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The Bible & the Ballot (ebook)


The Bible & the Ballot
Reflections on Christian Political Engagement in Malaysia Today

Edited by Joshua Woo & Soo-Inn Tan

How do we relate Christianity to political engagement in Malaysia today? This is the question that we, as part of the community of believers, are trying to answer in this book. It is our conviction that “if Jesus Christ is not Lord of all, He is not Lord at all”. We proclaim the lordship of Jesus over every aspect of life. Therefore, it is important for us to reflect on the relationship between what we confess on Sunday and what is happening in the country every day.

This compilation of articles has been produced within the context of a circle of friends who share a common concern over national issues and the importance of Christian engagement on those issues. Although all of us are Malaysians, some of us are located in Malaysia, some in Singapore, and one in Norway. We come from different traditions and denominations of the Christian faith, but are connected through Friends In Conversation, a network where we discuss relevant issues that concern Christian discipleship in the contemporary world.

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ISBN: 978-981-07-3815-0
Format: Ebook (please read our ebooks policy)
Category: Church, Politics & State; Christian Living
Publication Date: March 2013

Also available in print.

Rt Rev Datuk Ng Moon Hing

Joshua Woo

Naming Names: Can Preachers Tell You Whom to Vote For?
Alwyn Lau

Strengthening Democracy in Malaysia: The Need for a Vibrant Public Sphere
Christopher Chong

Vote!: Voting as a Christian Duty
Tan Soo Inn

Vote for Change: My Decision at This Point in History
Tan Soo Inn

Prayer and Political Consideration: How and What to Pray For?
Joshua Woo

Why am I Attending Vigils For Dr Jeyakumar and EO6?
Rama Ramanathan

Afterword: Christians—A Blessing to Malaysia?
Sivin Kit


A group of Christian writers cajoles and challenges our thinking on this critical contemporary concern, with intriguing outcomes.
Andrew Khoo
Member, Steering Committee, BERSIH 2.0

This book teaches biblical views and opinions about the Christian and non-partisan politics. Recommended highly for all Christians!
KJ John
PhD (Organization Theory), Executive Director, OHMSI

These essays are a timely reminder to all Malaysian Christians that we should […] engage with the relevant stakeholders with wisdom and courage, with our hearts, minds and spirits firmly fixed and dependent on Christ.
Dr. Ong Kian Ming
PhD, Duke University

Compelling reading as we — all of us, no exception — try to make sense of the country’s changing democratic landscape and the roles we play in it, consciously or not.
Tricia Yeoh
Researcher and writer

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