My 2-cent worth about the Prosperity Gospel

by Patrick Liew on December 28, 2015

The concept of well being in the Bible is not just about financial well being. It encompasses physical emotional, and social well being.
Prosperity is also not about having tons of money. It’s about having adequate resources to fulfill God’s will in our lives. The emphasis is on His will and not ours.
The end point in life is not about position, profit, power, possession, pleasure or prestige.
It’s about fulfilling what Abraham Marslow termed as the highest level of needs – the desire for self-transcendence.

In other words, we should live for God and through Him serve others and the environment, and make our world a better home.

To do that, we need to obey God and follow the values, principles and conduct as mentioned in the Bible.

As they say, the Bible stands for basic instructions before leaving earth.

For example, there are more verses about money than many other topics in the Bible. If we apply the biblical precepts of money management, we should not be in need.

The Church has a responsibility to fulfill God’s will on Earth as it is in Heaven (Matthew 6:10).

We are called to help the poor, heal the broken-hearted, release the captives, and free the prisoners (Isaiah 61:1).

One of the services we can provide is to help free people from the clutches of poverty.

At one of the highest levels in the taxonomy of services to alleviate poverty, we should help improve financial literacy level on an individual, community, and national level.

In doing so, we can help the poor to feed themselves, quench their thirst, and acquire their own shelter (Matthew 25:34-40).

All good things, including wealth comes from the above.

We are but only His stewards and custodians and our responsibility is to use these resources for God and for the greatest good.

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International Day of Older Persons, 1 October 2015 (3)

by Patrick Liew on December 28, 2015

As one of the fastest aging countries, the challenge of looking after the elderly is further compounded by the fact that the family unit is getting smaller and total fertility rate is on the decline.

This challenge will become more pronounced and there will be more diverse, complex, and even unpredictable issues in the near future.

We will do well to confront the problem now and continue to fine-tune the solution so that  we will be better prepared to resolve similar or even potentially worst problems.

This is a challenge that should be resolved not just by the government but also by stakeholders from the public, private, people, and political sectors so that we can develop a more positive and sustainable solution.

For example, in a tight labour market coupled with a longer life expectancy, employers will have their fair share of elderly  workers.

We need to help employers Improve their attitude about and leverage on the role, competence, and contribution of elderly workers.

Research have shown that the age of workers does not affect job performance. Older workers can have a higher level of loyalty, positive experience, and dependability.

On the other hand, there are concerns from employers about the relevance of older workers’ knowledge and skills and their lack of creativity and resistance to change.

To overcome these potential downsides, employers can demonstrate more care and concern for the elderly workers and engage them in collaborative learning and improvement.

By deepening their commitment and support to the elderly workers, employers can unleash their creative and innovative potential and contribution.

The Singapore government can offer targeted incentives to motivate employers groom elderly workers and enrich their job scope, including the development of flexitime and flexi-place arrangements.

Subsidies can be provided to employers to develop an elderly workers-friendly environment and organise health and wellness programmes for them. It will not only strengthen these workers’ productive life but also enhance their performance and contribution.

As one united people, we can do more to improve our elderly’s attitude, knowledge and skills. It will not only enhance their employment prospects and employability but also help them enjoy greater pride, dignity and fulfilment in their sunset years.

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International Day of Older Persons, 1 October 2015 (2)

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