While I guess most of us have already taken sides and have chosen to believe the version of the story we want to believe, we should bear in mind that the truth is not out yet.
Anyway, just a few things on this…
The one who states his case first seems right,
until the other comes and examines him.
(Proverbs 18:17 ESV)
Some people seems to think just because they are LHY and LWL are family members, they would not lie about their own brother, but is that necessarily so? Haven’t we all heard of stories (or even experiencing it firsthand) where family members plotted against each other because personal interests?
Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.
(1 Peter 2:17)
Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior…
(1 Timothy 2:1-3)
In Singapore context, the “king” means the head of the country– that is the Prime Minister.
Ever since the story broke out, I have seen countless posts on social media which used some pretty unsavory and even defamatory language on PM Lee. Unfortunately, many of them were written by fellow Christians I know.
Aside from the fact that they were pre-judging him without solid evidence, they need to ask themselves if God would approve of their lack of respect?
IMO, many of them are like the fool described in Proverbs 18:2 who “takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion“.
Lastly, let’s take a look at the very well-known passage on submission to authority…
Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil. Therefore you must be subject, not only because of wrath but also for conscience’ sake.
Least we forget, back in Paul’s days, the governing authorities were the Romans, and they could hardly be called a godly or benign government, but nevertheless, he still instructed the believers to be “subjected” to them, as he recognized government is an ordinance of God.
For those who disagree with me, please take it up with God.
*Someone asked me what if the siblings’ story is correct? What if PM Lee was indeed abusing his power? Do we still need to show respect to a leader like this?
My answer is: Do not be too quick to jump to conclusions. Reserve your judgment till PM Lee addresses the Parliament on 3 July. If he is truly in the wrong, then God knows how to deal with him… and He knows it better than any of us.*