City Harvest founder Kong Hee’s first post-guilty verdict comment on Facebook shows he’s still not sorry
He also at no point admits he has done anything wrong.
In the moments after Judicial Commissioner See Kee Oon read his guilty-as-charged verdict to a packed courtroom in Singapore’s State Courts on Wednesday morning, City Harvest church founder Kong Hee, when approached by reporters outside, said, “No, not now.”
Some 30 hours later, he finally broke his silence on Thursday afternoon with a post to his public Facebook page that looks suspiciously like the statement his wife published on their church’s Facebook page and website a day earlier:
Now, well and good for him to say what he wants to his followers, but we’d like to highlight a couple things he posted:
1. Kong: “Please keep praying for me and those involved in the trial”
Well, Kong, the trial is over, and as even you admitted, the
tribe judge has spoken. You, and your five friends (okay four friends and one ex-friend) are guilty. And convicted. Of all the charges that all of you faced.
Sure, you guys might appeal the decision, but the fact remains the trial is over. There is no more trial to be involved in. Unless you’re referring to the five-year “trial” all of you are going through?
2. Kong: “I have put my faith and my all in God, and trust that whatever the outcome, He will use it for good in His time and in His way (Rom. 8:28; Eccl. 3:11)”
Here’s what Romans 8:28 says:
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
(Which may or may not be yours. Here’s a comment on your post, too:
And here’s what Ecclesiastes 3:11 says:
He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.
Ecclesiastes 3 is a famous passage now commonly titled as “A time for everything”. If you take a look at it, a bit further down, you’ll also notice the following:
From verse 15:
Whatever is has already been,
and what will be has been before;
and God will call the past to account.
And from verse 17:
“God will bring into judgment
both the righteous and the wicked,
for there will be a time for every activity,
a time to judge every deed.”
Sure, God will use the outcome (which was already determined yesterday, if you remember — weren’t you there?) for good, and yes, in his time and way.
Which isn’t necessarily yours.
3. Kong: “The judge has rendered his decision”
Yeah, what’s with not even saying what the “decision” was? (It’s guilty, by the way.)
All the way till now, are you truly still convinced that you and your fellow church leaders have done no wrong at all?
People reading your post were unable to understand what you meant, for instance:
Why the vagueness? Don’t you want to come clean even to your faithful followers?
4. Kong: “This is a difficult time for me, and especially for my family, just as it is for the other co-accused persons.”
The meaning of “accused”:
Correction: you’ve all been found guilty. Which means you’ve been convicted. The issue of whether or not you guys committed a crime is no longer in question, therefore you are no longer accused.
The meaning of “conviction”, as defined by Singapore’s Attorney-General’s Chambers:
Kong’s post was followed by more than a hundred encouraging comments, and this one from literary critic and poet Gwee Li Sui, which was later hidden from the thread:
And all that’s left are prayers and encouragement.
Surely, this is a difficult time for Kong, his family and his five fellow convicts. We shouldn’t be beating them when they’re down. But one only has to look at their comments and posts in the hours following their conviction to see that they still don’t think they have done wrong, much less committed serious crimes.
And that bears some contemplation indeed.