A Chinese Christian was sworn in yesterday as Jakarta governor – one of Indonesia’s most powerful political jobs.
Islamic hardliners are nonetheless protesting Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (pix right), better known as “Ahok”, taking the helm – read Reuters report in Christian Today.
Indonesia, which is home to an 8.8 percent Christian minority, has 21.2 million Christians in its population.
The Philippines, which is home to a 93.1 percent Christian majority, has 86.8 million Christians in its population.
Now imagine if Indonesia’s Christian population doubled to 17.6 percent in a decade’s time.
Christians, though a minority in Indonesia, are still a lot of people
In the year 2025, the population of Indonesia is projected to reach 282,011, 000. If Christians were 17.6 percent, they would number 49.6 million.
In the year 2025, the population of the Philippines is projected to reach 119,219,000. If Christians were still maintaining at 93.1 percent, they would number 111.0 million.
Let’s round up the projected number of Christians in Indonesia to 50 million. That’s almost half the projected number of Christians in the Philippines at 111 million.
At only a percentage of 17.6% in Indonesia, the Indonesian Christians would – in absolute numbers – match up to almost half the total of traditional Filipino Christians who make up 93.1% of the Philippine population.
A parallel for comparison would be India vis-a-vis Saudi Arabia.
Muslims make up 14.6 percent of the people in India but because India has such a huge population, Indian Muslims alone number 177.3 million in a Hindu country.
Muslims make up 97.1 percent of the people in Saudi Arabia but because Saudi Arabia has a small population, Saudi Muslims only number 25.5 million despite the Islam pekat nature of that country.
Indonesia, one of the world’s most populous countries, has the potential to see a Christian boom.
BELOW: Christianity is moving from Europe to the Asia Pacific
Christianity big in the Far East
In 1910, about two-thirds [67%] of the world’s Christians lived in Europe, where the bulk of Christians had been for a millennium, according to historical estimates by the Center for the Study of Global Christianity.
Today, only about a quarter [26%] of all Christians live in Europe, according to the Pew Forum.
You can see from the demographic map above that South Korea is today very Christian while the Christian populations in China and Indonesia are burgeoning.
Christianity is a religion spread by the white man. So how did such a large part of the Asian continent, where people mostly have ‘yellow’ or ‘brown’ skin, manage to become so Christian? After all, Christianity is not indigenous to this region.
Parts of South East Asia have been Buddhist and then Muslim, e.g. the magnificent Borobudur Buddhist temple is in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Other parts of South East Asia have been Muslim/animist and then become Christian, for example the Philippines and Borneo-Sabah-Sarawak.
BELOW: Shinto in Japan
Evangelistas are colonizing the mind
Burma, Cambodia, Laos, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam have Buddhist populations larger than that belonging to the other faiths.
The difference is that the materialistic “ultra kiasu” Chinese in Singapore have embraced evangelical Christianity with a vengeance. Christians are now 18.3 percent in Singapore while Buddhist numbers fell by a whopping 9.2 percent in just over the last decade – read HERE.
Buddhists in other South East Asian countries such as Cambodia and Laos who are not as materialistic as the kiasu Chinese have not been successfully “City Harvested” by the Christian evangelists to the extent that the Singaporeans and Jerusubangites have been.
The staunchly Buddhist country of Thailand (where Buddhism is the state religion) is the one which is least at risk from Christian proselytization. The Christians are less than one percent of the Thai population.
If Japan had not taken the bold and decisive step to totally ban Christianity in the late 1500s and early 1600s – read my posting earlier this morning – she would have suffered the same fate as the Philippines.
Saint Xavier in Penang
Saint Francis Xavier evangelized in India and today the Christians make up 27 percent of the population in Goa.
In 1545, St Xavier was evangelizing in Malacca. The school in Penang, St Xavier’s Institution (SXI), is named after him. J-Star CEO Wong Chun Wai is an old boy of SXI.
St Xavier then went to Kepulauan Maluku in Indonesia. Ambon is the capital of wilayah Maluku. In recent times, Ambon has been the hotbed of violent Christian-Muslim clashes.
In 1549, St Xavier landed in Japan. He made his way to “the centre of Japan, and during 1551 preached in some important cities, forming the nucleus of several Christian communities, which in time increased with extraordinary rapidity“, see the New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia.
He later ventured into China too but luckily and most fortunately for the Chinese, he died in 1552 before he could get much conversions done there.
BELOW: City Harvest Church in Singapore
Asakan bertubi-tubi puak Yahudi Yeoh
In the year 2010, a total of 21 percent (20.9%) of the population in South East Asia were Christian.
By the year 2020, a quarter of the population in South East Asia are expected to be Christian.
How did this trend develop and what path is it taking?
The South East Asian country which is staunchly Christian is former Spanish colony, the Philippines. The only other Christian majority country in South East Asia is the very small, recently independent Timor Leste – a former Portuguese colony.
However, the country most at risk from pendakwah Kristian evangelis is Indonesia where the religious landscape is fast evolving.
British colonialists who ruled Tanah Melayu had the good sense to leave the Malays and their religion of Islam well alone. The Yahudi Yeohs who harbour neo-colonialist ambitions in Malaysia do not share the British sensibility.
South East Asia Christian populations (year 2010)
Source: Pew Forum report
Christians – 40,000
Percentage – 10.0%
Total population – 400,000
Christians – 3,790,000
Percentage – 7.9%
Total population – 47,960,000
Christians – 50,000
Percentage – 3.5%
Total population- 14,140,000
Christians – 21,160,000
Percentage – 8.8%
Total population – 239,870,000
Christians – 90,000
Percentage – 1.45%
Total population – 6,200,000
Christians – 2,590,000
Percentage – 9.1%
Total population – 28,400,000
Christians – 86,790,000
Percentage – 93.1%
Total population – 93,260,000
Christians – 920,000
Percentage – 18.1%
Total population – 5,090,000
Christians – 550,000
Percentage – 0.8%
Total population – 69,120,000
Christians – 1,120,000
Percentage – 100%
Total population – 1,120,000
Christians – 7,030,000
Percentage – 8.0%
Total population – 87,850,000
Total Christian population in South East Asia is 40,000 + 3,790,000 + 50,000 + 21,160,000 + 90,000 + 2,590,000 + 86,790,000 + 920,000 + 550,000 + 1,120,000 + 7,030,000 = 124,130,000 (124 million).
Total population in South East Asia is 400,000 + 47,960,000 + 14,140,000 + 239,870,000 + 6,200,000 + 28,400,000 + 93,260,000 + 5,090,000 + 69,120,000 + 1,120,000 + 87,850,000 = 593,410,000 (593 million).