The last 2 weeks were extremely eventful with 4 candidates campaigning to be the next Elected President of Singapore. There were many views expressed, auguments, criticisms and punches thrown as these candidates reached out to win the voters’ hearts. Netizens were abuzz with camps of supporters going all out to outwit each other. A closely fought election indeed. By 10:00 pm om Saturday, it was clear that the fight was down to Dr Tony Tan versus Dr Tan Cheng Bock. The latter looked set to give the former a big fright of his life taking a lead of 2 – 3%. By midnight, a recount was announced. By then it was rumoured that Dr Tony Tan did a “Man U” and was leading by about 8,000 votes. I knew that Dr Tony Tan will barely scraped through to be the next President of Singapore. Without waiting further, I went to bed at about 2:00 am knowing that I needed to wake up by 7:00 am for my church service at 9:00 am.
As usually, my alarm clock rang at 6:20 am. I reached out for my iPad first. It was confirmed that Dr Tony Tan came from behind and win the election. I woke my wife up and said “It will be President Tony”. She replied “aiyah!”
Sunday morning’s sermon entitled “An Honourable Citizen” was given by Pastor Eric Kwan. It was a most appropriate message from the Word of God to be listening to immediately after an emotional and energy-drained election.
We are reminded (Verse ) that as Christians, our first allegiance is to Jesus as Lord, but we also must obey our government and its leaders. Christians are not above the law, but keeping the civil law is only the beginning of our Christian responsibility. We are to be obedient and to be ready for every good work.
In Verse , we are told not slander anyone, but be peacable, gentle, showing complete courtesy to all peolple. We are also not to live a life in evil and envy, hateful and hating one another ( Verse  ).
Whatever bitterness we have accumulated during the General Election and carried over into the Presidential Election and whatever differences in opinion we may have, let us not have deep rift, let us not be divided, let us not be hateful of one another and let us not set us apart from each other. Let us be united as One People, One Nation. Afterall, only us can continue to grow the seed of unity and make this Little Red Dot a united and multiracial home.
Now that the elections were over, let me give praise to God…