An incident provoked an interesting discussion 2 days ago.
Henry is a very well off business man in his late 30s. His impressive family profile also ranks him as one of the elites in the Singaporean society. However high up the corporate ladder he is, he has never yield to the temptation of social discrimination. His relatives and friends span from the rich and powerful from high ranking government officials to the regular peasants who drive very modest mass market cars. Frequently, he will meet up with his friends of all sorts outside or at one of his homes for gatherings. To him, the content of character precedes all else.
One day, he arranged to meet up one of his friends, Johnny from the peasants level at his home. However Johnny arrived much earlier than expected before Henry reached home. So Johnny, waited outside his gate with his car engine on. A modest little Honda City. He sat at the pavement and started to smoke. Henry’s sister who lived next door saw Johnny sitting outside was startled by the presence of someone whom she never seen. At the same time, another neighbour also saw Johnny sitting outside. Coindentally, they were about to call the police.
Henry arrived at the nick of time and immediately showed that both of them are acquainted.
I immediately raised the issue of ‘inherent peccant nature’ of humanity. And sorry to say, I asked Henry who was relating this incident, “is your sister a Christian?” Actually I was referring to church participant. Henry replied that his sister is catholic. And I asked, “What if, Johnny was there, but the car with the engine on was an Audi R8?”
Henry’s reply was disturbing, “Then they’d have thought that he was another resident in the area.”
It seems to me in my disputable opinion, that the following profile of Singaporeans have a very demeaning way of classifying people.
(1) Church participants
(2) Highly educated
(3) Wealthy; landed property or condominium residents
Has the participation in church events led people to see only the outward appearance? And I recall the bible did once wrote about how bad it is when the church management welcomes the rich to sit on the chair and drives the poor to sit on the stool.
Not that I want to mortify church participants, but as bike riders, aren’t we also another manifestation of Johnny? Haven’t we also experienced something similar? 10 years ago, I was also involved in a relationship but was discriminated for my poverty stricken family background. Apart from very condescending false allegations, the worst part was when my ex girlfriend’s family was not even the least interested to know about my character. As though my family background, my bike and job speaks all.
During the N-day rally on Sunday, to my understanding which may not tantamount to the truth, the PM raised his concerns over religious activities. Perhaps I was over-sensitive. But I could sense an unspoken dissent in his speech over Christianity when he mentioned about disregard for the feelings of others. And not forgetting the AWARE saga.
People who believe in Jesus Christ. Are they all as superficial and hypocrital as how they consider others to be hypocrites?