Uphold Accountability for Christ’s sake

Accountability is never an easy topic to discuss and is never without its controversies.

With people adopting a more preferred liberal worldview in our  present age, accountability has also become a sensitive matter to deal with.

Generally, people in authority including parents, find it more and more challenging in engaging and managing their followers.

It also doesn’t serve to help the situation with the amount of daily bad press of abusive and manipulative behaviour from leaders in organisations. All these add to the repulsive stance people may have towards submission and being accountable to authority.

Definition of accountability

However, I think the underlining issue that has caused accountability to be such a bad word is because of what it means to different people.

When accountability is not understood correctly among stakeholders, it will likely be carried out inappropriately which may in turn result in ugly confrontations.

I believe that accountability is synonymous with responsibility, blameworthiness and liability. Living in a community, everything we do will have some detrimental affect on the people around us irregardless of our position.

Therefore, contrary to conventional belief that accountability is carried out from down-up or a one-way model, I believe strongly that it is a two-way model with more emphasis on top-down accountability.

Leaders or people in authority do carry more weight of the affects from their every decision made; every word spoken; and every action taken.

Moreover, with leaders displaying accountability, it only begets accountability from followers. Leaders not only lead , but they also lead by example.

I can’t imagine how leadership can expect their followers to truly follow without establishing trust and confidence by being open and transparent.

Doing it for Christ and His Church

Accountability is people-centric and strives to build an environment that nurtures relationships.

Call me idealistic, but I hold on to the biblical belief that the Church is potentially the only place where true accountability can be best exhibited. That is because accountability is about loving God wholeheartedly and loving people fervently.

But the sad reality is that the Church seems to fail miserably in this department. There are far too many scandals from churches that have eclipsed the good deeds of exemplenary churches that have chose love and integrity against greed and lust.

Therefore, with Christ’s reputation and many lives at stake, I believe that leadership in churches should  be more motivated to enforce more check and balances to safe guard the interest of the Church and people.

We desperately need the true Church to shine in these darkest hours and give people fewer excuses to shun and reject the truth of Christ.

My Read of the Month:

Title: Brida: A Novel (P.S.)
Author: Paulo Coelho
Published: 2008
Genre: Philosophical Fiction
Ratings: 3.7 out of 5 stars

Paulo always writes about issues that are universally common to all of us as human beings such as self-discovery, our search for love, pursuing our dreams and our spirituality.

I make it a point to read his books on a regular basis. His books are really thought-provoking and spell-binding. He is gifted writer.

In this story of Brida, it centres around a young Irish girl and her quest for knowledge. And like most of his other books, it
is a tale of love, passion, mystery and spirituality masterly crafted to awaken your mind and spirit with nuggets of wisdom.

As this story portrays mainly on traditional magical teachings that is woven with Catholic Christianity. Hence, much has to be read with an open but discerning mind especially for the ‘conservtists’ or ‘fundalemantalists’.

Though I found this book an enjoyable read that whetted my appetite for more with each chapter, but I was quite disappointed in how the story was concluded as an ending.

Who should read it: Fans of Paulho Coelho and for those who might not have read any of his books. Makes an exceptional good read for those who are mel and contemplative.

Internet Evangelism Day 2009

Like Earth Hour, Internet Evangelism Day (IED) is an awareness day for local churches and ministries to learn and explore ways of tapping on New Media to extend community, enable ministry and harvest online.

Like it or not, New Media is changing us in subtle but profound ways — the way we think, work, live, relate and it requires us to interpret our faith as individuals and communities, as we work to be salt and light of Christ to others.

This will be the first time IED will be carried out in Singapore, so do join the series of exciting activities on and offline.

Visit www.iedier.com to find out more details or to register.

Praying for our Leaders

After writing one of my previous posts about fighting against apathy in the Church, I realised that I had missed out a very important role that we (Christians) can play to make a difference.

That role that all of us who are members of any church should be doing on a regular basis is to PRAY for our leadership on an individual and corporate level.

Covering leadership in prayers

Especially in these times where we are witnessing more and more leaders (including secular organisations) falling under the bondage of sin, the more we need to pray for them.

“I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.

This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth”

1 Timothy 2:1-4

Ultimately, we need to recognise that by default we are embroiled in a spiritual battle that is waged and won through prayers.

We need more godly leaders

Apart from prayer being the change catalyst in fending off apathy in the Church, I also do believe when we pray for our leadership we are exhibiting the highest honour towards them.

With the kingdom of God always in great lack of godly leaders, I’m certain that such love and support towards leadership can only create a dynamic and favourable environment for more of such leaders to arise for the next generation. 

The Final Solution- A New Messiah?

Visit City Harvest Church this weekend as their all-engaging cast presents you an original and thought-provoking drama, “The Final Solution- A New Messiah?”

Check out the trailer below.

Full details on the venue and timings here>>>

Becoming “BIG” People

Being BIG refers to the magnanimity of our inner being; our capacity to love others and in being secure in our true identity.  

Our “BIG-ness” should not  be solely measured by our qualifications or size of our paychecks, but especially on how well we take care of  the poor and vulnerable around us.

10 Characteristics of Big People:

  1. Big People are GENEROUS
  2. Big People are ACCEPTING
  3. Big People FORGIVE and FORGET easily
  4. Big People EMPOWER others to be successful
  5. Big People don’t try to be BIG PEOPLE
  6. Big People treat “LITTLE” People well
  7. Big People LISTEN
  8. Big People honour LEADERSHIP and accept GUIDANCE
  9. Big People respect MANNERS and “SPATIALITY”
  10. Big People have BIG CAPACITY

I believe we should desire becoming BIG PEOPLE just as our God is a BIG God. My prayer is that I will be able to reflect His likeness. Amen.

The World’s Highest Paid Politician is…

Yesterday, UK Times published a report on the top 10 highest paid politicians in the world. And it is not too difficult to guess who tops the list.

It’s none other than Singapore’s  Prime Minister, Lee Hsien Loong.

Read the report here>>>

On a seperate but related matter, here was PM Lee’s most recent reply when queried by BBC if he was worth all that money:

“I am not comparing myself and I don’t look at these rankings. We go on a system which is open, honest, transparent – what is the job worth, what is the quality of the person whom you want.

We need the best people for the job and these are jobs where you make decisions which are worth billions of dollars. And you cannot do that if you are pretending and you just say, ‘Well, we are all in it for the love of King and Country’.

We want it to be honest, we want people not to come in for the money. But at the same time the sacrifice cannot be too great. And at times like these, you want the best possible government you can have.”

Interestingly, this part of the interview was not published in our mainstream media.

So where’s the “open, honest, transparent” part which PM Lee had boldy talked about?

Read more about the BBC interview here>>>

Early April Fool’s Joke?

I almost fell off my chair laughing when I read the headline of the above article on the Straits Times dated 31 March 2009.

On the onset, please do not mistaken me for being disrespectful to our leaders. Nothing against them, but I am merely flabbergasted by the use of ‘depth of leadership’ here.

In my personal opinion, depth is built over many years of trials and challenges to mould a leader’s character, capacity and competence.

In Singapore, it seems our leaders are identified and measured mainly by their academic achievements over the ‘trials and challenges’ in our educational system.

Take a look at Barack Obama, Mahatma Ghandi, Lee Kuan Yew, Nelson Mandela or Martin Luther King, they started right from the bottom and fought courageously to earn the spot on the top.

Honestly, what credible and proven track records are there in our present leaders to measure their quality of depth? And what depth of leadership do they exhibit when everything is so conveniently handed to them?