Does Basuki Read James 4: 16?

October 24, 2016

Qusthan Firdaus

As I wrote this opinion, hundred Muslims are rallying towards the City Hall for putting some pressures against the Jakarta Governor Basuki Purnama.

Though he begged pardon for disgracing Qur’an, the legal examination shall be continued by the police according to some, if not most, Muslims.

Moreover, some Muslims believe that Basuki also charged all Islamic clerics use (or misuse?) Al Maidah verse 51 as a tool for fooling Muslims because the latter campaign against the previous in the gubernatorial election.

In contrast, Muhammadiyah and NU did not ban Muslims to choose a non-Muslim leader (Safrin La Batu, “Non-Muslim electable: NU, Muhammadiyah,” The Jakarta Post, October 14th, 2016).

This contradiction might tell us some important things.

On the one hand, the governor is not favorable due to his faith in Protestanism. Here, we should examine thoroughly whether or not he pays attention to Bible.

As a Muslim, I learn a lot from Bible not to mention Torah. The New King James version of James 4: 16 compels “But now you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil.”

Though I have no idea about the historical context surrounding such verse, I think it compels that arrogance is a source of evil.

Not only am I the one who think in such a way but also Sulaeman the Magnificent, the tenth Ottoman Sultan, appeared to do so.

This great, poetic Sultan never despised Catholicism at any rate though he marched across Europe back to 15th-16th century Turkey. Indeed, there was one source saying that he indirectly helped Martin Luther in developing Protestantism.

By conducting military campaign against Europe, the Catholic authority divided their focus and resources between consolidating some European kingdoms to block Sulaeman, and responding the growth of Protestanism.

On the other hand, suppose Basuki is a good Protestant. Then Muslims need to examine whether or not he is a just leader.

Justice in Islam might differ with Protestanism to some extent. The previous explicates adil (justice in Arabic) in which it cannot be outweighed by other virtues such as love and compassions while the latter could do so due to Jesus’ teachings.

However, Basuki’s leadership does not suffice those qualifications yet. He challenges every one starting from his counterparts in the Councils up to God’s words in Qur’an. Moreover, he harms some people in Jakarta by his harsh eviction policy.

Had Basuki read Bible seriously, then he would have never been arrogance at any rate. As a consequence, he implies a negative impression of how a Tionghoa-Protestant politician leads Muslims.

As a Tionghoa politician, he does not reflect harmony as the main virtue in Confucianism. Indeed, harmony in family, geomancy and society ought to be preserved by both leaders and followers.

As a Protestant citizen, he does not take Biblical verses seriously. Indeed, he does not repent his faults yet though Luther puts repentance as his first thesis.

Ever since Basuki phenomenon, our Tionghoa compatriots would perhaps hesitate to serve in politics since most people might easily buy a fallacy of dramatic instance viz., all Tionghoa-Protestant politician must never lead Muslims again because they are likely to be arrogance like Basuki does.

A recent survey conducted by Lingkaran Survei Indonesia (September 28th-October 2nd) found Basuki’s electability was dramatically down to 31.1%. Back to March, Basuki accordingly enjoyed 59.3% electability.

Accordingly, there was approximately 28.2% respondents changed his minds concerning Basuki’s candidacy.

If Basuki does not pay attention to God’s words neither in Bible nor Qur’an, then who does he listen to?

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Tentang Penulis

Qusthan Abqary - I am a lecturer and teach some subjects such as Ethics and Social Awareness, Corporate Governance and Ethics, Business Ethics, Critical and Creative Thinking and others. My research interests are political philosophy, ethics, peace, and war.

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