Lina Joy, the 43-year-old Malay woman who converted to Christianity 19 years ago, lost an appeal to have the status “Islam” deleted from her identity card. The Federal Court made a ruling today that Lina Joy or Azlina Jailani before she became a Christian, will still be legally a Muslim, and she will be under the jurisdiction of the Syariah Court. Read more about his on Malaysiakini and The Star.
The implications of this ruling on her is not just merely about her religion status, but she would not be able to marry her long-time boyfriend unless he converts to Islam as well. As long as the word “Islam” remains on her identity
card, Lina cannot marry her Christian boyfriend, a cook, under the Law
Reform (Marriage and Divorce) Act 1976. And this case will also be used as a precedent in any future court cases involving inter-faith conversion.
People, this might be the end of the moderate Malaysia as we know it. The Federal Constitution of this country guarantees us religious freedom, but the intepretation of it make it practically impossible for ethnic Malays like Lina Joy to renounce Islam?
Book of Romans, Chapter 8, Verse 28 to 39, Bible
28And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose. 29For
those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness
of His Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. 30And those He predestined, He also called; those He called, He also justified; those He justified, He also glorified.
31What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32He
who did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up for us all—how will He
not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things? 33Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34Who
is He that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died—more than that, who was
raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for
us. 35Who shall separate us
from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or
famine or nakedness or danger or sword?
36As it is written:
“For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”
37No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[d] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39neither
height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to
separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
May this verses will be able to bring comfort, peace and strength to our sister-in-Christ, Lina Joy. Yes, if God is for her, who can go against her? Brothers and sisters, don’t just curse and complain about this case. Instead, turn your anger, frustration, hatred, and sadness into prayers. Pray for Lina, pray for your family and friends, pray for the churches, and please pray for our country Malaysia. May the Lord’s will be done!