Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Vincent Wijeysingha resigns from SDP

Vincent Wijeysingha is leaving SDP. I recalled writing before that I don't trust him if he remains in SDP. I think he has done the right thing to leave. He can be more useful outside politics. I just read his interview with the Independent and Bertha Henson's article in Breakfast Network.

The gays want to move faster than Singapore society is prepared to do. The time frame is too long term for meaningful politics. This is a slow chisel job and working through civil society is more meaningful and effective.

I am for treating gays are equals to any citizen.

Christian leaders who are resisting the gays for carving out fair citizens' space failed to recognize their own failings. I just came from explaining this to my daughter.

Christians indulge in fashionable sins all the time. Sins that is common have a way of not becoming sins. Jerry White has written a good book on that - Respectable Sins: Confronting the Sins We Tolerate. Such Christians, especially their leaders e.g., Lawrence Khong are like the ones Jesus suggested they could hurl the first stone at the woman caught in adultery if they are without sin. Many Christians have weak moral standing in our society. Over the issue of homosexuality, the Christians are in a dilemma between throwing stones at gays or forgiving as Jesus had the adulterer. They can't throw stones without being called out for their hypocrisy but they also do not know how to forgive like Jesus. Watch them and you will eventually see them walking away one by one. With the gays, they will have to learn to live and let live.

At the right time Vincent Wijeysingha could return to the political arena but I am thinking years away.

And this is for Lawrence Khong and his kind, the Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi. It is grace not just law. No crusades please!

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury,pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen

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