Almost everyone know in Indonesia now know who is Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, also widely known as Ahok. Ahok started out as Regent of East Belitung in 2005. He was very vocal against corruption and inefficient bureucracy but at the same time also very concerned about poor people and the welfare of his people in general. Ahok then campaigned for 2007 Bangka-Belitung gubernatorial election but was defeated by other candidates. That didn’t stop him to continue to pursue his calling in politics and in 2009 was elected to the House of Representatives (DPR) of Bangka Belitung constituency. Ahok continued his straight forward approach during this period and on 2012 decided to ran along Joko Widodo (Jokowi) in the 2012 Jakarta election. They succeeded in beating incumbent governor and won the election
When Jokowi decided to run for President, Ahok became the acting governor. Following Jokowi’s victory, Ahok succeeded him as governor and was sworn into office on 18 November 2014. During his terms, it is quite often for Ahok to be commented for his bluntness when he is not satisfied either with his subordinates, other government official, even to political parties, especially when he find that either they are inefficient, corrupt or put their own welfare ahead of people’s welfare. This has caused him to gather many enemies and also many sympathizers and followers at the same time. Those who are used to the old, corrupted ways are obviously not happy with Ahok but at the same time many people in Jakarta felt the positive changes that has been brought by the presence of Ahok.
Known as media darling, Ahok garner even wider attention in Indonesia as 2017 Jakarta election is coming soon. His electabilty will be put on test as more and more “attack” will be directed at him due to his decision for running as independent candidate ( not attached by particular political parties). Ahok is depending for ‘Teman Ahok’ a non-profit group with single aim which is to gather enough support of Jakarta people by their ID to pass the minimum threshold due to belief that he should serve the people and not political parties if he is to be re-electes. Whether Ahok will be continuing his term as governor of Jakarta is another question but one thing for certain is Ahok will continue to act according to his character not by testing the water or political conditions.
Do how we act changes according to the situation we are facing? Are we always try to be politically correct? Or do we act according to how God wants us to act? Are we a people pleaser or are we a God pleaser? Can we speak out to those (sometimes powerful and influential) people God wants us to speak to even if it means offending them?
We need to show love to everybody but at the same time also give out corrective measure when required to. Amos certainly didn’t hold back with his words. He laid it out like how God wanted him to tell the Israel people. Jesus turned the money changer table and ruined pigeon seller in the holy temple when he saw this ungodly practices taking place. Even God shows tough love to His children when He states in Hebrew that those that He love, He will rebuke.
Show both love and compassion to everyone but at the same time don’t hold back Godly wrath when it is necessary.
Blessed be the name of the Lord Jesus, Halelujah, Amen!