It has been quite a year for anyone who's got an eye on all things LGBT in sunny Singapore. It started at the beginning of the year with the Health Promotion Board's FAQ on sexuality, followed by the wear white movement (to protest against Pink Dot) initiated by a Muslim and supported by Pastor Lawrence Khong of FCBC. Check out the sea of white in the auditorium they were in. Then came the National Library Board's saga over 3 books that they banned that had the whole nation talking.
I guess all these events could have been used as conversation starters and must have also provided much food for thought. Many articles and blog posts have been written both for and against these issues raised. But what's been ignored has probably got to be the closeted gay Christian found among various sanctuaries in this country.
How has this minority of minorities been supported this year? Could there be an FCBC member silently struggling with his or her sexuality but unable to express their thoughts in this militant atmosphere? Has the need to be right usurped the call of Jesus to love your neighbour as yourself?
Still, not all hope is lost. There has been at least one pastor from Grace Assembly who tackled this issue one Sunday morning. It was the middle of the year and he opened his sermon by pointing out how some people wore pink and others white. That must have captured the attention of many as the congregation waited in rapt silence. He then read a letter of a gay Christian from his church and declared that the church would be exploring how to provide support groups to these people in the near future. "That's progress," I thought.
Well, as the year closes, I would pray for Christians to be more understanding and seek to be better educated on all things LGBT. "All things work together for the good to those who love God", and with that, I hope that all these events would work together to create more loving Christians in 2015.
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