No Perfect People Allowed

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Jonah 1

This slogan is used by THE ROCKS, a church in Perth, Western Australia which pastored by Ps. Daniel Indradjaja, where I am priveleged to become its member during my stay in Perth. As written in their website:

Thus, it is clear that no one is perfect enough before God because we will always little cracks here and there, no matter how much spiritual or moral make-up we put upon ourselves. On the other hand, no one is too messed-up that they can’t be accepted before God and being used by Him.

We found many such example in the Bible where we see Moses, the reluctant leader who was told by God to free His people from the slavery in Egypt. Moses instead proposed Aaron his brother to God mainly due to his (assumed) inability to speak in the public. Moses end up to be one of the greatest leader Israel ever seen and managed to fulfil his duty as Israel’s deliverer from Egypt. Gideon also look down on himself whereby he questioned the decision of Angel of God who tasked him on the duty of freeing his people from the bondage of the Midianites. Gideon required few tests to be performed by God before he agreed to lead the army. Gideon and his 300 become the legend that people still speak of until now.

We can be really glad when we read the story of Jonah because he is the real example that God can use even the mostly unqualified leader to perform His mission. Jonah was asked to perform a simple mission, proclaim to the people of Niniveh that God’s judgment is coming upon them unless they repent. Jonah refused to comply and instead of arguing, he chose to run away from his calling. You know that you know that you can’t run away from God’s calling and the same thing happened to Jonah. God send a great wind into the sea and the ship that Jonah was in was almost destroyed. A great fish swallowed up Jonah and he was in the belly for 3 days and 3 nights. Jonah finally repent and agreed to do the task God given him and give the shortest and most effective sermon ever given and the people of Niniveh repented.

When we look at ourselves, we can make two mistakes, we saw ourselves as over-qualified or under-qualified. The truth is that we are qualified enough to do the mission that God requires us to do, He will enable us to complete his mission with enough skills/abilities, manpower and other resouces necessary for His goals to be accomplished. Always chose to be humble before God but at the same time never allow others or situations to make you feel incapable of performing God’s mission in your life. God never uses perfect people but He uses imperfect people like you and me that are willing to be perfected to do His will.

Blessed be the name of the Lord, Halelujah, Amin

Sources: https://www.therocks.church

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Habis Gelap Terbitlah Terang – Out of Darkness Comes Light

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Amos 9:11-15

Indonesian celebrates 21th of April as Kartini Day to remind women that they should participate in the hegemonic state discourse of development, so that women don’t just perform their duties as a housewife alone but also as a largert part of the societies as a whole. Kartini herself is a prominent Indonesian heronie from Java, mainly advocating for education for girls and women’s rights for Indonesian, which at her time female still regarded as second class gender compared to male.

After Kartini died, Mr J. H. Abendanon, the Minister for Culture, Religion and Industry in the East Indies, collected and published the letters that Kartini had sent to her friends in Europe. The book was titled Door Duisternis tot Licht (Out of Dark Comes Light) and was published in 1911. In her letters, Kartini wrote about her views of the social conditions prevailing at that time, particularly the condition of native Indonesian women. The majority of her letters protest the tendency of Javanese Culture to impose obstacles for the development of women. She wanted women to have the freedom to learn and study.

Most of her desires for Indonesian women come true in this days and age where we witness more and more girls in Indonesia having equal opportunity to education compared to boys. We can also see women taking more parts in the workforce, helping in building better Indonesia. Though in some rural areas these things are not so visible compared to urban areas but it is clear that Indonesia as a whole is moving towards Kartini’s dreams and visions.

In the book of Amos, we can almost see doom and gloom, judgment after judgment being passed on the Israelites. Period of darkness was coming to Israel and these prophecy would come with no delay. Luckily Amos didn’t conclude in chapter 9:10 because the last five verses are the key to the whe book of Amos. God promised that His purpose was not annihilation but restoration. God promised that: leadership will be restored, broken places would be repaired, lost land would be replaced, hope for prosperity would be renewed. The book of Amos finishes with a hopeful vision of the future, out of darkness into the light.

We can be in a position of darkness right now, doom and gloom are above our head but regardless of our current situation, we can always hope in God for a better future ahead of us. The goal of God is always restoration, not annihilation because if that’s not the case then Jesus wouldn’t came to Earth 2000 years ago as our Lord and Saviour. If God is an angry and sensitive God then He would just banished Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden, the end of story. Luckily, God is a full of love and long-suffering God. He send His Son Jesus Christ to die on the cross so that none should perish but have eternal life. He will restore us from our sickness, lack of wealth, family problem and also gives us breakthrough in our career, business, education even marriage if we believe in Him and depended our life on Him. Jesus came so that we might have life, and have it in abundance.

 Jeremiah 29:11 – For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord , thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

Blessed be the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, Halelujah, Amen!!

Power tends to corrupt. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.

