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A Lesson in Colour Blindness

 

At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do. (Luke 10:21)

I believe that all adults, regardless if they are parents, grandparents, doctors, lawyers, engineers, captain of a nuclear aircraft carrier or even the president of a country…can ALWAYS learn from little children. :-)

Last night, after picking up the kids from the babysitter’s house, I proceeded to look for a place to buy dinner home. The following conversation took place inside the car between my five year old boy and I…

Collin: Papa…are we going to tar-pau dinner tonight?

Me: Yes, we are going to Restaurant XXX to buy dinner.

Collin: Which one is Restaurant XXX?

Me: There…the Chinese restaurant… 

Collin: Papa…what is a Chinese restaurant?..

Me: Err….well you know, where we sometimes buy Caitlynn’s char siew pau and your lin-yoong pau? (approaches Restaurant XXX which happened to be closed that night) aiya….looks like Restaurant XXX is closed.

Collin: Then how wor?

Me: I think we may have to go and buy dinner at the Indi– erm…at the Roti Canai restaurant then..

Collin: Yayyy! Can we have roti canai then?

Me: Of course!

Collin & Caitlynn: Yayyyy! :-)

Sometimes we forget that our children grow up with ‘colour-blindness’ up to a certain age, at least. They do not understand nor comprehend the differences of Malay, Chinese, Indian or other races. To them, they couldn’t care less to even differentiate what type of restaurants we eat in or the what food from which race is being served. Through their eyes, everyone is the same…one colour, one race.

Sadly, it is not easy to remember that WE were ALL like that once too…:-p

Somewhere along the way, our vision gets tainted more and more with the things we read, people we interact with, things we see, personal experiences, etc. until our early childhood’s colour-blindness no longer exists.

It got worse when all these racism slurs gets trending in our country, especially right after the recently concluded General Elections. Some unintelligible mainstream media putting up racial remarks on their headlines, politicians spicing up their election victory speeches with racial connotations, etc. For a country that is projecting itself as moving forward towards becoming a developed nation, these recent incidents is definitely MORE than just a minor roadblock! In fact, it can be argued that we are actually moving BACKWARDS instead! Sadly, it became a WHOLE LOT worse when our country’s leaders seemingly do not oppose or stand up to prevent these remarks from possibly exploding into something unimaginable..

Jadi, apa lagi Cina ini mahu?

For ALL Malaysians to rediscover their childhood colour-blindness…

For ALL Malaysians to look at each other beyond skin colour and races…

For ALL Malaysians to reject all forms of racist remarks and actions…

For ALL Malaysians to build together a country free of racism for our next generation…

For ALL Malaysians to reject racial politics…

For ALL Malaysians to have access to non-politically biased media and press…

For ALL Malaysians to eat in Malaysian restaurants eating Malaysian foods..:-P

 

Rediscover your color-blindness….

Say NO to RACISM!

Unspeakable Joy of Christmas!

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May we all celebrate this Christmas with unspeakable joy for receiving God’s indescribable gift – Jesus Christ – who offers us prevalent peace and everlasting life!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

Joy to the World (Unspeakable Joy) – Chris Tomlin

Joy to the World (Unspeakable Joy) – Chris Tomlin

Joy to the world, the Lord is come
Let earth receive her King
Let every heart prepare Him room
And heaven and nature sing
And heaven and nature sing
And heaven and heaven and nature sing

Joy to the world, the Savior reigns
Let all their songs employ
While fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains
Repeat the sounding joy
Repeat the sounding joy
Repeat, repeat, the sounding joy

Joy, unspeakable joy
An overflowing well, no tongue can tell
Joy, unspeakable joy
Rises in my soul, never lets me go

He rules the world with truth and grace
And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness
And wonders of His love
And wonders of His love
And wonders, wonders of His love

Joy, unspeakable joy
An overflowing well, no tongue can tell
Joy, unspeakable joy
Rises in my soul, never lets me go
(source: Superlyrics)

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I was driving my kids home from their baby sitter’s place the other evening when our car came face to face with another car from the opposite direction. Since the road was quite small, I was grateful that the car started to back off, reversing itself for a short distance to allow me to pass through first.

Yes, ladies and gentlemen…there is still hope for Malaysian drivers…:-p

Anyway, this little incident sparked the following conversation between my son and I…

Collin: Papa, why is that car driving in reverse one?

