ADVERTISING
 
Friday, September 22   Sign in or Register
 
Evangelical Focus
 
Flecha
 
ADVERTISING
 
 
FOLLOW US ON
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Google +
  • Instagram
  • Soundcloud
 

Newsletter
Newsletter, sign up to receive all our News by email.
 
 

POLL
Nature
Is creation care seen as a priority in your church?




SEE MORE POLLS
 

 
TOP 10 MOST VIEWED



Jakarta
 

Indonesian Christians fear rise of violence after Islamists call to punish ‘blasphemy’

“Pray that God will protect the churches in the country”, say believers after 50,000 Muslims rallied against alleged “blasphemy” of Christian Governor of Jakarta Basuki Ahok Thahaja Purnama.

SOURCES Jakarta Post, Evangelical Focus, BBC, CNN AUTHOR Evangelical Focus JAKARTA 04 NOVEMBER 2016 17:01 h GMT+1
Protesters take a thoroughfare in Central Jakarta on Friday during the rally. / Jakarta Post

The hard-line Islamist group “Islamic Defenders Front” (FPI) organised on Friday a massive protest in the Indonesian capital city to demand the criminal prosecution of Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Thahaja Purnama, on allegations of “blasphemy” against the Quran.



Since Thursday evening, the The Jakarta Post reported, tens of thousands of people from Greater Jakarta and other cities gathered at the Central Jakarta’s Istiqlal Mosque to prepare for the rally.



 



Protesters greet each other in Petamburan, Central Jakarta as they head out to join the large-scale rally. / Jakarta Post



21,000 police officers were deployed to protect the centre of the city. Hundreds of female officers wearing hijabs standed in front of the Presidential palace in hopes of calming protesters.



The police said an estimated 50,000 people took part in the demonstration.



Many shouted inflammatory slogans, such as “Kill Ahok for insulting Islam” and “Only Allah could forgive Ahok! Not we!”



The demonstration effectively shut down central Jakarta.



 



Some of the protesters. / AFP



WHO IS THE CHRISTIAN GOVERNOR?



Governor of Jakarta Ahok is a Christian, and Indonesian of Chinese descent in the country in the world with the biggest Muslim population.



Ethnic Chinese make up about 1% of Indonesia's population of 250 million people.



Ahok is a key ally of President Joko Widodo and was his deputy when Widodo was governor of Jakarta. Ahok is now the frontrunner in the 2017 gubernatorial race.



Islamists say that Ahok, who is a Christian of Chinese descent, should not administer a Muslim-majority city. According to the CNN, these radical groups had previously quoted a verse from the Quran at a rally, which warns against Muslims allying themselves with non-believers.



 



More protestors in Jakarta. / EPA



Muslims in Indonesia are believed to be largely moderate and the country's largest Islamic organisation, Nahdlatul Ulama, has advised its 40 million members not to take part in the protest.



 



“AHOK STUDIES HIS BIBLE EVERY DAY”



A Christian in Indonesia said the Ahok is a strong Christian: “He believes in Jesus Christ, reads and studies his Bible every day and finds it to be his source of strength.”



“He is very direct, extremely brave, looks after the poor, intelligent and above all he is a child of God. He fought against corruption, raised the standard of living and did many many other initiatives. The people love him. But in doing so, he attracted many enemies. His enemies have tried anything from death threats, put him on trial of all kinds of accusations and even openly cast black magic spells on him.”



The Christian source said believers fear intolerance against Christians would escalate in the country. “The social media has photos of Muslims working house to house in the past few days trying to pinpoint where the Christian homes are in order to prepare themselves with a list of targets.”



 



“PRAY THAT GOD PROTECTS CHURCHES”



Christians ask to pray that “God protects His churches and believers throughout Jakarta and Indonesia as the threat has extended to cover the entire nation.”



Pray that God protect the Chinese minority that in the past has been target of violence” and that “President Jokowi, who is trying to maintain order, may be given power to calm the Muslim leaders and to maintain peace and order.”


 

 


0
COMMENTS

    If you want to comment, or

 



 
 
YOUR ARE AT: - - Indonesian Christians fear rise of violence after Islamists call to punish ‘blasphemy’
 
ADVERTISING
 
 
 
AUDIOS Audios
 
Michael Schluter: Relationships are the key to build Europe Michael Schluter: Relationships are the key to build Europe

The economist summarises the manifesto “Confederal Europe: Strong Nations, Strong Union” and explains why personal relationships should be at the centre of our economy, education and democracy. 

 
Gary Wilkerson: The Bible, the Holy Spirit and the Reformation Gary Wilkerson: The Bible, the Holy Spirit and the Reformation

Pastor Gary Wilkerson talks about what all evangelical Christians can learn from the Protestant Reformation and underlines the need for more churches with both a sound doctrine and obedience to the Holy Spirit.

 
Lindsay Brown: Islam and the Gospel in Europe Lindsay Brown: Islam and the Gospel in Europe

Is the arrival of thousands of Muslims to Europe a threat to Christianity? What is the growth of evangelical churches in Eastern and Southern Europe? An interview with theologian and Lausanne Movement representative Lindsay Brown.

