We shall overcome

— Jacob Sinnathamby
The Malaysian Insider
Jul 07, 2012

JULY 7 — How often have you heard this statement? Those who do evil and wicked things in Malaysia seem to prosper but the good-intentioned are jailed, demonised and subject to continuous harassment by the mainstream media and authorities.

Or this line? It is so unfair that the crooked politicians can get away with anything.

These statements are often then followed with a burst of anger and frustration, and a despairing rant about how little we can do to bring the wicked to justice and bring about change in Malaysia.

But there is no reason to despair. I am a Catholic and I also sometimes find myself wallowing in the cycle of “nothing can be done”.

But every time I read Psalm 37 I am brought back to the realisation that the corrupt, wicked, evil will face their day of reckoning.

I put down a few verses which points out that God will reverse things, rewarding the good and punishing the wicked here on earth.

“Do not be provoked by evildoers;

Do not envy those who do wrong.

Like grass they wither quickly

Like green plants they wilt away.

“Be still before the Lord;

Wait for God.

Do not be provoked by the prosperous nor by malicious schemers.”

“The wicked plot against the just;

And grind their teeth at them

But the Lord laughs at them

Knowing their day is coming.

“Those whose steps are guided by the Lord;

Whose way God approves,

May stumble, but will never fall,

For the Lord holds their hand.”

I am sharing some of these verses because there is a danger that sometimes we get too despondent surveying the political landscape and the wanton actions of those in power. We seem helpless to act against the power of incumbency and the use of the institutions of the state.

In those times, we must remember to trust in God’s promise: “I have seen ruthless scoundrels, strong as flourishing cedars. When I passed by again, they were gone.”

  1. #1 by sheriff singh on Saturday, 7 July 2012 - 11:08 am

    Some will still live by the rule of: ‘Live for today’. Or ‘Today First. Enjoy Now’.

    In our next lives we may not know who and what we were in our previous lives.

    Words and maxims may inspire, uplift and encourage but they will mean nothing unless we can influence, effect and achieve the desired outcome(s). Only then will we be fulfilled and feel satiated.

  2. #2 by Winston on Saturday, 7 July 2012 - 11:56 am

    It’s a well know fact that politicians the world over are very, very fastidious about their reputation.
    Because they depend on the goodwill of the electorate to stay in power.
    That’s why even a hint of disrepute is anathema to them.
    But here in this country, you can bear witness to politicians who openly flaunt their sexual deviation, corruption, cheating, lying, scamming and the whole gamut of misdeeds.
    They are very proud of such things.
    And the methods that they use to stay in power are legendary.
    You name it, they have done it!
    From using sex to using money!!
    Hopefully, the PR will be wise enough to use the whole armamentarium of misdeeds, compliments of UMNO/BN, to dislodge them, especially in the rural areas.
    Have trusted locals to give the true news to these inhabitants to set right the misguided news that they have been fed.

  3. #3 by yhsiew on Saturday, 7 July 2012 - 11:58 am

    “Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord.” – Heb: 10:30

  4. #4 by ENDANGERED HORNBILL on Saturday, 7 July 2012 - 12:26 pm

    It seems to all boil down to a match between :

    Mahathri vs Anwar; no, not Najib. Najib is a yes-men, an impotent when Mahathir so much as barks.

    So GE 13, those who want Mahathir back, vote BN.

    Those who want Mahathir laid out to pasture, vote PAKATAN RAKYAT.

  5. #5 by ENDANGERED HORNBILL on Saturday, 7 July 2012 - 12:28 pm

    And, of course, truth be told, Mahathir is a senile racist or, put another way, Maahathir is a racist despite his senility. So Mahathir’s senility runs real deep. Such men should not be allowed to be de facto or devious PMs any more.

  6. #6 by mauriyaII on Saturday, 7 July 2012 - 12:42 pm

    Mahathir ruled the roost for 22 long years. He thought he could continue ruling Malaysia as a de facto PM when he appointed Abdullah Badawi. He could not stand the disappointment when AAB, though a sleepy head, was no puppet to be manipulated. Mahathir schemed and cunningly got rid of AAB.

    Now for intents and purposes he is the de facto PM because Najib is such a wimp and an impotent indecisive leader that Mahathir could replace him at will if he incurs this evil madman’s displeasure.

    The evil and rot in Malaysia will only diminish and ultimately die when UMNO B and its founder, the evil man dies. Hope it is in the near future if not yesterday!

  7. #7 by Jeffrey on Saturday, 7 July 2012 - 1:03 pm

    ///“I have seen ruthless scoundrels, strong as flourishing cedars. When I passed by again, they were gone.”/// How long do we (that includes TBH & family) have to wait when He passes by again? You don’t mean Life on Earth, do you Jacob? The suggestion here is that the Almighty knows who is wicked and who’s righteous though He will not lift a finger against the Wicked and will only laugh (read mocks) at them since they do not know the damnation that awaits them in the Hereafter when and where the score will be settled by the fires on behalf of the Righteous. Are we supposed to take consolation in the Hereafter’s Justice and not here on Earth? What are we supposed to do whilst here? Aren’t we not going to do something for ourselves now but just turn the other cheek? Isn’t it the case that God helps those who help themselves?

  8. #8 by Jeffrey on Saturday, 7 July 2012 - 1:07 pm

    ///But the Lord laughs at them..Knowing their day is coming.///

    Here we have the Wicked apparently -either not knowing their day is coming or simply not bothered – continue sneering with mocked condescension at the Righteous and so far getting away with it. How about that?

  9. #9 by dagen wanna "ABU" on Saturday, 7 July 2012 - 1:15 pm

    Just one little trouble. You see umno is God. In fact umno is the GOD of all gods. Yes, listen carefully. It is not just the GOD “of all gods”, but more than that for umno is the GOD of all the gods of all universe.

    So umno’s words and deeds are truly beyond our comprehension. We must not question them or doubt them. We must just listen to umno; obey umno and do as we are told.

    All hail umno.

  10. #10 by Jeffrey on Saturday, 7 July 2012 - 1:18 pm

    “Do not be provoked by evildoers;Do not envy those who do wrong. Like grass they wither quickly Like green plants they wilt away.”

    Does that not mean also we also don’t presently have to lift a finger and try for eg to vote them out? Just let them carry on and accumulate more sins and account for them in the final reckoning when they meet their Maker?

  11. #11 by Jeffrey on Saturday, 7 July 2012 - 1:19 pm

    Thats why UMNO laughs at us the Wicked

  12. #12 by Comrade on Saturday, 7 July 2012 - 1:38 pm

    The Lord remembers what their enemies have done;
    he waits for the right time to punish them.
    The Lord will take revenge and punish them;
    the time will come when they will fall;
    the day of their doom is near.

  13. #13 by negarawan on Saturday, 7 July 2012 - 5:12 pm

    I just wanted to say to LGE and Betty that we are praying for your family that all the uncalled for adversities and immoral lies by Chua Soi Lek and his MCA followers will be put to a stop, and that God Almighty will make Chua Soi Lek realize that his continued immoral actions are only causing further hurt to his own wife and family, who have been deeply betrayed by his own lustful and irresponsible act. Chua Soi Lek, your sinful acts will surely be punished by God Almighty.

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