Me: There is no room for both of our cars to drive through, so the driver was nice enough to reverse to let Papa pass through first.

Collin: Orh….err..Papa, can your car drive in reverse?

Me: Yes, Collin. All cars can drive in reverse one.

Collin: Even race car?

Me: Yes…even race cars.

Collin: What about bus? Buses are big and long one, you know..

Me: Yes, even buses can drive in reverse.

Collin: Wahhh..motorcycle leh?

Me: Err…nope. Motorcycle cannot move in reverse one. 

Collin: Why?

Me: For motorcycle, we have to use our legs to erm, manually push it if we wanted to move in reverse.

Collin: Why?

Me: Because there is no reverse gear in motorcycles..

Collin: Orh..but my bicycle got reverse gear, you know.

Me: Nope. Actually, your bicycle also don’t have reverse gear. Papa have to push it backwards for it to go in reverse one.

Collin: Orh..I see.

Me: Hey, Collin…you know Christmas, right?

Collin: Yeah.

Me: Do you know that Christmas can also move in reverse one?

Collin: Huh?…really ah?

Me: Yeah, do you want to know how?

Collin: Yeah…how?

Me: Let’s find out together, OK? Our church will be performing a special children’s musical called “Christmas in Reverse” next month. You wanna go watch?

Collin: Yes!

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Screening dates are 3 Dec 2011 (Sat), 3pm and 8pm; and 4 Dec 2011 (Sun), 8pm. Admission is FREE. Do click on the above image for more details on its Facebook page.

See you there!

A Nona Whisper

It is quite pleasing to see our garden where almost everything  is growing rather well.

The passion fruit vines have been busily crawling all over the yard and giving us generous supplies of bounty to make delicious passion fruit juices; papaya trees come and go, but at least one tree so far has given some fruit to taste; the hibiscus gives us fresh flowers everyday; the potato patch is invading much of our land at the back; some other plants (that I don’t even know what they are) are also growing at an alarming rate.

Heck, I think we have created such a comfortable environment for creepy crawlies to live in to! We have seen some rats appear every now and then. There are at least two chameleons that have made our garden a permanent residence. And of course there was that scary looking snake that showed itself about a month ago.

In the ‘busy-ness’ of everything that’s blooming in our garden, it’s easy to miss out on the small little things that is budding too. One of which is our buah nona plant, which is steadily (or silently, rather) growing in between the potato patch and the crawling vines. In fact, the fruit was so small I hardly noticed it until my wife pointed it out to me!

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This discovery helps me realise that sometimes we need to be aware of the little little things amidst the chaos that seems to be ruling our life!

Have you listened to God’s whisper lately?

The LORD said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the LORD,

for the LORD is about to pass by.”

 

   Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.. (1 Kings 19:11-12)

Reflections from the River

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“When I arrived there, I saw a great number of trees on each side of the river. He said to me, “This water flows toward the eastern region and goes down into the Arabah, where it enters the Dead Sea. When it empties into the sea, the salty water there becomes fresh. Swarms of living creatures will live wherever the river flows. There will be large numbers of fish, because this water flows there and makes the salt water fresh; so where the river flows everything will live.” (Ezekiel 47:7-9)

I believe that God speaks to everyone. On mission trips, He seems to speak louder…

My last mission trip to the jungle interiors happened so long ago, when I was still a student studying in university. Nevertheless, I still remember very clearly the many, many things that happened during that trip. And not only do I remember all those wonderful memories, I know and treasure them dearly for the lessons God thought me through that mission trip changed my life and played a big part in shaping me to who I am today.

Last weekend, I had the opportunity to take part in a similar mission trip some jungle interiors again. Only this time, my role was more like a ‘guardian’ to the many youths from our church who had eagerly signed up for this mission exposure trip. That didn’t mean that I would not be learning anything from this trip! Trust me, I sure did.

It is always exciting to see how God amazes and teaches us things everyday in ways that we would never have thought possible. One key highlight of this mission trip was the magnificent river that runs by the side of the village. This river was literally the source of life to the villagers. It provided ‘free’ running water for their everyday needs – cooking, washing, drinking, bathing; and us city folk were just simply taken aback by its cool, refreshing and rejuvenating properties when its strong rushing current strokes past our weary bodies when we went in to bathe and chill.

