As Singaporeans celebrated 50 years of our country’s independence, there were many achievements that we could be rightly proud of. The concept of freedom, though, is not generally associated with this country. Critics of Singapore would point perhaps to a lack of political or press freedom as examples of restrictions here.
However, we do enjoy a great freedom here. Freedom of religion, freedom from racial conflicts, freedom from corruption etc. And it is a seeming paradox that has brought about this freedom: a government that has governed in a strong manner; that is, the concept that individual rights need sometimes be restrained for the sake of the greater good. And we can find a similar principle in the Bible.
It says in Galatians 5:13-14 “For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.””
True Christian freedom is not meant for us to live self-centred lives. God calls us to serve our fellow humanity in love. Let us consider how we may do that today.
Let’s pray: Heavenly Father, we thank You for the great freedom available to us in this country. Freedom to pursue our studies and dreams in a safe, peaceful land. Yet, You do call us to love and serve one another. May we do so each day. In Jesus name we pray, amen.