Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
Warm greetings from the Bishop’s Office.
Nominations for the coming General Elections (GE 13) have been finalized. In the coming two weeks, Malaysians will experience the most intense period of campaigning we ever had in our nation’s history.
As Malaysian Christians, this is the time for us to rally together to uphold our beloved country with our prayers, as well as to exercise our duty as citizens who are concern for the well being and future of Malaysia.
From now until 5 May, the Bishop’s Office would like to encourage all LCM congregations to organize special meetings and programs in preparation for the GE 13. Here are some suggestions to what congregations can do together:
1. Hold morning/evening prayer meetings so that our members can come together to intercede for a smooth and peaceful election. For more creative ideas in this area, please refer to the information and powerpoints provided by Prayer United, which is an ecumenical prayer movement. (See attached.)
2. Hold a special prayer vigil on 4 May, which is the eve of Election Day.
(Note: Some congregations might want to consider shifting the Sunday worship service to the night before so to enable more of our members to return to their constituencies to cast their vote. The Saturday night service will also provide more time for our members to pray together. The Bishop’s Office do allow such a one-off arrangement on the basis that this is really a unique situation as previous general elections were not held on Sundays. However, please ensure that all your members are informed IF there is a change in service time.)
3. Without being partisan, pastors and church leaders are to encourage our members to consider the issues faced by our nation, and to understand the positions/manifestoes of the different political parties and their respective candidates. For this purpose, the Council of Churches Malaysia has also produce a video to educate Malaysian Christians. You can view this at:
4. Do strongly urge your members to exercise their Christian and civic responsibility to vote on 5 May. Pastors are to call to lead by example, even though we understand that having to do so on Sunday is a challenge. However, with proper planning in advance, we all can return to our constituencies to cast our votes. As another bishop reminded us, our vote is not only secret, it is sacred too.
Finally, let us all unite our hearts in prayer, and vote for a better and brighter Malaysia.
Bishop Philip Lok
“I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth.” Job 19:25