It has been about a week since we came back from the trip but I’d bet the majority of us still do miss the river dearly. I certainly do. So, as I look back over the moments spent in the mission trip, I am once again humbled that God has spoken very clearly to me about the many things I need to learn from these reflections from the river

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1. Jehovah Jireh (The Lord will provide)

Before the trip took place, the team needed to sort out quite a number of logistical headaches such as securing sufficient number of 4WDs or pick-ups that were able to venture through the rangy dirt track road to the village. Over the course of the final few weeks (or days even!), God continued to provide more and more people who offered their ‘big wheels’ to the mission team. There was even a relative of one of our church youth who stayed in the very town we were going to. He also just happened to have a pick-up truck and helped to buy and transport some of the essentials like canisters of cooking gas and chicken into the village.

When I looked at the list of wheels that was supposed to go into the village, I seriously thought we had more than enough wheels. Again, God showed me that whenever He provides, He does it so that it is always sufficient. On the morning when we started packing the stuff we needed to carry into the village, I was shocked to see the amount of stuff we were bringing in there. However, we managed to pack in all the stuff, needing every last inch of all the vehicles. Amazing. Indeed God reminded me that He is the Lord that provides.

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2. God is in Control

Personally, it was a terrible month to be taking leave from work because I had a couple of critical events that I was managing throughout June. So, when we were driving into the interiors last Friday, I was frequently bugged by some phone calls and SMSes from my office. Suddenly, we entered the area where there was no mobile reception whatsoever. None. Not even a blip. We had been completely cut off from the outside world. No emails. No Facebook. No Twitter. No news.

It was as simple as that. God reminded me that He is in control of things. I learnt to trust Him to handle whatever that was happening in my office and focussed instead on the work He has brought me on this mission trip to do.

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3. Never Too Busy

One of the days, I was talking to one of the ibus of the village and was kaypo-ing about how the villagers cook those wild boars that they sometimes catch. She told me that it was the men who hunted the wild boars who would then cook them too. The boars would not be cooked in the kitchen like other ‘normal’ dishes, but it would be cooked near the houses of the village leaders. Apparently they have some cooking or grilling apparatus there. She seemed excited to show this culinary experience to me so she promised to take me to the men when they were cooking it.

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Some 2-3 hours later, when I was leading some small children inside a tent, this ibu went around and finally found me and beckoned me to follow her to see the grilling of the wild boar now! I was deeply touched that she remembered her promise, put in the effort to look for me, and showed genuine interest in sharing a village experience I would remember for life.

There were others like her as well, these ibus of the village who would spend most of their time cooking, and yet always kept a watchful eye on the kids, and also had this uncanny ability to tell which kid is from which village, and also if there were any new visitors to the village. Definitely many things I could learn from them with regard to sheparding and developing a heart that is never too busy to care for my flock.

4. Poverty is Relative

Some of the youths were sharing that most times, we the city folk tend to go on mission trips with expectations of being able to give and help the poor. When we arrive, we realise that we are the ones who may be poorer than the villagers. Much as we gave a lot during our trip, I am sure we also received, perhaps even more than we gave.

They may not have a lot of material possessions, but they do live a very simple and contented life. They have so much land to play with, refreshing water in abundance, and a warm-loving community, etc. When William asked them about their Goliaths or challenges, none of them raised their hand. I am now begining to believe that they may not have any worries at all!

Many of us who have so many possessions, and yet it is never enough. Sure makes me reflect more about living an abundant and contented life God has blessed me with.

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5. Sharing is Loving

Wild boar is luxury food to the villagers. Although they do hunt these animals with the help of their hunting dogs, it is not everyday that they get to eat wild boar. So, apparently when they heard that most of us have not eaten this delicacy before, they purposely went out hunting the next day and caught a wild boar – specially for us city folk.

Half of the wild boar was cooked in three different manners – grilled, curry and stewed with herbs; and it was more than enough to feed all of us for lunch AND dinner! When we were about to leave on the final day, the villagers graciously gave us more of the wild boar to take home! Looking at the size of plastic bagfuls of wild boar we took back, I would have guessed they actually gave all of the other half to us!

Learning how to share from the villagers is truly an understatement. It is already very clear that they do not have many things, but the manner in which they choose to unselfishly give what they have is truly a remarkable lesson for all.

