Only God is infallible — Jacob Sinnathamby
JUNE 14 — The Bible contains many incidence where kings and the royalty of the BC era lived wanton, unGodly lives and were rebuked by prophets or holy men.
A couple of examples would suffice: Elijah admonishing the evil King Ahab for failing miserably to shepherd his people and Nathan who ticks off King David for committing adultery.
John the Baptist was imprisoned after rebuking Herod for taking his brother’s wife.
What is crystal clear in Christianity, Islam and people of the Book is that only God is infallible. Humans, paupers or princes all flounder, make mistakes and are constantly in need of God’s guidance and mercy.
In fact, probably the most serious sin in Christianity and Islam is to put humans on the same level as God. In short, it would be grievously wrong to elevate royalty or the powerful to a pedestal which no human being can occupy.
We should keep this fact in mind during these trying times in Malaysia where accusations of sedition are being levelled at individuals who speak up.
Respect should be accorded to positions of responsibility in the country but not blindly. Only God should receive our unwavering loyalty and faithfulness and love.
* Jacob Sinnathamby reads The Malaysian Insider.
* This is the personal opinion of the writer or publication and does not necessarily represent the views of The Malaysian Insider.