Photograph by Tara Sosrowardoyo, National Museum of Singapore Collection.

Photograph by Tara Sosrowardoyo, National Museum of Singapore Collection.

Till this day, scholarly institutions study the rise of Singapore and marvel. From third world to first in under forty years. A feat hard to match, one would naturally ask, “What made them so successful?” The answer isn’t too hard to find. Turn the pages of history books and you’ll see one name appearing more often than not. Mr Lee Kuan Yew.

Our founding father, Mr Lee, loved Singapore with his heart. A man of wisdom and character, many considered him the embodiment of all that is Singapore, and rightfully so. Yet it was the culture he created that made the country what it is today; positioning us not only for economic success, but Apostolic revival.

Remembering Lee Kuan Yew from Tabernacle of Joy on Vimeo.

You see, throughout the Old and New Testament, God used pagan kings and rulers to create a culture suited for revival. In light of that, what did Mr Lee Kuan Yew stand for?


1. Excellence.

Mr Lee was an intentional, consistent and meticulous worker. He had a “Red Box” which he never stopped attending to. Inside it, were a list of things the government could do to create a better life for all. He always strived for perfection. Describing the Singaporean, “He is a hardworking, industrious, rugged individual. Or we would not have made the grade.” He taught us, by his life’s example, to do everything with a spirit of excellence.

2. Integrity.
He had a no nonsense view on corruption. Mr Lee always tried to be correct, not politically correct. He did what was right, even if it wasn’t popular. Proverbs 20:7 says “The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him.” We as a generation are blessed because someone walked in integrity.

3. Stability.
Because the foundation was laid and there was no compromise, the people of Singapore do not have to fear about jobs, clean water or transportation. Mr Lee made sure of this.

4. Learning.
Mr Lee’s definition of an educated man was one who never stopped learning and wanting to learn. He pushed for the government to continually develop talent; not just with brains and discipline, but also with a humility of heart.

5. Racial harmony.
Mr Lee wanted a Singaporean Singapore. He believed that no one race-whether in majority or not – should pin down another, but all races should work together in unity. It was nothing short of biblical! Colossians 3:11 says, “Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.”

 

Mr Lee Kuan Yew left us with so much and our generation is so blessed to be able to reap the fruits of his hard work and the greatest way to honor him would be to carry on that culture. A culture of Christ.

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