6. Building Meaningful Fellowships and New Friendships

It is always a joy when you go out with a group of friends to a restaurant where the food served is liked by everyone; or when you go out to watch a movie with a buddies with a similar taste of the movie genre. Likewise, mission trips like this one is always a good foundation to develop meaningful fellowships and discover new friendships with the group I am travelling with and also with the group we are travelling to.

When everyone in the mission team is going in with one overall purpose to share God’s love and bring smiles to their faces, stronger friendships are forged by unforgettable memories from the trip.

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7.  Of Simple Faith and Good Parenting

As a father of two young children, I was really amazed at the behaviour and attitude of the children in the village.

Let’s see: The children were very obedient to their parents; they never shouted back at the parents; they washed their own dishes without being told; they followed in our prayers with child-like sincerity; they were very attentive and participative during our lessons; they almost never whine; they had excellent table manners; they queued up for the food; the older ones would help to feed the younger ones…even if they were from different villages; and on and on..

Certainly gives me encouragement to bring up my children in a similar manner – with simple faith and obedience to God and parents.

8. The Maturing Youths

Every other day, and especially on Sundays when I would most likely see them, our church youths are just ordinary youths. During this trip, they have stepped out and demonstrated leadership qualities. Mission trips does have this extraordinary effect somehow.

It was pleasing to see how all the youths who participated had to literally break themselves out of their own comfort zones and forced themselves onto the next level of ministry – leading the kids in sessions, reaching out to them, playing with them, engaging them, and most importantly, showing and sharing God’s love with them.

I was very encouraged and amazed at how God was grooming the talents of these youths to be future leaders and also active in ministry.

9. Connecting with the God of Creation

In this city, we seldom get the opportunity to pause life and admire God’s handiwork every now and then. When we were on this trip, we were all delightfully greeted to so many wonders of His creation that speaks to everyone of us differently.

For example, every morning we would be woken up by the chilly, misty surroundings, treated to the fresh morning dew formed on the leaves and flowers, stand in awe of the sight of the majestic mountains, etc.

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At night, we would be able to see the myriad of stars seemingly decorating the night sky, lighting it up so brightly that at times they seemed to be within reach of our feeble fingers. Most of us admitted such sights are rarely found in the city, so I am pretty sure it is something we would certainly remember forever.

God’s creation speaks volumes of His power, love and sovereignty. It reminds me who is in charge of the stars, of nature, of all creation – including me.

10. God Heals and Restores

There was an evening when we spent some time playing football with the village men and boy, did we receive a footballing clinic that day. We played two brief games and although we ‘only’ lost 0-3 and 0-2, they really made us run everywhere with their superb passing and control of the game. Their goalkeeper could have literally gone home for a cup of coffee before returning because we almost posed no threat at all! Seriously!

At the end of the session, all of us were so extremely tired and beat. Fortunately, we all had this wonderful river to jump into and rejuvenate ourselves again! What a great illustration of how God continues to heal us in times of need.

Similarly, we often find ourselves so caught up with the rat race and other busi-ness that seems to be a regular feature in our lives. Most days, we would return home extremely tired and beat too. Whilst we all do not have a river to jump into back home, this experience during this trip reminds us all that amidst our busi-ness, we should not lose focus of resting our weary selves in the Lord every now and then.

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God has spoken. Now I need to be obedient and follow the lessons He has shown me through these reflections from the river…

 

The river of God sets our feet a-dancing
The river of God fills our hearts with cheer
The river of God fills our mouths with laughter
And we rejoice for the river is here

(Andy Park)

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The Boy Who Lost His Boat

Whilst doing some light room cleaning-up in my house the other day, I chanced upon some old tracts and one that caught more than just my glance was this tract that had the title ‘The Boy Who Lost His Boat’.

I was greatly inspired by its words illustrating about our love-long relationship with God. it was much lengthier in the tract, but I managed to find a condensed version from the Sermons Illustrations site:

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The Boy Who Lost His Boat

Tom carried his new boat to the edge of the river. He carefully placed it in the water and slowly let out the string. How smoothly the boat sailed! Tom sat in the warm sunshine, admiring the little boat that he had built. Suddenly a strong current caught the boat. Tom tried to pull it back to shore, but the string broke. The little boat raced downstream.

