Day 10

SEPTEMBER | 2022

Indonesia

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

Indonesia has been updating its criminal code, including the chapter entitled Criminal Actions Against Religious Belief and Religious Life. The revisions include several provisions that may be positive for Christians including laws preventing forced conversions, but additions also criminalize those who intend to change another person’s religion which could be read as anti-evangelism. Updates also include expanding the anti-blasphemy laws and do not clarify the already confusing laws around building permits for new or existing churches. Pray that these laws will be a new beginning for arguing protection over the Church, and not be used against the Church (The Bible, Psalm 19:9-11).

Source:

Indonesia’s New Criminal Code Revealed, Modernizing the Controversial Anti-Blasphemy Laws (ICC)

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Having Southeast Asia’s strongest economy, Indonesia is also one of the G20’s wealthiest. It is the world’s fourth most populous nation. It also has the largest concentration of Muslims, yet Indonesia has an astonishingly high level of Christian presence. More than ten percent of the population are Christians, over 28 million people, with church growth continuing to increase. While Christianity is not illegal, provincial laws can override it and Islamic law is sometimes used. Muslim extremists continue to spread anti-Christian messages in the public sector.

CHIEF OF STATE
President Joko Widodo
HEAD OF GOV.
President Joko Widodo
POPULATION
255.9 million
CHRISTIANS
12.9%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
2.8%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Sunni Islam
PERSECUTION RANKING
47
REFUGEES
11,186
LIFE EXPECTANCY
72.45 yrs
LITERACY RATE
92.8%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
11.7%