Photo: soldiers on red alert during a stand-off between Philippine troops and Muslim rebels in Zamboanga city in the southern Philippines
What is the Bangsamoro Basic Law?
The Moro (Muslim) people in the southern Philippines have long fought for independence, and the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), now renamed the Basic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region, is the latest attempt to address the issue. If passed, it would result in the creation of the Bangsamoro, an autonomous Moro region with its own rule of law and governing bodies.
How Would It Affect Christians?
Christians, particularly Muslim Background Believers (MBBs), are unsure as to how the creation of the Bangsamoro would affect their freedom to practice the Christian faith. For example, Sharia law would govern Muslims in the region, but MBBs worry that there would be difficulties in determining whether they should be governed by it as well. And as pressure mounts for the government to approve the law, the threat of an extremist backlash continues to rise along with it.
Congress is currently out of session until the end of May, but will continue to deliberate on the BBL when they return. Some are warning that the delay could result in extremism on the part of Moro radicals who say that the government is intentionally avoiding the passage of the law.
How You Can Be Praying
As tensions rise, please be praying for peace in the southern Philippines.
Specifically pray for relations between Christians and Muslims in the region, and for Christians to use this opportunity to minister to their Muslim neighbors, family and friends.
Pray that God would grant wisdom to the lawmakers responsible for the passage and implementation of the BBL, and that He would be glorified through the outcome.