 
Efraim Tendero: Relationship with Roman Catholicism and other current issues Efraim Tendero: Relationship with Roman Catholicism and other current issues

The World Evangelical Alliance Secretary General participated in the Italian Evangelical Alliance assembly (Rome, 8-9 April). In this interview with Evangelical Focus, Bp Tendero talks about the need to listen to local churches and to face challenges like the refugee crisis and climate change. 

 
Evi Rodemann: Youth and mission Evi Rodemann: Youth and mission

“We want to see the youth not just being equipped, but also being multipliers”, Evi Rodemann director of Mission-Net. The European Congress took place in Germany from December 28 to January 2.

 
Greg Pritchard: European Leadership Forum Greg Pritchard: European Leadership Forum

Pritchard explains the vision of ELF, comments on the 2015 event in Poland and reflects on what it means to have an "evangelical identity".

 
Pablo Martinez comments on Evangelical Focus’ launch Pablo Martinez comments on Evangelical Focus’ launch

Author and international speaker Dr Pablo Martínez discusses the main challenges in Europe nowadays and hopes Evangelical Focus will be a useful tool to help build bridges between churches and society.

 
PICTURES Pictures
 
I am not on sale I am not on sale

Young Christians gathered at Madrid’s central square Sol to denounce human trafficking. A flashmob highlighted the work of three evangelical NGOs which support women who escape sexual slavery in Spain.

 
Stamps to commemorate the Reformation Stamps to commemorate the Reformation

Poland, Lithuania, Namibia and Brazil are some of the countries that have issued special stamps on the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s 95 theses.

 
‘Reconciliation’ in the Basque Country ‘Reconciliation’ in the Basque Country

Bilbao hosted the Spanish Evangelical Alliance's annual meeting (assembly). Politicians, professors and evangelical representatives shared views on social reconciliation. The theme was also analysed from a theological perspective and in workshops. 

 
WPF17: A look at the world’s current issues WPF17: A look at the world’s current issues

A selection of pictures of World Press Photo 2017.

 
The Progress of Europe, deeply connected to Bible The Progress of Europe, deeply connected to Bible

Indian author Vishal Mangalwadi spoke about how the biblical worldview shaped the West. 300 professionals attended annual GBG meeting on faith and work in Cullera (Spain). Photos: J.P. Serrano, S. Vera.

 
Impressions of Lausanne's #ylg2016 Impressions of Lausanne's #ylg2016

Around 1,000 young Christian leaders from 150 countries are participating in the 2016 Lausanne Younger Leaders Gathering, to reflect on global mission.

 
“Spain, we pray for you” “Spain, we pray for you”

Hundreds of evangelical Christians from many denominations marched in Madrid (Spain) to pray for their city, the authorities and asking God to bring hope to its society. Many gathered in other cities on June, 11.

 
VIDEO Video
 
“It is inconsistent to say we love the Creator while we destroy His creation” “It is inconsistent to say we love the Creator while we destroy His creation”

In creation care, “we need more people who lead by example”, says well-known Brazilian politician and activist Marina Silva. 

 
Human traffickers recruit girls and boys online Human traffickers recruit girls and boys online

The new video of the European Freedom Network addresses the dangers of social media. 

 
“Remember you are dust” “Remember you are dust”

Vaughan Roberts speaks from 25 years of ministry experience to share four lessons on staying the course as a Christian, despite ongoing battles with the world, the flesh, and the devil.

 
Walk Walk

A two-minute video on the meaning of Jude 24.

 
Playmobil animation on Luther’s life Playmobil animation on Luther’s life

British video platform GoChatter uses 4,000 individual photos to create stop motion video on Martin Luther's life.

 
Individualism: from the Protestant Reformation to 21st century capitalism Individualism: from the Protestant Reformation to 21st century capitalism

Indian author Vishal Mangalwadi on how the Protestant Reformation underlined individualism as a means to please God, and how secular Europe corrupted it.

 
Students in Europe: “We are present” Students in Europe: “We are present”

A summary video of the IFES Europe conference which brought together 1,700 students from many countries in Aschaffenburg (Germany) to reflect on God's mission in society.

 
Philip Yancey interview Philip Yancey interview

An 8-minute interview with Philip Yancey on the role of Christians in a secularised society. Recorded in Madrid, September 2016.

 
An interview with Prof. John Lennox An interview with Prof. John Lennox

New atheism, the definition of "faith", Christianity in Europe, the role of the Bible in mission, and the need to listen more. An exclusive interview recorded at "Forum Apologética" (Tarragona, Spain) in May 2016.

 
 
Follow us on Soundcloud
Follow us on YouTube
 
 
WE RECOMMEND
 
PARTNERS
 

 
AEE
EVANGELICAL FOCUS belongs to Areópago Protestante, linked to the Spanish Evangelical Alliance (AEE). AEE is member of the European
Evangelical Alliance and World Evangelical Alliance.
 

Opinions expressed are those of their respective contributors and do not necessarily represent the views of Evangelical Focus.