I was driving my cell group leader and amongst other things, we talked about Senior Pastor Lawrence Khong receiving some online flak after making anti-gay remarks during ESM Goh Chok Tong’s visit to FCBC.
Being blessed enough to graduate with a social science degree, I am educated about the dynamics of a society and I believe that no human being should be ostracized by his race, sexual orientation or religion.
From young, I have been taught in church to be more accepting and to embrace the people who may be different from us. It is rude to point to an Indian and call him Ah bu neh neh and similarly, it is rude to point to a man and call him an Ah gua.
However this wasn’t the case for Pastor Lawrence Khong, as many believed, when he delivered the anti-gay message in his statement.
I made my point to my cell group leader, and emphasized that religion and politics don’t mix. The Church, despite being on higher moral ground, shouldn’t be telling the Government what should be done for the better of a society. Just because the Church does not believe in same-sex marriage, her role does not include making any form of proposition or appeal to the Constitution that 377A should not be repealed.
In other words, just mind your own business.
If the Church were to have it her way, then every citizen in the country would also have to tithe 10% of his income, since we are already following Christian principles, no?
And that would also mean that abortion is wrong, and while it is still a debatable topic, what if some couples aren’t really ready to have a baby? We don’t outrightly ban abortion here in Singapore, yet that is not the case for same-sex marriage and sex between people of the same gender.
My cell group leader, however, thought otherwise. He casually remarked, “Timothy, sometimes I wonder if you are really Christian or not.”
He didn’t say it on a serious note, but if I were to take it seriously, then I guess as a real Christian, we should be more accepting of others despite all our differences, and that includes race, sexual orientation, and religion, isn’t it?
Fortunately, our very experienced ESM, as wise as he may be, responded neutrally, “You stand by your belief, and you’ll be fine.”
Maybe ESM Goh Chok Tong doesn’t know his Bible, but I think he probably wanted to quote 1 Thess 4:11.
Make it your goal to live a quiet life, minding your own business and working with your hands, just as we instructed you before. Then people who are not Christians will respect the way you live, and you will not need to depend on others.
1 Thess 4:11 (NLT)
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