At the outset, let me introduce myself. I am a pastor serving in a church in Malaysia for the past 26 years.
I refer to the article titled 'Nayanthara’s conversion: Sharp criticism from Christian organization!' which contains a statement by Mr Inian John. I wish to clarify some points because I am aware that Mr John's comments are going to draw even sharper criticism than his own criticism of Nayanthara.
- Mr John is correct on the point that Christianity forbids anyone to covet another person's spouse. The sanctity of the marriage institution has to be respected. This is found in one of the Ten Commandments.
- Mr John has made a sharp comment that Nayanthara has gained the anger of God for her actions. Well, whatever Nayanthara did is her responsibility to be answerable to God, and it was immature of Mr John to judge her actions. It is the command of the Lord Jesus Christ that we shouldn't judge others.
- He also said that Nayanthara would also have to incur the pain for the grief that she has brought upon Ramlath. Again this is not a wise statement to be made by Mr John, because it appears that he is playing god himself and to me, it sounds like Mr John is pronouncing a curse on her, which is absolutely against Christian principles.
I believe anyone from any faith will be saddened when one of their own converts to another religion. There may be many reasons for that, but it is not our duty to judge them for their actions.
What Nayanthara did or did not do is of her choice, and she will have to manage the consequences, whether good or bad. As a Christian, Mr Inian John should be praying for her and not judge her actions.
There are plenty of laws in the Bible and in all religious teachings. They are there to guide us, not condemn us. It is very immature to use religious scripture as a toll for condemning someone. Rather they should be used to teach and build people up.
Nayanthara, if you happen to read this, please forgive Mr John's immaturity. Whatever the choice you have made, just believe that you are always loved by God and He will never forsake you.
And Mr Inian John, if you happen to read this, I beg of you to be more Christ-like in dealing with people. Think about this: