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FAITHFUL

One of the immutable characteristics of God is His faithfulness.  Over and over again the Scriptures declare that He is faithful.  The Apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthian church, a troubled place, “God is faithful, through whom you were called into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”  Trace through the Scriptures from Genesis to the Revelation and you will discover a seamless story of God’s faithfulness to His promises to individuals, nations, Israel and to His Church.  What He has said, He does.  Nothing should send us to the Bible for study, understanding of the times, for accountability, worship, guidance and wisdom more quickly than this awesome fact:  God does what He says, and He has spoken, clearly!

It has always been so, I suppose, but our age seems particularly mesmerized by science, philosophy, popular opinion, technology, the ideology or “wisdom” of the rich and famous, the brilliant and successful.   Anything but the Sovereign Lord of the universe!  Add to the list the latest goddess, named, “Diversity.”  She sponsors anything and everything sexual, religious or strange by sanitizing them for North American public consumption.  Having removed Jehovah God, the Ten Commandments and the essential work of the Saviour, Jesus Christ as the essential foundation for a noble society, we have lost our ability to discern right from wrong, good from evil.  Were it not for the faithfulness of God, our condition is hopeless.  Hear the plea of a hymn writer:

Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father,

There is no shadow of turning with Thee;

Thou changest not, Thy compassions they fail not;

As Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be.

Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest,

Sun, moon and stars in their courses above

Join with all nature in manifold witness

To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.

Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,

Thy own dear presence to cheer and to guide,

Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow –

Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!

Great is Thy Faithfulness!  Great is Thy faithfulness!

Morning by morning new mercies I see;

All I have needed Thy hand hath provided –

Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me.

“The word of the cross is to those who are perishing foolishness, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.  For it is written, ‘I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the cleverness of the clever I will set aside.’   God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things that are strong, .  .  . that no man should boast before God.  But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us the wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption.”

A fellow pilgrim,   Arnold Reimer

CLIMATE CHANGE

Scientists have had difficulty naming the global problems of weather.  Years ago it was the threat of cooling down, while more recently it has been the heating up affect.     Identifying the root causes has been even more complicated.  At the present time the chief culprit seems to be carbon emissions.  Huge efforts toward international agreement, at immense expense, are being applied, with catastrophic threats of doom providing the impetus to action.  Any naysayers are ridiculed, sidelined, debunked and defunded.  That should raise many more questions than it has to-date.

As long as memory and statistics exist weather has been changing.   Anyone my age can attest to that without scientific validation.  Our parents, grandparents and theirs told the stories of yesteryear’s weather extremes.  But, unquestionably, we are going through a serious phase of weather disruption.  The daily news bombard us with pictures of horrendous fires, frightening floods and mudslides, crushing, crippling earthquakes, deadly famines, and devastating tsunamis.  It is happening all over the globe.

Happily, but also worrisome, scientists, rushing to find root causes and ultimate consequences, are the only voices being heard.  What does climate change really mean?  What is behind it?  What can be done to stop or control it?  Politicians and people clamour for explanations.  It is not acceptable anymore, but God-centered, biblically committed theologians have their own questions and possible enlightenment to offer for consideration.  Is the Sovereign God of the universe, Maker of heaven and earth,  involved in all of this?  Is He trying to get the attention of His troubled creation?

Faithful readers of the Bible know that for millenia God has used weather as an instrument of judgment and moral correction.  That is the point of the flood of Noah’s day, the brimstone of Sodom and Gomorrah, the “if’s” of Solomon’s prayer at the inaugeration of the first Jewish temple, Jonah’s forced trip to Ninevah, the dour warnings of the prophets, and the fiery judgments spoken of in II Peter and The Revelation, wrapping up the end-times scenario.

The question I am raising with all sincerity and concern is this: Is climate change, its dangerous and destructive results, merely the result of environmental mismanagement, or is it an act of God Almighty, judging mankind’s rejection of His works and ways?   Is it a dramatic call to the acknowledgement and repentance of the crass indifference of nations and societies to His rule, commands and grace?  Are we living with the consequences of rejecting the sufficiency of Jesus’ suffering, death and resurrection to cleanse us from all unrighteousness?  Are we being prepared for the end of things as we know them, and thus the return of Jesus Christ to set up a new heaven and a new earth?

If these things are true, (and they make good biblical sense!) then the devil is gleefully feeding our concern over carbon emissions in order to deceive or distract us from the real issue:  A loving voice from a holy God, calling us to repentance?  “Do not love the world, (its systems, control and ways) nor the things of the world.  If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.  For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world.  And the world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God abides forever.”

