And So It Is Xmas, And Those Churches Still Sealed!

And so it is Christmas…and what have you done?


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  • A good question to put to President Jokowi when dawn breaks over Jakarta on 25th December.
  • The persecuted Christians of Indonesia will certainly be asking it, especially the good people of GKI Yasmin congregation and their HKBP friends from the equally oppressed church in Bekasi.
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  • In all honesty, the answer from the State Palace will have to be a resounding silence, for NOTHING has been done to remedy the sectarian injustice suffered by these innocent Protestants.

I won’t go through all the misery, violence and disgusting treatment visited on these folk over recent years, merely offering you a few links to take you back over what’s gone on.

Jakarta’s Oppressed – Ascension Brass Band Worship! No Sewage, Urine This Year! 

  X-Rated Xmas – Foul-Mouths Bully Christians, As ‘Moderate’Mayor Denies They Exist! 

The last time I went into town to join them was their hundredth service there – they gather every second Sunday – and I’ll darned sure try to show up for at least one of the Christmas events reported in the Jakarta Post…

…Advent on December 20 at 1 p.m., while the Christmas service would be held on Dec. 25 at 2 p.m. All are set to take place in front of the State Palace.

I think I mentioned last time that there was a seat ( they have to bring along the little plastic stools, or just stand there in broiling heat or pouring rain) reserved – but empty, of course – for the President.

Wouldn’t it be a wonderful thing if he decided to walk across the street from his stately home and put give meaning to his frequent words about Indonesia being a land of religious tolerance.

But he won’t. He’s scheduled to be far away on Christmas Day…but what’s he doing on the 20th?

Couldn’t he make their day by proving his oft-quoted commitment to pluralism?