Wednesday, February 19, 2014
LGBT: Lawrence Khong stirs up a storm
The latest post by Lawrence Khong has stirred up a storm at sea which I hope do not make landfall here. May be at some point if not already he would be seen as homophobic but not yet for me. To me he lacks love and yes, he is not clear what love is. But who truly knows what love is anyway? We are all learning and the journey lasts a lifetime. So much of great literature is about love, wondering, struggling over and sometimes enlightening the path. Besides Lawrence Khong doesn't insist that 377A should be enforced. He only ask for it not to be repealed. He is not homophobic as he only resist LGBT from achieving greater space. He will not try to claw back what the LGBT community have gained. He is standing firm but not attacking. LGBT activists are over reacting. Even if Lawrence Khong doesn't or do not know how to love LGBTs, at least he doesn't hate them like LGBT types are from the many comments they are leaving behind all over the place.
Now why are we hearing only him shout about this matter from the tower? Where are the other pastors except from that one church that is gladly welcoming LGBT?
I think Lawrence Khong is afraid that the quiescent majority which are not LGBT friendly will over time turn friendly. When that time comes, 377A will go. To him that would be a very dark day for Singapore because moral decline precedes decline in everything good and worthwhile. In other words, Singapore would cease to exist as it has no moral right to survive. I do not happen to agree with this thesis.
I do not buy his crusading stance, and I think it would not work either. If he wanted to fight this, he should have decades ago. A new and morally liberal generation has appeared on the scene and it is only a matter of time ageing moral conservatives leave the scene. Unfortunately LGBTs are impatient and want to bring forward that day as soon as possible. They can't wait to have more freedom to truly live as equal with the rest of us. Is that asking for too much?
Both camps can go on arguing and calling each other names but none of them decide where this society will go. Quietly the politicians will sense the ground and when the time comes to repeal 377A they will not lose votes doing so. But I don't think it would be that easy. The Muslims have been quiet letting Lawrence Khong carry on with his fight. If anything they are even more anti-gay than the Christians. LGBTs haven't been very clever picking their fight. Unlike the Christians, the Malay Muslim community occupy a special position socially and politically. That could be the barrier they could not overcome until Malaysia and Indonesia also become LGBT friendly. Therefore Lawrence Khong didn't need worry. There are more pressing challenges awaiting him starting with explaining and especially showing God's love. Far away from here Pope Francis is doing a wonderful job at that. Why not learn from him?
Posted by PengYou at 10:41 PM