Sobering thoughts with which to search our hearts, to interpret the news, and to bring us to repentance and dependence upon the saving work of Christ Jesus, our Lord.  Is it time to take our eyes off the symptoms, so as to consider the real cause?

A fellow pilgrim,  Arnold Reimer

JUSTICE?

God has a strong opinion on justice, as His Word declares.  “Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Thy throne.”  “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.”  “But let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.”  “Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek the Lord understand all things.”

Unfortunately, a document, (the Charter of Rights and Freedoms) that once was intended to protect and support the innocent, misused and misunderstood, has become an instrument of crass injustice in the hands of unscrupulous lawyers and befuddled judges.  The most bizarre decisions are being made to accommodate the immoral behaviour of a few individuals, while disregarding the wellbeing and rights of others.  Democracy only survives when its law-givers, leaders and followers have a common sense of right and wrong, good and evil, and a standard from which to find foundation and guidance.  Increasingly, that has been undermined as absolutes are trashed and relativism rules, thereby weakening the whole.

For the most part, Western Democracies once claimed the Bible and its principles of behaviour as that standard.   It made our nations great, responsible, prosperous and free.  The more we abandon that thinking and its influence, the more we spiral into political, moral, social and spiritual chaos.  Observant, thinking people can only be concerned by the direction our nation is going and what is increasingly happening all around us!

Bad enough is the sexual perversion of a strangely influential minority.   Soon we shall add to that the insane approval of a mind-altering drug, sponsored by governments, simply to find another source of revenue.  Now, a new twist is the unconscionable reward to a Muslim terrorist of many millions of dollars – the people’s money – not just wasted but blatantly abused!  No legal obligation required it.  No strings were attached as to its use!  A small, private circle of government officials, unconsidered by the House of Commons – the people’s court – made a decision to bestow it on a child/man.  Their motive?  He was jailed and denied sleep for some information that could possibly save lives in a war zone.

He has been rewarded simply because he was young in our culture, though not at all in his.  His very religious family, guided him into a path of hatred, killing and blind obedience to their view of truth.  He was doing the will of his god.   No one knows how many others he might have killed nor who they might be.  Our extended family lost a grandson and father of two children in that war!  And, because no one knows his heart, we know not when, where or if he might do it again.  He certainly has the means!  Our leaders have honoured radical Islam, and probably given it more millions to do its wicked work.  “What fools we mortals be!”

Democracy requires an understanding of the common good.   It was denied its vital role in this situation.  A few select people, in a private setting, without consultation beyond their partisan point of view, made an evil decision to give a wayward young man more money than seventy-five percent of all Canadians will earn in a lifetime of hard work – by three or four times!   That is a travesty of commonsense and an injustice so outrageous as to defy explanation.   No better example could be listed of a government’s indifference to, or ignorance of, its bewildered constituents.

“Evil men do not understand justice . . .”

A fellow pilgrim,  Arnold Reimer

 

 

CANADA

My great-grandfather, and his son of eight years, came to Canada from Russia in 1874, settling in Manitoba.   A Mennonite, he was strongly committed to God, the Bible, family, community, farming and pacifism.   He was a founding participant in the development of the town of Steinbach, where he built the first Dutch windmill in Canada.   He left his mark on this land through his many off-spring.

At that time the Canadian government needed people to settle on, and to develop, the Prairies.  The Russian Mennonites were considered ideal candidates because of their cold weather experience, farming skills, industrious character and large families.  They were described by the Commissioner of Immigration and Agriculture, who visited them in Russia,  as “hardworking, sober, moral and intelligent people . . . superior agriculturists, have good farm buildings . . . homes which excel in order and cleanliness, prosperous merchants, manufacturers and mechanics.”

Over the years, they have proved themselves to be all of that and more.  The downside, certainly at first, was the clannishness that separated them from much public life, and their tenacious belief in pacifism which kept them from military and civic service.  Time and obligation changed their attitude so they could served in various levels of civic and government leadership.

The Mennonites are just one small example of the important influence faithful followers of Christ, the Bible and righteousness have had on our history as a nation.  Strong and numerous Christian churches have dotted this land since its founding, impacting for good our culture, governance and lifestyle.   Judeo-Christian values once strongly marked our nation.   Many of our finest institutions are rooted in, and have been guided by, biblical principles.  God has blessed that to the point we are a premier choice for immigration by many across this hurting world, and for good reason.

