Fifteen non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Malaysia filed a police report against Selangor State Assembly speaker Hannah Yeoh for trying to preach Christianity through her autobiography Becoming Hannah: A Personal Journey sold in bookstores nationwide since 2014.
“She called Christians to come back and build the Kingdom of God. What does she mean by building the Kingdom of God? Which God is she referring to? We believe it is an attempt to spread the Christian beliefs to others. The authorities must take action,” said Mohamed Hafiz Mohamed Nordin, the chairman of Jaringan Muslimin Pulau Pinang (JMPP), a Muslim NGOs.
In response, Hannah Yeoh told FMT News (Free Malaysia Today), “The Kingdom of God was mentioned many times in the Bible about His righteousness governing our hearts and minds. He says to love Him, to love our neighbors as we love ourselves, to reject corruption, to walk humbly, to do justice, to look after the orphans and widows. That, my friend, is what the Kingdom of God looks like.”
These charges arise amidst other religious intolerance occurring more and more frequently. In a Muslim majority residential apartment, Flora Damansara, Muslims insisted that everyone living there must observe the Islamic code of dress. And in another incident, a Facebook post showed a self-service launderette with a sign saying, “Muslim-friendly. This shop only accepts Muslim customers for sanctity factors.”
All these affronts and accusations have resulted in a divided community, pitting one group against the other. Even some Christians are worsening the situation by condemning the other side. Praise God for the Sultan of Johor, the head of Islam in the state where the Muslim launderette is located. The Sultan made a very firm stand against the owner and ordered him to apologize to him and his subjects for the discriminatory policy. Pray for more Muslim leaders like him to stand up boldly against such religious intolerance.
Father, we thank You for Hannah Yeoh, both for her testimony of Christ’s work in and through her and for her Christ-honoring response to the accusations levied against her. We pray for her that she will be protected from legal action, that the book may remain in circulation and that many will come to faith in Christ through it. We pray that in the midst of these tense political times that the pastors and leaders will be bold to preach Jesus’ teaching to love and pray for their enemies. We pray for Christians hearing this message to seek to overcome evil with good, and we pray for Your Holy Spirit to guide them in the way to accomplish that. In the name of Jesus, the Prince of Peace. Amen.