Victoria Street Wholesale Centre
Victoria Street Wholesale Centre will soon make way for the 15.9 km North-South Expressway (NSE) between Admiralty Road West and Toa Payoh Rise.
And so some are starting to mourn the demise of this wholesale market (despite it being, in this incarnation, a rather recent tenant of the space) and its pedal-powered customers.
For someone concerned about the truth, it has been rather aggravating to see friends mindlessly follow the crowd in denouncing basically everything the government does, and endorsing all sorts of conspiracy theories without stopping to objectively consider the reasons behind policies and decisions or the implications of what they want the government to do/not do:
you can either complain about traffic jams, high COE prices, or the demise of old-ish buildings making way for proposed solutions to traffic problems; just no illogical grousing about all three at the same time.
Also, you can either complain about old shops dying out, or the influx of cheap foreign labour, but not both because your whining has meant that there are now regulations on the number of foreigners the old shopkeepers can hire and since no local will touch such a low-paying job, the old people can’t make up the ratios necessary and will have to close shop.
This annoys me not because i support the political party that happens to be in power, but because it is no longer about what is right or wrong or good for the nation but popularity of the arrogant opinions of the self-righteous and self-congratulatory who themselves are unable even to think clearly enough to make good decisions about the proper care of/government of (as the case may be) their spouses, children, or pets. Worse, many of these are professing Christians, who boast about teaching their children to make defamatory remarks about the president, prime minister, ministers, civil servants. This is in direct defiance of God’s commands:
- Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. 2 Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. 4 For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. 5Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience. 6 This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. 7 Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor. (Romans 13:1-7)
I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. (1 Timothy 2:1-4)
Paul’s understanding is not a new thing but consistent with the thinking of David, who, even when pursued ruthlessly by Saul who had every intention of killing him, declined to murder Saul “in self-defence”. David’s reasoning was that one could not lay a hand on God’s anointed and be guiltless, since one would be acting against the one whom God had chosen (1 Samuel 24, 1 Samuel 26). And as Paul says, there is no authority on earth except that which God has instituted. Paul’s letters above were written to those under Roman occupation, so this command to submit applies even in regimes that are obviously oppressive (though one supposes that what submission would mean would be dependent on circumstances).
But it is not as if there will be no justice; all earthly authorities are under God’s supreme authority and there will be judgement on earthly authorities – at a time and in a manner of God’s choosing, just as we too will face judgement – whether we have obeyed God even when it is inconvenient for us to do so.
Snapshots Along the Way