It must be confessed that there is increasing evidence that the spiritual influence of Christians is in sharp decline.  The church has often failed to be the salt and light needed to expose evil and to hinder decay.  As a result, it has been side-lined, while secularism and relativism have become dominate influences over government, politics, education, law and business.  It manifests itself in the increasing evidences of corruption, lack of integrity, public and political thievery, increasing lawlessness, burgeoning indebtedness, and a broad acceptance of blatant, state-approved immorality.

Perhaps, the clearest evidence of this decline is the lack of public dismay at the shameful and inexcusable participation of our Prime Minister, his wife and children at the recent homosexual parade in Toronto.   It is disheartening to see rainbow flags waving unashamedly on the grounds of what should be our finest institutions.  There are lots of things that we, as a free society, accommodate; but for the common good it is not necessary or right, that we approve, support or celebrate them.  Obviously, few of our leaders or people understand that!

As disappointing as such things are, thankfully there is still much more that is worthy of praise and gratefulness.  We must remain vigilant lest we lose the many benefits we have inherited from our forefathers.

I sing with pride, but some grief, “O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.”   I pray, because it is a critical petition, “God keep our land, glorious and free.”  No enemy without or within can seriously threaten a nation that pleases God, seeks His blessing, obeys His Word and pursues His righteousness.  To lose that focus, as we most assuredly have, is to lose God’s blessing, protection, guidance and wisdom.   Have these things already been lost beyond reparation?   Only God knows the answer to that.   On this occasion of Canada’s 150th birthday, it behooves the followers of Christ to seek His face in humility, fear, repentance and confession.

Fearfully, other than in the singing of our National Anthem, not one mention of God, nor even a prayer, was heard throughout the celebrations!  Neither diversity nor multiculturalism should be allowed to undermine the very values and faith that have blessed this land with so much good.  To disown the Lord God and His blessing is to invite the very things many Canadians fled from to come here.

A fellow pilgrim,   Arnold Reimer

RIGHTEOUSNESS

A Proverb makes this important statement:  “When the righteous increase, (are in authority) the people rejoice, but when the wicked man rules, people groan.”    Right on!     There are hundreds of references in the Bible to right and righteousness.   That God-breathed Book is about righteousness; what it looks like, how it acts and how it becomes ours.   God alone is righteousness in essence, so it is to Him we go to understand and to find it.    The true righteousness that might mark us is a gift of God, given to us by Jesus Christ, who died “the just for the unjust to bring us to God.”   He clothes us in robes of His own righteousness.

Do I need to make the comment that such righteousness is in short supply these days?  Nothing illustrates it more than the recent trial for rape of a famous television star.   Once the charge was laid, dozens of women lined up to accuse him of forcing himself upon them.   The trial failed for the jury could not agree on whether the sex was forced or consensual.    Consensual sex, other than by a married man and woman, may not be illegal, but it is certainly wicked; so in fact, all were guilty to one degree or another.   But the whole incident  indicates something very serious – the blaze’ attitude people have toward sexual deviance.

Little, if anything, has been said about the underlying issue – adultery.   What was a man or woman doing in circumstances that involved such behaviour?  Obviously, rape must be dealt with quickly and suitably.   But, unfortunately, we live in times when the general public glibly accept and practise adultery or fornication as if they were meaningless.  Marriages are damaged and families are torn apart, but the perpetrators face little public shame or condemnation.  The attitude seems to be, “Do what you please; just don’t rape!”

Unrighteous deeds abound, almost inundating our society; in some cases supported by public funds and legal resources.   It is tragic that government officials, civic leaders and the curious, committed masses alike bow in a public display of adulation before the gods hedonism, unbridled lust.   The display across this country of crass immorality bears no shame or reproach, and no fear of consequences.   God will have the last word on that!

A holy God has another point of view – a righteous one.   His word declares, “Or do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God?  Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, shall inherit the kingdom of God.”

It is a moral, social and spiritual tragedy that so many in our culture involve themselves in, or treat with nonchalant indifference, that which God condemns.    The standards of righteousness are clear, but we have allowed famous moral derelicts, abandoned laws and public acceptance to whitewash evil.   Thank God, because of His mercy, there is a solution:  “And such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and in the Spirit of our God.”

