Check out the names of these movers and shakers for 2008 picked by TIME magazine.
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“We have not come into the world to be a number; we have been created for a purpose, for great things: To love and be loved.”
Picture taken with Mr Chiam See Tong, Chairman of the Singapore Democratic Alliance (SDA) party on 25 April 2008.
Update: He is now leader for the Singapore People’s Party (SPP).
Continuing on our “Jesus in the Marketplace” Series, US Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice is President Bush’s national security adviser since 2001. She has been called “the most powerful woman in the world” and “Bush’s secret weapon.” This is her story of how her faith impacts her life and work .
Unlike most evangelicals in politics, Rice has not been outspoken about her views on abortion. She supports parental notification and a ban on late-term abortions but questions the role of government in the larger abortion debate.
Though she has neither affirmed nor denounced gay marriage, she has cautioned Americans to debate the issue with sensitivity because “real human beings” are involved.
“I worry a lot about the government and the church … about trying to legislate morality,” she says. “I worry a lot that what we have done [as evangelicals] is to sound judgmental and exclusive in the way that we talk to people about the role of our faith. Whatever the issue—homosexuality or abortion or whatever—this tendency to speak in such loud and judgmental tones has really hurt the message that we’re trying to deliver.”
“In fact, what’s very interesting to me is that if you think about the way that Christ tried to meet those who did not believe, it was quite opposite. He didn’t shout at them. He tried to meet them where they were.”
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Last week, Barrack Obama finally emerged as the Democratic Presidential Nominee against Hillary Clinton after a gruelling campaign since the beginning of this year.
The final battle now sees Obama squaring off with his Republican counterpart, John McCain for the “hot seat” in being the next US President.
Personally, I am rooting Obama for the next US President as he comes across as a leader who is refreshingly different and truly inspires hope and change that is desperately needed in our arena of politics.
Politics, a “dirty” business
In the past, I used to think that Christianity and Politics do not and should not mix.
That old school of thought was due to the misconception that politics was a “dirty” business that was only for the greedy and power-hungry people.
But now with a better understanding of His truth, I acknowledge that what I initially thought was not completely correct. And as it is precisely a “dirty” business that the more Christ is needed to penetrate the arena of politics and to clean it up.
Christ in Politics
Christianity does not exist in isolation. Jesus sent us into the world to permeate our society and its culture with His love and truth.
In fact, Christianity affects every part of our lives and it isn’t just something we keep for Sundays. We cannot and should not limit God and what He can do through us.
The Church needs to engage our world by speaking up and be heard on issues about everything from economics to education, from defence to healthcare, and I believe a Christian perspective needs to be voiced out on all of these things.
As His Church, let’s get out of the ghetto, and take part and influence in what’s goes on in our world!
“Father, I don’t ask you to take my followers out of the world, but keep them safe from the evil one. They don’t belong to this world, and neither do I.
Your word is the truth. So let this truth make them completely yours. I am sending them into the world, just as you sent me. I have given myself completely for their sake, so that they may belong completely to the truth.”
John 17:15-19 (Contemporary English Version)
Last Saturday, a miracle happened before my eyes. My friend, Thomas received Jesus as His Lord and Saviour.
Thomas used to be my “big brother” during our days in da gang. So you can imagine my mix feelings of unbelief (in a surreal manner) and joy when he said the sinner’s prayer! Ha ha….
His salvation is indeed a testimony of God’s unwavering love for each one of us especially those who are considered a lost cause by people’s standard.
Thankfully God’s standard is always higher than us, man’s. And did I mention that I had been waiting for this day for the past 8 years?!
Wow… Am I bowled over by the love of God!
Thank God for being merciful in saving him from a world of darkness into His marvelous light!