By Quentin Choy
March 9, 2021
When I first saw the image of Sister Ann Rose Nu Tawng kneeling before two Burmese soldiers, begging them not to shoot protesters, one word came to mind: historic. The nun said in an interview with The Guardian, “I knelt down … begging them not to shoot and torture the children, but to shoot me and kill me instead.” Such an act of sacrifice in an increasingly modernizing, cold world seemed so out of place, as it should.
This act of sacrifice is real compared to so many artificial things in our world now – artificial flavors, lighting, ingredients, relationships, love, and even artificial people as a whole. Her willingness to sacrifice her life for fellow Burmese and for Burmese children reminded me of the scripture, John 15:13, which reads “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends,” referring to the sacrifice Jesus made for his disciples, for mankind, and for you and I.
The political crisis in Myanmar is tenuous, and I hope that diplomatic pressure can be applied by nations to force the military junta out from power and restore Aung San Suu Kyi to power as the democratic leader of the country. While I support the system of democracy as the best form of government, I would oppose plans to send U.S. troops to Myanmar to force the military out through direct intervention and war.
I hope that Secretary of State Blinken and the global community can support a peaceful relinquishment of power from the military back to Aung San Suu Kyi and that peace can be restored to this nation whose journey toward democracy has been bumpy but inspirational to countries nearby including Thailand whose monarchy is also clamping down on dissent. I also hope that if she is restored to power, Aung San Suu Kyi will change her approach in working with the Rohingya Muslims, which has been the primary criticism of both her government and the policies of Myanmar.
Sister Nu Twang’s brave act is an inspiration to myself as a Christian as well, not just in the backdrop of her demonstrating her faith in a majority Buddhist country, but of her using her understanding of peace, justice, and sacrifice taught by Jesus to enact true change.
Image Courtesy of The Times of Israel.