The evidence is: we live in a fallen world and all of us are vulnerable.  The solution is –  “The blood of Jesus (shed on Calvary’s cross) cleanses us from all unrighteousness.”    Because of that glorious truth, accepted with humility, repentance, faith and obedience, we can live in moral purity in an immoral culture like ours.  The poet helps us understand.  “Jesus paid it all, all to Him I owe.  Sin had left a crimson stain; He washed it white as snow.”

Crucial to the survival of our nation and to the blessing of God is the visual and inner righteousness of God’s redeemed children.  We are called to be light in dark places and to be salt where culture decays.   “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.”   Are we so blind or indifferent to God and His laws that we can blithely turn away as if none of this matters?  May it never be!  The Lord our God will not let it be.

A fellow pilgrim,  Arnold Reimer

FATHERHOOD

How I wish I would have been a better father.   It is not that I was a total loss; to say that would not be honest or right.   Thankfully, no one in the family would say I was a bully, abusive, unloving, unfaithful, unfair, mean or hypocritical.   God, Who looks on the heart, could add another point of view, which is best left in His hands for now.   But, I  could be characterized as a workaholic – too many hours in the office, too committed to the needs of others, or just consumed with the distracting thoughts of obligations and duties that always seemed to be important, demanding, time-consuming and intrusive.  Without a wonderful, caring, understanding wife and mother, things could have been much worse.  She is, and has always been, a jewel of infinite value!

Oh, I could make excuses.  My Father rarely spent time with his family of eight children.   He worked day and night, when he was in town.  By the time I was ten years old he was traveling from Victoria to Thunder Bay, and often gone for weeks at a time.   He was too tired to give us more than a hug and a kiss, or the occasional spanking at Mother’s behest!  (Beyond question, I deserved more than I ever got!  And, though it is not politically correct in today’s weird world, I am a better, more disciplined person because of it.)

Unquestionably, my parents loved all of us and sacrificially provided for us as best they could.    They modelled marital faithfulness to each other, and diligent family rules of order and management.   In our Mother we had presence but not time!  We also had clear spiritual guidance, biblical discipline and essential prayer support.   All of us consider ourselves blessed because of them.  Mother was the Sargent Major and Father the affectionate visitor and faithful provider.  A great combination.

Though late in the game, what have I learned over the last sixty years?   Genuine, nurturing love needs time and attention.   Effective wisdom requires careful listening and insightful questioning.   Good comradery demands real physical participation and broad, practical experiences.   Spiritual nurturing/teaching needs understanding, openness, observable example and honest humility.   Add to that mix the foundational truths of Scripture, the valuable fellowship of the church and its programs, the careful oversight of friends, a strong sense of decent humour, the gracious, but firm correction of error and the wise, positive counsel of experience.   Add to these things lessons on disciplined, frugal financial management

There is good, comforting reason the Scripture declare:  “Train up a child in the way he/she should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it.”  Do these things work?   Yes, because they are rooted in the Word of the living, almighty God.   Are there exceptions?  Possibly, because each of us must bring to the effort faith in Christ and submission to the guidance of the Holy Spirit.   Lacking that makes life empty, often misguided and sometimes very painful.   Transforming faith and earnest prayer refuse to let go or to lose hope!

A fellow pilgrim,  Arnold Reimer

 

UNSHAKEN?

It is hard to remember a time in world affairs more unsettling than this present one.  When the greatest economic and military power seethes with division, indecision, hateful accusations, political stagnation, worrisome threats, and moral decay,  then international angst soars.  It is possible that some foolish enemy might take advantage of the situation , when respect and confidence in authority are so confused, and leadership is so consistently distracted and defensive.

We are living in times Scripture describes as follows:  “See to it that you do not refuse Him who is speaking.  For if those did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, (Noah, Moses, the prophets) much less shall we escape who turn away from Him who warns from heaven.  And His voice shook the earth then, but now He has promised, saying, ‘Yet once more I will shake not only the earth, but also the heaven.’  And this expression, ‘Yet once more,’ denotes the removing of things which can be shaken, as of created things, in order that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. (God’s truth and righteousness)   Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire.”

I repeat what I have often said in this blog; the Church, its leadership and followers, must speak, live and demonstrate with awe and reverence, not just the love of a gracious God, but the wrath of a holy God, who is a consuming fire.   Yes, the Lord our God, Sovereign Ruler of the universe, Creator, Saviour, Healer, Sanctifier and coming King, is patient, loving, gracious and forgiving.   But, He hates sin and judges it.   Eventually, He withholds blessing from the disobedient and indifferent.  That great and awesome God insists that we proclaim both His cursing and His blessing, whether they listen or not.

