Indonesia

Country Profile

Indonesia

About Indonesia

DESIGNATION: Hostile

OVERVIEW: Indonesia is the most populous Muslim country in the world, composing 13 percent of the world’s Muslim population. There are five officially recognized faith categories in Indonesia: Islam, Hinduism, Catholic Christianity, Protestant Christianity and Buddhism. Confucianism/Daoism is also recognized. While most Indonesian Muslims practice an animistic version known as “folk” Islam, proponents of radical Islamic ideology have encouraged and engaged in violence against Christians. This strategy has led many Muslims to question their faith and to be more open to the gospel. Bold evangelists are taking advantage of this opportunity to share the gospel, leading many Muslims to faith in Christ.

MAJOR RELIGIONS: Indonesia is a majority Muslim country where many are proud to be Muslim, but few actually attend mosque or otherwise practice the religion. There are small Hindu, Buddhist and Christian minority groups.

PERSECUTOR: The main persecutors in Indonesia are extremist groups and hardline Muslims, who in turn influence moderate Muslims. While the government does not persecute Christians, neither does it consistently defend their rights.

WHAT IT MEANS TO FOLLOW CHRIST IN INDONESIA: Even though it is illegal to proselytize, it is legal, though difficult, for Muslims and others to convert to Christianity in Indonesia, and there is more openness to the gospel than in other Muslim countries in Southeast Asia because Indonesians value harmony. Christians living in cities can worship openly. In rural areas, churches that actively share their faith face persecution from Muslims, local governments and the community. In some areas, small house churches of about 12 people are generally tolerated and allowed to meet openly. Muslims pay a price for converting to Christianity, and even in cities most Christian converts from Islam choose to attend churches outside their community. Those who openly share their faith face pressure from family members because their conversion to Christianity affects the family’s social standing. Muslim families often disown children who come to Christ, sometimes even conducting symbolic “funerals” for them. Foreigners who openly evangelize Muslims are required to leave the country. One Indonesian province, Aceh, has implemented Sharia, or Islamic law.

ACCESS TO BIBLES: Bibles are available in every city, but not in rural locations. It is not illegal to own a Bible, and the Indonesia Bible Society prints Bibles inside the country. However, many live in remote areas where Bibles are unavailable, and others can’t afford to purchase one.

VOM WORK: VOM trains believers, assists with church planting efforts and provides a safe house for front-line workers under threat. VOM also distributes Bibles in the areas of greatest persecution, where there are often no other sources for Bibles or other Christian materials.

WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A CHRISTIAN IN INDONESIA: It is legal to convert to Christianity in Indonesia. There is more openness to Christianity than in other Southeast Asian Muslim countries because Indonesians value harmony. There are five officially recognized faith categories in Indonesia: Islam, Hinduism, Catholic Christianity, Protestant Christianity and Buddhism. Confucianism/Daoism is also recognized. Christians living in the city can worship openly. In rural areas, churches that actively share their faith face persecution from Muslims, local governments and the community. In some areas, larger house churches of about 12 people might be tolerated and allowed to meet openly. Muslims cannot openly convert to Christianity, and even in cities most Christian converts from Islam choose to attend churches outside their community. Those who openly share their faith face pressure from family members because conversion to Christianity reflects on the family’s social standing. Muslim families sometimes conduct “funerals” for children who convert to Christianity, effectively disowning them. It is illegal to proselytize or share your faith. Foreigners who openly preach are asked to leave the country. One Indonesian province, Aceh, has implemented Sharia law. There is one known prisoner of faith, Basuki Purnama, who was sentenced to two years in prison in May.

ACCESS TO BIBLES: Bibles are available in every city, but not in rural locations. It is not illegal to own a Bible, and the Indonesia Bible Society prints Bibles inside the country. However, many live in remote areas where Bibles are unavailable, and others can’t afford to purchase one.

VOM WORK: VOM trains believers, assists with church planting efforts and provides a safe house for front-line workers under threat.

National Flag [ 국기 ]
인도네시아 | Indonesia
Population [ 인구 ]
262,787,403 (July 2018 est.)
Ethnicity [ 인종 ]
  • Hausa and the Fulani
  • Yoruba
  • Igbo (Ibo)
  • Ijaw
  • Kanuri
  • Ibibio
  • Tiv
Javanese 40.1%, Sundanese 15.5%, Malay 3.7%, Batak 3.6%, Madurese 3%, Betawi 2.9%, Minangkabau 2.7%, Buginese 2.7%, Bantenese 2%, Banjarese 1.7%, Balinese 1.7%, Acehnese 1.4%, Dayak 1.4%, Sasak 1.3%, Chinese 1.2%, other 15% (2010 est.)
Religion [ 종교 ]
  • Muslim
  • Protestant
  • Roman Catholic
  • Hindu
  • other (includes Buddhist and Confucian)
  • unspecified
Leader [ 지도자 ]

President Joko WIDODO (since 20 October 2014)

Government Type [ 정부형태 ]

Presidential republic

Legal System [ 법적 체제 ]

Civil law system based on the Roman-Dutch model and influenced by customary law.

Source [ 자료출처 ]

Source: CIA World Factbook

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