Rohingya, a colonial legacy


Matt 5:43 you have heard it was said, Love your neighbour and hate your enemy.

Matt 5:44 But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.

Matt 5:45 that you may be the sons of your Father in heaven…

There are more than 600K refugees in Bangladesh escaping from what is seen by many Westerners as a genocide in the Arakan state in Burma. Is it to whitewash a messy colonial legacy? We don’t see many Western nor middle east nations offering to take in the refugees. Some Arakanese Muslims have stayed for centuries being descended from traders and speak Rakhine. But the Rohingyas speak a Bengali dialect similar to the Chittagonian dialect in Bangladesh.

We have all heard about the love commandments but it is ultimately religious laws that is based on loving ourselves and our neighbours under the Old Testament. There is no grace, but an eye for an eye against those who caused harm. It is only when we realised that we are God’s son and daughters in Jesus Christ, we can change naturally based on our standing. Without the saving grace of Jesus Christ, religion has no solid foundation even the Christian faith.

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