If the proverbial house on fire requires a daring saviour to disregard self in order to rescue the perishing, why, in heaven’s name, are we pampering the saints, watering down prophetic truth, and coddling sin and sinners?  Do we not understand our times?  Do we not realize that the popular parading of evil, running rampant in our day, and generally approved, left unmentioned, unchallenged and un-rebuked will hasten the exercise of God’s wrath?   Is sin so obscure in Scripture that we can be ambivalent about it from our pulpits?  Are we not to hold governments, educational and religious institutions and the general population accountable for degenerate behaviour?  Is the applause and approval of men so important, or the fear of their response so great, we dare to please men rather than God?

These are sobering, heart-searching thoughts for which we who own His name shall stand accountable.   Surely, for those who know God and His Word, finishing well demands a bold, fearless acknowledgement and response to these things.  Those of us who are older have been given the perspective of time, duty and experience to see a bigger picture.   We know the value of love, prayer, lifestyle and sensitivity necessary to an acceptable presentation of truth and warning.   We also know what evil can do!   In a shaken world an unshakeable faith in a gracious, forgiving God will enable us to speak lovingly, wisely and clearly.

A fellow pilgrim,  Arnold Reimer

 

WORLD CONDITIONS

Anyone who is a news junkie, as I am, has to be concerned, if not appalled, at the way things are going worldwide.  But it is not just in the Middle East, or Africa, Russia or North Korea, as bad as they are; it is here in North America, and, yes, Canada.  Listen to the news, read the pundits, observe government thinking and actions – and tremble!  Do not think for one minute that this God-blessed land of ours with its many benefits will go on unscathed by the consequences of making bad decisions and even celebrating bizarre moral disobedience.  History repeatedly warns us that a nation which thumbs its nose at God has a declining future!   Our nation’s strange love of diversity over righteousness, leading to our celebration of moral degeneracy, should lead us to repentance.  Pride does come before a fall!

We, and our world, are headed for trouble.  No illustration of our plight could be more exact than the television ad that shows a multitude of men with their heads in the sand one minute, and then running headlong toward a cliff in another.   It is one of the very few advertisements that make any sense to a rational person.  Forget what it purports to sell; it perfectly describes our sick and confused society!  Scary!

Hear the Word of the Lord, whose 2000 year old description could not be more relevent:  “But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come.  For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God; holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; and avoid such men as these.  For among them are those who enter into households and captivate weak women weighed down with sins, led on by various impulses, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.”   THAT IS WHERE WE ARE AT!

As clear as is that description of end times – surely, our times, so is the commendation of  those who understand and care about God’s holy purposes, and pursue them.  The Apostle Paul, encouraging the godly young man to whom he wrote, added this wise counsel to which we too must adhere:  “But you followed my teaching, conduct, purpose, faith, patience, love, perseverance, persecutions, and sufferings .  .  .  .  And indeed all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.  But evil men and imposters will proceed from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.” 

Carefully and regularly read the Book that has such heart-searching insights!

What do we as individuals do with this?  Take a stand for righteousness in your circle of influence.  Call to account politicians, pastors, educators, editors and influencers of all kinds.  Our democracy still allows that.  We are headed for disaster, and few seem to care enough to warn, to repent and to pray.

A fellow pilgrim,  Arnold Reimer

 

 

FLOODS

Who of us has not watched the pictures of flooded homes, roads and communities, and grieved for those living there; while thanking God for sparing our personal space?   It is hard to imagine what it must be like to have your home and belongings drenched in dirty water, with no hope of escape, in spite of the gracious efforts of friends, neighbours and government.  Even when the water recedes, the helpful sandbags keep the water in rather than letting it out.

The professional environmentalists have branded changes in weather as, “global warming”, or is it now just the innocuous, “climate change”.   Now they can blame almost anything on too much warmth or cold, dry or wet, cloud or clear, wind or calm, fog or smog.  Years ago, we looked out the window, or stepped outside, to decide what we needed to wear that day.  And, yes, it could change at will without creating apoplexy!   We lived at peace with the changing weather because it was what it was, and that was it!  If we were farmers it told us whether or not we worked the land that day, or spent it in a shed fixing some machine we would need later on.

