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BLESSED

November 11, 2017

My darling wife (of 63 happy years) and I live in a vibrant community of seniors.  A word commonly heard describing life here, is “blessed”.  It is also regularly used to describe the privilege of living in this country.  Indeed, Canadians are a highly blessed people above and beyond any place on earth to my knowledge.  But, it is not something to be taken for granted.  Like many valuable things our hold on it is tenuous.  By nature blessing is conditional and perishable.

Our God has told us how to nurture and protect His blessing.  It is first of all a gift to those who believe in Him through the saving work of His Son, Jesus Christ.  It also requires obedience to His Word which states: “To sum up, let all be harmonious, sympathetic, brotherly, kindhearted and humble in spirit; not returning evil for evil, or insult for insult, but giving a blessing instead; for you were called for the very purpose that you might inherit a blessing.  For, ‘Let him who means to love life and see good days refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips from speaking guile.  And let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it.  For the eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and His ears attend to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil’.”   Jesus came to make these attributes and deeds available to us.

That important admonition is widely disregarded in Canada these days, which should concern all who care.  Successive governments have deliberately chosen to reject or disobey God’s rules, and to set up their own.  A deviant list needs to be remembered and repentantly considered:  liberalized divorce, disregard of the Sabbath,  approval of abortion killing millions, acceptance of homosexuality and same-sex marriage, the whole transgender issue flaunting commonsense and the creative purposes of a holy God, the weird, ignorant and greed-driven legalization of marijuana usage beyond medical necessity, and the massive, growing and crippling national debt.  The appalling inability of Canadians to discern when unconscionable politicians bribe the populace for a vote with taxes all of us must pay for years to come, is irrational, sad and delusional.

The Judeo-Christian values that once built the strong foundation of this country are being undermined and abandoned.  The push for multiculturalism, diversity and unbridled civil rights is destroying the essential principles and qualities that make true freedoms work, and the blessing of God possible.   The kindness of religious freedom cannot be interpreted as equality for all, or open-ended inclusion.  Anyone who has travelled widely and thought rationally knows, and has seen, the hurtful, social consequences of most religions where they dominate.  It is a reason Christianity is committed to missionary endeavour worldwide.  It is also the reason why others seek refuge here.

It is a blessing for our freedoms and values to be generous and inclusive.  But it is a curse if they become the pathway to our assimilation.   This nation was built upon a common standard of biblical righteousness.  To deny it, or to try to equalize it with all other forms of thought, is to lose it and its benefits.  History repeatedly warns of the kind of collapse that weakened faith in a holy God, and the foolish acceptance of idolatry, inevitably invites.  The secularization of society is a first step to our demise.  We are well on the way as we try to accommodate anything and everything at the expense of our Judeo-Christian values!

There is reason to read again the words of the second paragraph and “to seek the Lord while He may be found, for the night comes when no man can work.”  He, and our obedience to Him, is the reason for our blessings.  Unfortunately, the lessons of history,  the direction of our government and the state of the church are not encouraging.

A fellow pilgrim,  Arnold Reimer

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