|Singapore - gay equality is coming soon. A loosing battle for the church|
Greetings to all. I would like to thank MM Lee KY for his courageous decision to open the channels for basic rights for all irrespective of our sexual preferences. He did not walk away from fighting the communist or for an independent
In the Journal of Religion and Society a study was done to test the assertion that religion makes people behave better. The opposite was found to be true: 'In general, higher rates of religious zeal such as the US correlate with higher rates of homicide, juvenile and early adult mortality, venereal diseases, teen pregnancy and abortion'. The countries that have accepted gay unions performed much better. I believe that Christianity can be agents of blessings when it is founded on compassion, kindness and love to be a hand of the Jesus to those who can least defend themselves and not the hand to throw the first stone. However, when we are legalistic, self righteous, and persecute the weak and the defenseless, we may lead the nation to national disaster as the Jewish zealots did in AD70 resulting in the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans.
Those of religious faith should not draw swords because we might cut off the ears of the hearers and they will need healing. Religious text verses used to condemned gays are in the context of worshipping certain gods. It is a sexual religious practice performed by all adherents and not a condemnation of gays per say. Those who are overtly religious should be consistent and follow all the Mosaic and Letivical laws before using it very selectively to condemn others. The early believers found the Judaist most annoying and I can understand why as we have some of their descendents here today. Jesus harshest words of condemnation were for the religious right of His day. But we are so afraid of "touching the anointed" of the mega churches forgetting that we worship Jesus not men. The Prophetic Voice must go out to the churches just as Nathan spoke to David when there was grave injustice committed.
Christianity has already sidelined a lot of people and have stumbled them and locked the church doors. I do not believe that the Christian faith in particular is called to be a Police business rather it is called to be a fishing business. Don't we all have to one day answer to the One above? For people of faith, our words carry authority as representatives of the One above. When we throw stones, much hurt results and people hide from us and our faith. We have Benny Hinn , who once said that God will destroy the Gay community in the States by 1994,95. When we used the name of the Holy Spirit loosely, we hurt the reputation and credibility of Christ. Let's not hurt anymore, and be agents for justice and equality and accept people equally irrespective of their race, color, sex, and sexual orientation that every Singaporean will come to their full potential to make this a great nation. Our Gay Sons and Lesbian Daughters are Singaporeans too and deserved basic dignity. They have waited long enough for that which we have taken for granted.
We lived in a society where there are basic rights of freedom and these freedoms are protected by the Law. Let's give others the freedom, mercy and grace to be different because that will make Singapore great. There is room for everyone in Singapore. But do you have room in your heart? Is there room for Jesus at the Inn! No, but at least they had the stables. Jesus is standing there at the church door and He is knocking at the doors at the mega churches of Singapore. His representatives will not be the rich, the powerful, or the religious, but the outcasts in society for Jesus came for such as this.
Instead of welcoming the Gay community, the Church of Savior Singapore (COOS) under Derek Hong recently issued an urgent call to the Christian community in Singapore. Entitled "Urgent Matter of Great Importance - Penal Code Amendments", it calls for Christians to send letters to the Govermnet feedback unit against legalization of Homosexuality. He claims that the "Gay & Lesbian Lobby is working overtime to have the law changed so that our nation becomes increasingly amenable to its agenda which is as follows:
We hide behind the cover of the bible with a Holy appearance, but those whom we persecute will see through our hypocrisy and the name of Christ will be hurt instead. We know that the church is behaving carnally when it over exaggerates the facts to create an environment of fear and deception. It claims a "Gay & Lesbian Lobby working overtime", when this lobby consist of a few courageous individuals whilst the rest is in hiding. This few individuals are coming against the large base of the church. There are very few in the Gay lobby but God is with them. The 5 or 6 agenda apparently of the Gay lobby is outright lies as it only seeks for the legalization only. When we come against the outcasts by half truths and exaggerations, we are coming against God and God Himself will see to it that the full spectrum of Gay rights will come sooner rather than later.
The great apostle Paul found grace in the desert road to Damascus. God blinded his eyes, a reflection of the blindness in his heart. He thought He was fighting FOR God! I thank MM LKY for his wisdom and courage to see into the near future. Do we really need divine intervention? As the waters of justice roll downstream with increasing strength let us not kick against The Stone - Christ Jesus and persecute God when we persecute Gays. Instead, let us swim together and return to the fishing business and catch the rainbow fishes now appearing in our nets and not throw them back into the river. There is a river, a river of God for Jesus is coming back and before He comes back, the church doors will be opened for all, and if need be, the veil will be broken. God is marching on to battle for the Gay community that His Love and Salvation may be known to the last tribe on earth. Let us not fight against God and be found blinded.