As a youngster I remember clouds of dust blowing down our prairie street obscuring things so badly that the few cars around needed to put their lights on for safety.   At one stage of my life, I drove a truck through mounds of dirt that had drifted across the highway from the adjoining fields.  I also remember snow drifts as high as the eaves of a house or the height of a steam locomotive trying to push its way across the prairie snow.  Wise farmers found a way to stop the soil drifting.  The Lord must have limited the snow for it is rare to hear of such immense drifts anymore.

The recent rains have caused devastating floods in Eastern Canada, with warnings that more rain would make things worse, because the ground is saturated.   The rivers and lakes are unusually high, damaging shorelines.   Warnings abound of disasters yet to come.  Wasn’t it just a few decades ago they told us the ground’s water table and lake levels were irreparably low, making future survival almost hopeless?  In the long scope of history has anything really changed, other than the downward moral spiral of man?

Yes, there are initiatives we must do to control pollution and to manage the effects of the ever-changing weather.   The sooner we get at it, the better.  Before we try to control the world’s weather, would it not be infinitely wiser to improve sewerage treatment, find better and lesser means of packaging, help industry eliminate waste and other polluting by-products, or to strengthen laws and technology protecting our lakes and rivers from misuse?   Let’s support and encourage the scientists and engineers by challenging them with the responsibility of creating sensible technology that truly improves things close to home, without taking on the world.   Let’s confine the government to oversight and inspiration rather than management – before their pie-in-the-sky ideas bankrupt us.  It would help if we remembered, valued and honoured the power of common sense.

What madman thought that a thousand expensive windmills or solar panels scourging thousands of acres was a good idea?  Their limited life span and almost indestructible, costly materials, hurting birds, making noise, and dominating the scenery, are foolish beyond comprehension.   One power plant, whose pollution output science can control, creates the same amount of power at a fraction of the cost or disruption!   Who killed common sense????

A Proverb comes to mind:  “There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.”    On the other hand, one of God’s great gifts to the humble seeker is wisdom.  Another Proverb extolling wisdom explains:  “To you, O men, I call, and my voice is to the sons of men.  ‘O naïve ones, discern prudence; and, O fools, discern wisdom.  Listen, for I shall speak noble things; and the opening of my lips will produce right things, for my mouth will utter truth.”  When politicians, scientists, educators and business men turn their backs on God, and then try to fill His shoes, they make costly mistakes.  Ultimately they make fools of themselves and do great damage to those who depend on their decisions, including the environment, to say nothing of our pocket book.

A fellow pilgrim,  Arnold Reimer

POLITICAL LEADERSHIP/DECISIONS

It is time for the followers of Christ to stand up and be counted; or is it too late already!   Surely, we are living in times akin to those of the profligate prophet, Eli.  It was said then that a “word from the Lord was rare in those days, visions were infrequent.”  That is a tragic indictment, which seems as applicable to our day as it was to his.

We are living at a time when our political leaders at the federal and provincial levels are making blatantly immoral decisions, offensive to our Creator God, hurtful to society and destructive to our future.  We are, and shall, reap what has been sown.  I speak of issues like abortion, redefined marriage, uncontrolled debt, a whole range of the by-products of homosexuality, the future implications of euthanasia, the blind governmental greed and folly behind the approval of recreational marijuana, the bizarre efforts being made to brainwash future generations with gender confusion through public education.  What madness proposes Bill 89 with its wide political acceptance and potential of invading and belittling parental authority?

The supportive structure that allows all of this is the dominate philosophy of relativism.  It denies the sovereignty of God Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth and those divine absolutes He has put in place to save us from our foolish, lustful, short-sighted selves.

Worse of all, where is the voice of the church in all of this???  With immorality run amuck who is instructing the saints, warning the political leaders, protecting the children, championing righteousness?  Is there no word from God for times like these?   Has Christian leadership become so enamored with public acceptance that it has lost its will to rebuke sin, to challenge politicians or to warn of judgment?   Is truth so devalued and/or sanitized among us that only the pleasant, positive aspects must be mentioned?

Where, oh where is the prophet’s voice thundering out against the evils of our age?  Who is telling government officials that “it is better to obey God than man?”  If this is not the day for that, then when will it be?  Are we really willing to let society dance glibly into hell assuming they already know right from wrong so who needs to bother saying anything?  Are we so committed to relevancy that we have become irrelevant, and content to be it?

Is God’s instruction to HIs erring people so well-known that we dare to treat it with contempt: “If My people, who are called by My name will humble themselves and . . . .?   May God have mercy upon us.

A fellow pilgrim,  Arnold Reimer