Just wanna share my church’s sermon today, about the passage submit to authority, it‘s a good reminder for me as I get frustrated with the government sometimes with their ineffectiveness.

But as Christian we should honor the authority and everyone, if the authority do wrong god will judge them. We should love the authority as well and pray for them

“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. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. 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. 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. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience. This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. 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 ‭NIV‬‬

https://www.bible.com/111/rom.13.1-7.niv

“Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority: whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority, or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right.

Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves. Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor.”

‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭2:13-14, 16-17‬ ‭NIV‬‬

https://www.bible.com/111/1pe.2.13-14,16-17.niv

Scottish Highlands- the inspiration behind this song: Highlands by Hillsong United Looking at these landscapes my heart is filled with peace P.S. Since I couldn’t drive, I joined a one day tour but it was super bad- only gave you few stops of 5-15 mins for the entire 12 hr day tour. Most of the […]

via Scottish Highlands — Yet To Be Done

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Human tends to think they are right, and if they heard a different voice, it must be someone else’s mistake. This is the root of all conflicts- the failure to check on yourself, to neutrally consider other possibility and putting yourself into someone else’s shoes.

#stoppointingfingers

Matthew 7:4
How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ while there is still a beam in your own eye?

 

 

 

The protest in Hong Kong has been escalating day by day, and it is no longer a peaceful one that was known to the world. The society is becoming sicker each day, fueled by all of these bias media of different positions/ sides (including foreign media) that intensified people’s hatred towards the other side. Even the highly educated ones are no longer able to stay rational, but take in information that confirmed their belief (known as behavioral bias) and doesn’t even consider the credibility of the sources. Whatever reported by the opposite site media is immediately judged as fake by them, without even reading it or any fact checking. The sources could be media that is known to be extremely bias to one side, online posts, whatsapp or wechat messages that are passing around. There are rumors flying around, spreading fear and tension. People just take in in these rumors without a tiny bit of doubt, or even make up their own worst assumptions towards the opposite side, suspecting them for the most ridiculous things without any evidences.

What’s more sad is many would say that they “understand the violent behaviors as the government is not listening” and they still refuse to divide or condemn those rioters who are throwing bricks, petro bombs, shooting spears, destroying properties of organizations with different political views and beating up people with different opinions. They are taking revenges rather than fighting for democracy.

Yet, they magnify anything that the police did, condemned the whole police force and see police as their enemy. There might be cases that some police officers did misbehave, but I still believe most of them are trying to do their job. In many instances, if that were happen in any western country, those violent behaviors would be stopped by bullets already. Plus due to the protests, the police have been working non stop and got no weekends. The police are often being targeted by the violent ones.

I felt the violent acts of these rioters were not being condemned enough. They don’t even get much media coverage. Like the picture below that a rioter is throwing a petro bomb onto a train, you could hardly find it reported on most of the media beside TVB, which majority of the protest supporters considered them as extremely bias and pro-government so they won’t believe anything reported there. This becomes such a bad cycle (media of your side is less likely to report a news that’s disadvantage its position, and you see other media which report that news as unpredictable), and that is why many either considers the violent acts didn’t happen, or the opposite side or police disguised as a protester and did the violent act.

Souce: Getty Image

This has encouraged the rioters for more violent behaviors, as they thought they got the support from the “rational peaceful” protesters or even majority of Hong Kongers. They thought they are fighting for democracy when they are hurting other people or their properties, but are they? Is democracy about using forces to silence different voices? Is democracy about forcing people to have work strike in order to pressure the government together? The hurting is also spreading to civilians. It’s not even safe to express you view towards the protest in public, as you never know which sides are the people around you are.

Yet, the rational peaceful protesters are so blind and still unwilling to condemn or divide with the rioters, in fear of the movement failing. To me, not dividing is actually indirectly supporting their behavior! Many foreign government officials, congressmen, organizations are still so misled, or maybe it’s due to their self-interest and acting on whatever position that benefits them politically, that they still thought the Hong Kong protest is peaceful. It is totally not!

FT also mentioned “Pro-Beijing government supporters see and share only the vandalism and beatings carried out by demonstrators, while protest sympathisers focus only on police or triad violence” and “Perhaps most surprising has been the public’s willingness to accept and excuse the increasing violence. The proportion of Hong Kong people who strongly agree the protests should remain peaceful has dropped from 65 per cent in June to 46 per cent by mid-October. In answer to a separate question, more than 59 per cent of Hong Kongers now say they “understand” the need for more radical action if peaceful protests fail.”

https://www.ft.com/content/f9256f8a-0537-11ea-a984-fbbacad9e7dd?shareType=nongift&fbclid=IwAR0ejrQUiaQPFIS5-R_9ZWRQO9TDLB6y76VDFlJPKbi-R-npz50AGkOV8ek

Everyone in Hong Kong had a hard time going to work with the road and MTR block: https://yahoo-news.com.hk/BBCChineseNews/7578/

It’s very sad to see Hong Kong, one of the top safest and most peaceful places in the world to become what it is like today.

Pray for Hong Kong.

Enjoyed a peaceful sat afternoon with this lovely view of Hong Kong. Peace is really sometimes I need now.

We went up from Pik Uk bus station/ Shell Clearwater bay station then went down the hill and end the trail at Polam. Some hikers did it the other way around, but I think this is a better route as the path Pik Uk-peak was harder with the steep natural path, had to use hands to balance sometimes. Thus, it’s safer and easier to go uphill with this path than downhill. Also needed to pass by some graves, but you could turn to a path on the left so you don’t need to cross the graves but walk around them (If you don’t wanna pass by any graves at all you could walk from Polam, and then return from the same path). Near the peak, there were about 50m that was very steep, but there were some ropes you could hold on, so still manageable.

Quite a short hike, about 1.5 hours without stopping.

Sites with instructions:

Razor Hill Hike, Hong Kong

https://www.canon.com.hk/tc/club/article/itemDetail.do?itemId=10486

Had a nice afternoon tea and then took MTR home. I just realized that it’s a blessing to have MTR to go home, have been taking it for granted.

On last sat I arrived, I didn’t had a good impression of London. Rainy, gloomy, 2 lines’ underground suspension, bus service disrupted due to climate change protestors blocking the road, and having to carry my big luggage up the stairs in some underground station etc.

Second day was still rainy and gloomy, but I started to see some beauty. I went to Hillsong church in the morning, found the worship more performing than worshiping, but the pastor sharing about helping refugees integrating into the society was deep and touching. What they do is beautiful.

I also passed by this amazing group of people singing at an underground station:

(I’m gonna upload daily for my #whatmakeslondon series on Instragram)

On the third day, I was sitting at a random cafe in a business district in London, thinking- London got so many lovely, well designed cafe to chill. You can just take time slowly and sit in for a long time to enjoy it.

London, despite being a big city and business center, it is also a place with lots of talented and creative people around. Like the group of people singing at an underground station that I passed by the other day.

That leads me to think, why is HK so different? I think, first of all to cultivate creativity, people would have to slow down, have the “chilling time” and “chilling place” to do nothing, to daydream, to think.

In HK ppl are always too rush, too busy to slow down, and also it’s the lack of space to enjoy such “luxury.”