What most of you would not know is that I struggled with my belief that God is sovereign and that from the bible, the book of Romans Chapter 13
1Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.
2Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.
Do I attend the march, now that it is deemed illegal?
What do I, in clear conscience and knowledge of God's sovereignity do?
Slowly, God through other Christians have spoken to me.
Article 10 Subject to Clauses (2), (3) and (4) -
(a) every citizen has the right to freedom of speech and expression;
(b) all citizens have the right to assemble peaceably and without arms;
(c) all citizens have the right to form associations.
Article 32 (1) There shall be a Supreme Head of the Federation, to be called the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, who shall take precedence over all persons in the Federation and shall not be liable to any proceedings whatsoever in any court.
The Bersih march is a peaceful assembly to meet with the Agong, God's appointed Supreme Head of this Federation.
We go in peace, with a noble intention, to return the citizen's right through fair and just elections. We are not going for the sake of overthrowing the present government, though they feel that way due to their own insecurities.
Bersih has made, and is still making, every effort to secure a permit even though the initial request is rejected.
A thought for you to ponder over
If the government requires obedience to a law that violates the higher law of God, it may be God’s will for the Christian to resist. Rosa Parks refused to obey a law that required African-Americans to sit at the back of the public bus. Martin Luther King, Jr., was jailed many times simply for entering “Whites Only” areas of public places or for peacefully marching in protest to these laws.
and a poem [courtesy of Joshua3] for you to consider
for the people of this country
to show their love for this land
This is the time to stand up
and be counted
if you had enough
and you want to see change
If you have been praying for change
for a better fairer country
for your future
for your childrens' future
this is a day
This is the day to put feet to your prayers
to put your faith in action
to take the risk
This is the day Christians
can no longer just stay at home and pray
but to take the streets
to stand, to walk and to be in solidarity
with others who risk it all
IF you believe in a God that is Sovereign
that steers the heart of the King like river
Then stand with me
Walk with me
March with me
To the King
This is our nation
This is our land
Let's possess it.
I go with my eyes open, knowing that there may be consequences and repercussions.
If you are unable to go, or you choose not to go, I hope that you would pray for those of us who are there.
Thanking you ahead, thanks