith in action through the transformation of communities worldwide.

We work with people of all faiths in some 83 countries to promote stable marriage, family life and the protection of children through praying. We support families and communities both in the UK and around the world. We bring hope to families and persecuted peoples in Indonesia and around the world. We must pray for the persecuted in Indonesia. By Arthur Tear

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