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The Gospel, Sociopolity, and Malaysian Society
Joshua Woo Sze Zeng
Edited by Joshua Woo & Soo-Inn Tan
“The word ‘gospel’ or ‘evangel’ is well-known and well-used among Christians. For example, the Christian faith is often summarised as the ‘gospel’, churches are called ‘gospel hall’, Christian bookshops are registered as ‘Evangel’, some local preachers preach the ‘prosperity gospel’ and others champion the ‘social gospel’, and evangelism is understood as ‘sharing the gospel’. We can make two observations from this. First, the gospel plays a central role to anything Christian. Second, the gospel is understood with different emphases in the Christian community. If the gospel is central to Christianity yet understood differently, how then can Malaysian Christians from diverse background relate the gospel to the sociopolitical situation of the country? This essay will explore this question by highlighting a common emphasis of the gospel that all Christians share, and showing how this commonality relates to the present sociopolitical challenges in Malaysia.”
Format: Ebook (please read our ebooks policy)
Category: Church, Politics & State; Christian Living
Publication Date: December 2013
In 2011, we published a collection of essays that explores some common issues that arise when we relate the Christian faith with politics — The Bible and the Ballot: Reflections on Christian Political Engagement in Malaysia Today. It opened up discussion ranging from democracy, political preaching, discerning prayer, wisdom to vote, and Christian’s participation in social issues.
Christianity & Citizenship is a follow-up series that focuses on Christians’ participation as citizens. Like the previous series, the present one is also a collective effort by Christians from different parts of the theological spectrum.
Good theological reflection should always be a dialogue between the Scriptures and the critical issues of the day. It should also be done in community so that in conversation, we see clearer how the Word of God bears on our concerns. Our goal in presenting this series of essays is not merely to deepen our understanding. We also hope they will yield insights for how we ought to live.
~ from the Editors’ Note