Tom ran along the sandy shore as fast as he could. But his little boat soon slipped out of sight. All afternoon he searched for the boat. Finally, when it was too dark to look any longer, Tom sadly went home.

A few days later, on the way home from school, Tom spotted a boat just like his in a store window. When he got closer, he could see — sure enough — it was his!

Tom hurried to the store manager: “Sir, that’s my boat in your window! I made it!”

“Sorry, son, but someone else brought it in this morning. If you want it, you’ll have to buy it for one dollar.”

Tom ran home and counted all his money. Exactly one dollar! When he reached the store, he rushed to the counter. “Here’s the money for my boat.” As he left the store, Tom hugged his boat and said, “Now you’re twice mine. First, I made you and now I bought you.”

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Have you sailed back to your Creator yet?

 

Sweeping Pride Away

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When the two-time defending champions LA Lakers were paired up with playoff underachievers Dallas Mavericks in Round 2 of the NBA Western Conference playoffs, almost everyone gave Dallas no ghost of a chance at all. After all, this is the Dallas team that has consistently finished the regular season with 50+ wins and yet fail to translate that into playoff success, getting eliminated in the first round on most occasions. In fact, when the regular season was nearing it’s end about a month ago, many of the teams scrambling for 5-8 spots in the West would have been secretly hoping to draw these sorry Mavs..

So, when the Mavs sensationally rallied from 16 points down in the 3Q of Game 1 to beat LA and win the series opener, the entire LA crew dismissed it as a game which was given away. In Game 2, LA couldn’t keep up with the deep Mavs bench and lost, the Lakers still kept insisting that they were the ones who controlled the pace and Dallas were just lucky, etc. There was so much talk about Lakers could reverse their fortunes in Dallas in the next two games and the basketballing universe that centred around the purple and gold would find its equilibrium again.

In another tight 3rd game, LA led like some 7 points in mid 4Q and then apparently went to sleep. Dallas shooters would take over and conjure up (yet) another improbable fightback to push the champs to the brink in a 0-3 hole! And yet, the Lakers were stubbornly denying they were being beat by the better team, kept insisting they had been the better side, blaming luck, not enough stops, etc.

If any NBA team could be beaten when leading a series 3-0, it has to be the sorry Mavs. Perhaps that’s why LA still projected the overconfidence and swagger like they still had a chance to overturn the series and rewrite record books. For the record, no team has ever come back from 0-3 down to win an NBA playoff series. Personally, I have never seen a team trailing 0-3 that oozed so much self-belief, pride (and probably delusional too) in themselves. At the other extreme, Dallas coach Rick Carlise remained firmly on the ground and said that although the score shows 3-0, the Mavs still need to remain humble, but hungry.

In Game 4, Dallas put on a three point clinic, making 20 treys (tying NBA playoff record), whilst dismantling LA 122-86. They didn’t even need superstar Dirk Nowitzki to perform anything extra. Two LA players, Andrew Bynum and Lamar Odom were ejected for flagrant fouls flaring up from frustrations that their team was being embarassed. After the dust had settled, LA were shockingly swept 4-0. Not even Kobe could save them this time. Go Mavs!

This series made me reflect on whether or not there were times in our life that we felt we were so good or confident in something? To the point that it had made us too proud or cocky? Humility can somethings be such a tough virtue to project in today’s world.

Seeing how Dallas stayed focussed and humble throughout the series echoes the words found in Proverbs 3:34, which says, “He mocks proud mockers but shows favor to the humble and oppressed.”

Have you checked your heart today?

Love Song

Whenever Valentine’s Day comes along, the mail boxes and email in-boxes will be flooded with tonnes of love letters of partners devoting their love for one another.

Ever wondered if Jesus were to write one of these love letters, what would it look like?

I believe it may actually look (and listen) like this Third Day classic, Love Song, which was written from the perspective of Jesus expressing His love for us all.

Enjoy!

