General Election is just round the corner. Even before the official announcement, we see a foray of news reports and grassroots activities with the Sunday walkabout by both the ruling and opposition parties. In other nations, we see a great political struggle as the one in Thailand. The drama unfolds on our daily dosage of news reports on TV. When the time comes, many Singaporeans will exercise our
civic duty to cast our ballot (if the opposition challenging the incumbent in our constituency).
The public square is an area where God also calls his faithful to serve, in and on His behalf. We see examples of civil servants such as Daniel, Joseph being more prominent, but also Mordecai, Nehemiah etc. God does not only calls His faithful to a service into ministry of the word and church related work, but also through His providential will to place them in position of service to people.
This does not necessary mean that such service has to be in an explicitly Christian environment. Very often, we see God placing them in so called ‘secular’ environments, many times hostile to the Christian faith. Consider Babylon. Their service, regardless of people group and religious background, served their host nation well with faithfulness and godly values. One of our contemporary was Justice Lai Kew
Chai, who has recently gone home to be with the Lord.
Ultimately, God is the governing authority. He is either God of All or not God at all. Apostle Peter writes,
‘Submit yourselves for the Lord's sake to every authority instituted among men: whether to the king, as the supreme authority, 14 or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right. 15 For it is God's will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish men. 16 Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants of God. 17 Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the king. 2 Peter 13:17. As good citizens of this city nation, serve the nation well, with the love and humility of Christ. Stand firm to the values of Christ, for the sake of our brothers and sisters in Christ, our
neighbours and our children.
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