Romans 1:27 says, “In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.”
Recently, in response to the call to repeal 377A, an article has resurfaced - a transcript of NMP Professor Thio Li-Ann’s speech in Parliament in 2007 to keep 377A. The following are what I learned from her on Public Morality and Social Consequences.
One of the arguments from the LGBTQ activists is the “argument from consent”, it argues for the state to be kept out of the bedroom, so as to safeguard “sexual autonomy”. It claims that as the homosexual act is done in private and between consenting adults, it is not immoral as no harm was done.
This argument may seem impartial, but it slips in a subtle philosophy of Hedonism. It celebrates the satisfaction of sexual desires without restraint as a matter of autonomy. But the way we satisfy our desires have to be bridled within a morally good, heteronomous societal framework, or we may harm our self and society as a whole. As we have seen from the Book of Judges, the nation of Israel did “...what was right in his own eyes,” and their autonomy caused the entire community to be so enslaved by the vile values and cultures of the Philistines that they almost ceased being a nation.
Thankfully, Singapore is a country that seeks to protect public good and public morality. Let’s take pornography for example. A person who watches it in the privacy of his or her own bedroom can argue that any effect is only on himself or herself and does not harm anyone else. Yet, it is against the law to keep, distribute or sell pornographic materials under the Undesirable Publications Act, as well as Section 292 of the Penal Code. This is because Singapore takes a broader view on the concept of harm.
If people are legally allowed to buy and sell pornography openly, then our children will be exposed to sexual libertine values, sexual immorality and a culture of lust that takes rather than gives. If 377A is repealed, thus legalising sodomy, it will over time change both our attitude and conduct. Coupled with sexual hedonism, this repeal defies the strong family values that we as both Christians and Singapore citizens hold dear. 377A serves and protects public morality and buttress strong families based on a faithful union between man and woman, the ideal model for raising children.
Given what was shared above, I would like to strongly encourage you to:
1. Give feedback to the Government by signing the petition at https://www.change.org/p/singapore-government-please-keep-penal-code-377a-in-singapore
2. Be respectful and loving toward those who hold a different opinion. (Hebrews 12:14)
3. Pray for Singapore. That our nation be wise in taking the appropriate actions by 24th September, and may our church be equipped with both grace and truth to minister to those with same-sex attractions.