July 4, 2017
This month Canada celebrates their 150th Birthday. It is a tremendous milestone for sure, and one worthy of celebration. Canada’s long and proud tradition, is deeply rooted in the Christian Faith. Walk around our parliament buildings and you will discover numerous places, where the Word of God is carved into stone, standing as a testament to faith, stretching across generations. In fact, our nations full name, is “The Dominion of Canada” a direct reference to Psalm 72:8 “He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, And from the River to the ends of the earth.”
Today, many would like us to believe that faith has no place in the public arena, that faith is a private matter, meant to be kept between the individual and their creator. But our forefathers did not share that opinion, nor did those who came before us south of the border, or even across the pond, in Great Britain.
Pastor and professor James Emery White rightly notes: “In current American culture, you are free to be a Christian as long as you don’t actually live out your faith, vote your faith, take a stand in relation to your faith, or believe others should embrace your faith.”
That is the current train of thought here in Canada as well, and it is a thinking which in no way represents the ideals of those who were the architects of our great nations.
White goes on to quote British Cabinet Minister, Baroness Warsi, who, during a visit to the Vatican stated: “My fear today is that a militant secularization is taking hold of our societies… one of the most worrying aspects about this militant secularization is that at its core and in its instincts, it is deeply intolerant. It demonstrates similar traits to totalitarian regimes—denying people the right to a religious identity. You cannot extract Christian foundations from the evolution of our nations, any more than you can erase the spires from our landscape.”
White concludes, “And before anyone says, ‘There’s another alarmist Christian right-winger for you,’ think again. Sayeeda Warsi is a Muslim.”
Unfortunately, it is a Muslim who is bold enough to point out, what should be obvious to us all… that those who established this great nation, never intended us to push our Christianity out of our government, or out of our work place, or out of our education system; rather it was their sincere belief that the very success of our nation, was rooted in the purposes and plan of God.
So, as we celebrate 150 years of Canada, let us all do what we can to place God right back in the middle of public affairs… right where He has longed to be from the beginning. Let us commit to God’s original intent for Canada, as echoed by the Father’s of Confederation and declare once again that, “He will have dominion from sea to sea and from the river to the ends of the earth.”