On April 19th, a week after a new church was established, protestors gathered in front of the church and demanded that the congregation take down the cross prominently displayed in front of the building.
The protestors alleged that the church was engaged in proselytizing Muslims. “They were demanding that the church cease operations completely, but we managed to convince them to be satisfied with the church taking down the cross symbol,” said Abdullah, a community elder.
To avoid further confrontation, the church leadership removed the cross two hours later, but the news quickly went viral and generated a storm of protest from many politicians, NGOs and religious groups—including some moderate Muslim groups—condemning the intimidation as “mindless acts of hatred.”
“The cross is a sacred symbol for the Christian community. To force them to remove the symbol is certainly unacceptable and disrespectful to the Christian community,” the Chief Minister of Selangor, Azmin Ali, told a local newspaper.
Praise God for this rare outpouring of support for this church; please pray for the continued safety of this Christian community in Malaysia.
Father, thank You for protecting this church that bears the Name of Christ. We pray for Your continued protection over them and for Your peace to replace any fear. Thank You for the support they received from unlikely sources, and we ask that You fill the Christian leaders with godly wisdom about their church location and the cross. We pray for favor in the community and for Your gospel to pierce the hearts of the villagers. In the Name of Jesus, the chief cornerstone of His Church, Amen.