KUALA LUMPUR: A Christian body said today churches are non-partisan towards politics even if Christians are not.
The National Evangelical Christian Fellowship chairman, Eu Hong Seng, said this was because Jesus was a non-partisan religious leader.
“But that does not mean that individual Christians cannot be involved in politics and social activism of the day.
“On this Christmas Day, let us remember the focus of Jesus was always to be mindful of the poor, the needy, the sick, the widows, the prostitutes, the children and the tax collector,” he said in his speech.
He was speaking during a high tea organised by the Metro Tabernacle Church here.
Eu said, in other words, in Malaysia, the churches rightly pride themselves as a positive contributor to social and relief work since their conception, but need to boldly state that the churches stand up for justice, especially for the poor, for the oppressed and the marginalised.
“That explains why the church today is issue-centric and, on some occasions, not even bi-partisan, but almost always non-partisan.
“Allow me to reiterate the church rightly is a non-party partisan politically.
“As she is neither pro nor anti-government or any other political party,” he added.
But he said churches are always pro-justice and pro-righteousness.
“We have Christians on both sides of the political divide.
“So vote we must, and after we have voted, in God we must trust.”
He prayed the peace, prosperity and harmony the country had enjoyed thus far would continue.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Joseph Kurup, opposition leader Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng and others were at the function.
Kurup, who was representing Prime Minister Najib Razak, said Malaysians need to respect each other’s culture and religion.
He added unity and being tolerant were key aspects for Malaysians to progress.
“We have to respect other groups that may have different values.
“We are at our strongest when we are united as one,” he added.