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Amos 5

Suharto, the 2nd President of Indonesia, whom some people referred to as The Smiling General is a well-known figure in our country, holding the office for 31 years from the ousting of Sukarno in 1967 until his resignation in 1998. He is a controversial figure beginning from when he took power from Sukarno from 1967 till his death in 2008. Suharto managed to construct a strong, centralised and military-dominated government which enable him to maintain stability in diverse Indonesia. His anti-communist stance also won him the economic and diplomatic support from the West during the Cold War. For most of his presidency, Indonesia experienced significant economic growth and industrialisation, dramatically improving health, education and living standards.

In the downside, Suharto had encountered many human right issues. Indonesia’s invasion and
occupation of East Timor during Suharto’s presidency resulted in at least 100,000 deaths. By the 1990s, the New Order’s authoritarianism and widespread corruption were a source of discontent. According to Transparency International, Suharto is the most corrupt leader in modern history, having embezzled an alleged $15–35 billion during his rule

It is easy for us to point fingers at Suharto or other corrupt leaders that we know of. However as Lord Acton has stated, “Power tends to corrupt. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Have we been in their positions, will we do better?

The same situation happens in Israel during Amos period. The angry prophet, the label people sometime put on Amos, condemn Israelite leaders who fail to provide justice for their people. Those leaders put their own welfare beyond their people: abandoned morality, confused values, corrupted, took bribes, taxed the poor, deprived people of social justice in court, etc. The sad part is that these leaders weren’t even aware for their corruption, which is why Amos warned them in Amos 5:18 that when the day of the Lord come, it will be a dreadful day of judgement, not a joyful celebration.

Let us not become a judge for others, but instead analyse our own situation lest we become a stumbling block. When we are given a position of leadership or influence, do we use it for our own merit or do we aim for the merit of the team? Have we always try avoid responsibility and blame others or situation for failure? Do we held ourselves accountable to higher leader(s)?

Do remember at the end of the days, what matters is not how much wealth have we accomplished or  how successful is our career, business, even ministry compared to others. What really matters is have we achieve God’s purpose in our lives? Have we been responsible to whatever God has entrusted in our lives which include our family, vocation and organization that we are leading? Let’s hope when one day we reach heaven, God greet us by saying: Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.

Glory to our Lord Jesus Christ who deserves all the honour and worship.

Source: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suharto

KTP Gue Buat Ahok – My ID Is For Ahok

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Amos 4

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!

Source: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basuki_Tjahaja_Purnama

Dipulihkan seutuhnya, mau ???

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Yeh 45-48

Tema dari GBI Jl. Gatot Subroto di tahun 2016 adalah tahun pemulihan seutuhnya – The Year of Total Deliverance. Ketika kita berbicara tentang pemulihan seutuhnya maka saya percaya bahwa hidup kita dipulihkan bukan hanya dari satu aspek saja, tapi seluruhnya yaitu kesehatan, keuangan, hubungan keluarga, jodoh (bagi yg jomblo), karir, rohani, dlsb.

Kenapa kita butuh pemulihan? Karena dunia yg kita tinggali saat ini adalah dunia yg tidak ideal, dunia yg sudah jatuh ke dalam kutuk dosa sehingga mengakibatkan permasalahan yg terjadi saat ini: kejahatan, pembunuhan, perceraian, sakit penyakit, aborsi, keguguran, kemiskinan dlsb. Sebab itu untuk mengalami pemulihan seutuhnya

Cara yg paling efektif adalah dengan mengembalikan ke kondisi yang semula, keadaan dimana manusia tanpa dosa, keadaan dimana manusia berada dalam kekudusan yg sepenuhnya, sinless environment (keadaan nir-dosa). Ini adalah apa yg di-ilustrasikan di dalam Yeh 47 bagian A dimana dikatakan bahwa air dari bait suci itu mengalir keluar ke seluruh kota dan menumbuhkan aliran air hidup kemanapun aliran itu mengalir.
Seberapa banyak seorang individu atau kota bahkan negara dapat dipulihkan seutuhnya tergantung dari seberapa banyak air itu mengalir dalam hidupnya. Air itu melambangkan Firman Tuhan dan manifestasi kuasa Roh Kudus yg menyertainya. Seberapa banyak Firman Tuhan dan Roh Kudus mengambil alih hidup kita menentukan seberapa banyak hidup kita dipulihkan kembali ke posisi kita yg selayaknya yaitu posisi kita seperti Adam dan Hawa sebelum mereka jatuh ke dalam dosa ketika di Taman Eden dulu.

Sebab itu baiklah kita melatih diri kita hari lepas hari menjadi manunggal dengan Kristus dan firmanNya dengan tuntunan daripada Roh Kudus sehingga kita akan melihat hidup kita hari lepas hari dipulihkan dalam berbagai aspek dan makin menyerupai Kristus.
Terpujilah nama Tuhan kita Yesus Kristus. Haleluya, Amin!!