Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Devil's Politics

Sleazy hidden cams, flare-ups in and around parliament, frogger politics, gutter politicking, protesters charged and (supposed) protectors charging, and much more. In light of all the crapola happening in Malaysian politics since March 8th last year (including the latest crisis in Perak), that episode in the wilderness bears repeating:

"The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And he said to him, "I will give you all their authority and splendor, for it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. So if you worship me, it will all be yours." (Luke 4:5-7)

Worldly authority (read: political governance!) is in some theological sense 'of the Devil'. Whilst we cannot take this theme uncritically, we cannot ignore the fact that Scripture speaks of political power being for Satan to give to whoever he wants to, at the (marked up?) price of worship.

Malaysia is, to put it mildly, one hell of a case-study.

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