Love Song – Third Day

Love Song (Third Day)

I've heard it said that a man would climb a mountain
Just to be with the one he loves
How many times has he broken that promise
It has never been done
Well I never climbed the highest mountain, but I walked the hill of Calvary
Just to be with you I'd do anything
There's no price I would not pay
Just to be with you I'd give everything
Oh I'd give my life away
And I've heard it said that a man would swim the ocean
Just to be with the one he loves
All of those dream are empty motion
It has never been done
Well I've never swam the deepest ocean, but I've walked upon the raging sea
Just to be with you I'd do anything
There's no price I would not pay
Just to be with you I would give everything
I would give my life away
And I know that you don't understand the fullness of my love
How I died upon the cross for your sins
And I know that you don't realize how much that I give you
And I promise I would do it all again
Just to be with you I've done everything
There's no price I did not pay
Just to be with you I gave everything
Yes I gave my life away
I gave my life away
Just to be with you
(Lyrics from http://www.elyrics.net/read/t/third-day-lyrics/love-song-lyrics.html)

Are Vices a Christian Tradition?!

Just sharing a recent release from the Council of Churches of Malaysia (CCM) Youth in what I feel is a most appropriate response to an Ustazah who made such claims whilst trying to discourage Muslims from celebrating Valentine’s Day… The complete article from CCM Youth’s website can be found HERE.

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Kuala Lumpur – 10 Feb 2011

CCM Youth issued a press release today expressing concern over the erroneous interpretations attributing Valentine’s Day to Christian teachings and values.

CCM Youth expressed deep disappointment with motivational speakerUstazah Siti Nor Bahyah Mahamood in her derogatory and irresponsible remarks that were aired on national television and subsequently circulated on Youtube®, as having said in Bahasa Malaysia that, “Maksiat, disco, couple-couple bersunyi sunyian, inilah tradisi masyarakat yang beragama Kristian” in her build-up call to discourage all Muslim youth from celebrating Valentine’s Day.

CCM Youth rebuked Ustazah Siti that in her over-enthusiasm, she had based her arguments with unsupported legends and fables and had chosen to use the public sphere to abuse another community’s beliefs with erroneous opinions, which were weakly disguised as facts. Her careless remarks have humiliated the beliefs of others and resulted in creating disharmony by inciting hatred of one community to another.

CCM Youth clarified to the Malaysian public that the commercial practices of Valentine’s Day and Santa Claus have no biblical grounding and basis in Christian teachings. However, just as people of all races and religions around the world celebrated Father’s Day and Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day had been equally celebrated, as part of the global culture to remind everyone to love one another. Therefore, it is not just an exclusive celebration between girlfriend and boyfriend but also a celebration of family love.

In fact, CCM Youth urged everyone to go beyond Valentine’s Day by celebrating EVERY day as a day of loving one another because love is central to the Christian faith.

CCM Youth viewed that Ustazah Siti could have advised the young people to be wise and not be exploited by such blatantly commercialized celebration rather than openly attacking another community’s beliefs without well researched facts.

CCM Youth also urged all quarters to respect every Malaysian’s private space and rights, and to refrain from making untoward statements by attributing all social illnesses in Malaysia to be connected with the Valentine’s Day celebration especially the recent allegations that PAS intended to “police” Valentine’s Day in Selangor.

While this was a very hurtful statement, CCM Youth reiterated that they did not hold anything against Ustazah Siti and sought everyone to do likewise, as the Bible has said through 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 that “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”

Therefore, CCM Youth hoped that Ustazah Siti would apologise to the Christian community in the spirit of unity through diversity.

Thank you.


SOURCE: COUNCIL OF CHURCHES OF MALAYSIA YOUTH


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O Holy Night..

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Thought I’d spread some Christmas cheer this year by sharing  a classic Christmas carol with a modern rock twist by Third Day!

Have a blessed and wonderful Christmas everyone! 😀

O Holy Night (Third Day)

O Holy Night! The stars are brightly shining,
It is the night of our dear Saviour's birth.
Long lay the world in sin and error pining.
Till He appeared and the Soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn. 

Fall on your knees! Oh, hear the angel voices!
O night divine, Oh night when Christ was born;  

Truly He taught us to love one another,
His law is love and His gospel is peace.
Chains shall he break, for the slave is our brother.
And in his name all oppression shall cease.
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
Let all within us praise His holy name.
Christ is the Lord! Oh praise His name forever!
His power and glory ever more proclaim! 

O night divine, Oh night when Christ was born;
Fall on your knees!  Oh, hear the angel voices!
O night divine, Oh night when Christ was Born;
O night divine, Oh night, O night divine;
O night divine
(Lyrics from Superlyrics.com)