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DIVISIVENESS

A spirit of divisiveness is increasingly manifesting itself in North America.  Politically, morally, philosophically, spiritually, and in gender issues we are becoming more and more divided.  To some degree this has always been, but today there is an angry vindictiveness permeating positions, attitudes, words and solutions.  Lines are being drawn to such a degree that there is reason to fear Democracy will crumble, civil unrest arise and, tragically, even the devastation of an armed revolution.   If that sounds alarmist, it should!

Like all forms of government Democracy can be messy, but when debate and controversy have been allowed, and a decision of agreement or compromise reached, Democracy demands acceptance, unity (cooperation) and singleness of purpose.  Without that, it cannot survive.   Today, North American and European Democracies are dangerously threatened by unscrupulous politicians, bigoted journalists, extreme self-centeredness, and spiritual ignorance and apathy.  Our political systems are being ravaged by godless, immoral persons with little respect for Divinity, truth or righteousness.  Self-centered showmanship and demands dominate.  Secularism, fed by philosophical atheism, has captured the reigns and is setting a course to destruction.

There has always been strong differences of opinion on many issues, but more often than not agreements were reached and the majority decision was accepted and/or tolerated.  Today things are different.  Right and Left opinions have each become almost impenetrable fortresses with an extensive no man’s land between.  Freedom of speech jumps from intolerance to blatant vindictiveness.  Balanced journalism has morphed into bigoted, partisan rhetoric.  Diversity, relativism and licentiousness have hammered religious principles into libertarian mush.  Increasingly churches, once bastions of truth, now pander to social nominalism or whatever won’t offend the masses.

The newest, and as dangerous as any of it, is the war of the sexes, women against men , homosexual against heterosexual, even birth-gender against its basic self.  The God of creation and purpose is pushed off the scene, dethroned by the foolish god of self-determination.  Nothing could be more dangerous or crippling to the future wellbeing of mankind or nationhood.

Divisiveness is confusing and crushing communication, commonsense, conscience, communion with God and each other – all the things that build oneness, community, understanding, common purpose and motivation.   Noble achievement, its celebration and benefits, is lost in controversy.  We are truly losing our way and spiraling into chaos.  An ancient prophet questions: “Can two men walk together unless they have made an appointment?  (An agreement.)

And what can we do about these damaging things?  Humble acts of repentance will lead us into the arms of a loving, forgiving God.  Obedience to His Word and the pursuit of His will and ways will dramatically change things.   Selfless efforts to build bridges, hear reason and find healing will help.  Those who understand and know the immense value of prayer must remember what God said to ancient Israel when they had lost their way:  “If My people who are called by My name shall humble themselves and pray, and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.   Now My eyes shall be opened and My ears attentive to the prayer offered in this place (of worship).”   In that context an alternative is given also: crippling judgment!

A fellow pilgrim,  Arnold Reimer

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AN EXPERIMENT

Once again America reels in sorrow and disgust as evil shows its ugly head in another mass shooting.  The same old solutions are offered attacking freedoms, increasing regulations or whatever.  Like every time before it becomes divisive, political, negative and empty.  Everyone holds their breath waiting for the next incident, and hoping some solution will be found.  Fortunately, Canada has not suffered to the same extent, but day by day the news bombard us with shootings, knifing or beatings.  The indications are that things are escalating here.  Is there a solution?

May I suggest an experiment for all of North America?  We have a continent of very similar people, laws, language, educational and communication systems that lend itself perfectly to what I am about to suggest.  Furthermore, the costs of implementation would be negligible, relatively simple and apolitical.  Because of the universality of its nature even our diverse religious institutions can approve.  Non-religious types should be able to stomach it for the common good.

What am I suggesting?  For just five years lets put a copy of the Ten Commandments (in bold print) in every home, educational institution, court, police station, law office, hospital, government building, and a big one in every elected official’s office with a copy of the Beatitudes alongside.  Encourage every home to teach it to their children.  Require every school to repeat it vocally at the beginning of every week of classes.  Why not add it to the advertising spaces of public transportation?

To those who react or oppose let the universal response be, kindly but firmly, “It is a small price to pay for living in this great country.”

Prior to implementing this let the statisticians amass as much data as possible in a central place listing incidents of crime and social and moral problems.  Measure those statistics with the previous year(s).  If after five years nothing has improved, then scrap the experiment.

What have we to lose by such an effort?   If it saves lives, benefits society, enhances life, builds moral values, creates a safer, more peaceful, pleasant environment, would it not be worth it – many times over?   Thus far, nothing else has worked.  The politicians are stumped, while countless families weep.

And, yes, there is a hidden agenda.  Perhaps God will reveal Himself in tangible ways to the whole wide world, by proving to one and all, “That blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.”   When we hide God’s Word in our hearts, sin becomes harder to do.

A fellow pilgrim,   Arnold Reimer

(P.S.  Why not forward this to your politician, mayor, school principle, pastor, family, YouTube or Facebook, or whoever?)

THE TEN COMMANDMENTS

*You shall have no other gods before Me.

*You shall not make for yourself an idol . . .

*You shall not worship them or serve them . . .

*You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain . . .

*Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.

*Honour your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged  . . .

*You shall not murder.

*You shall not commit adultery.

*You shall not steal.

*You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour.

*You shall not covet . . .

 

 

 

 

 

HONESTY

Few character qualities are more important than honesty.  Unfortunately, it seems hard to find these days.  The most blatant examples of dishonesty seem to be politicians – and not just the more obvious ones in high places or other countries.  It is endemic, and tragic!  Whether it is right or fair to call all media reporting “fake news”, we must leave to the experts.  But the truth be known, it is increasingly difficult to discern between true and false in most things one hears these days.  Sadly, only the naive accept things at their face value anymore.

Where, oh where are the faithful watchdogs of truth in government, law, relationships, news, advertising, politics, business, sales, education, medicine and even religion?  The relatively recent expansion to twenty four hours of the news media has exacerbated the problem.  To fill the time we hear endless and instanteous news flashes covering the world before the facts can be known or understood.  Without thought or reason statements of opinion are broadcast, filled with speculation, imagination and judgments.

Talking heads, mostly youthful and inexperienced, become instant experts on every subject imaginable.  Political leaders are foolishly required to seize the moment, to somehow make statements without the benefit of enough facts, thought, counsel, discernment or wisdom.  To not speak is to be critized for being out of touch or uncaring.  To speak too hastily exposes ignorance and tends to mistakes for which apologies are demanded, judgments are leveled and a new poll announces public opinion.

The Word of God has good advice for all of us: “Let everyone be quick to hear, slow to speak and show to anger.”  “Let not many of you become teachers . .  knowing that as such we shall incur a stricter judgment.  For we all stumble in many ways.  If anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to bridle the whole body as well. . . . The tongue is a small part of the body, and yet it boasts of great things.  Behold, how great a forest is set aflame by such a small fire!  And the tongue is a fire, the very world of iniquity; the tongue is set among our members as that which defiles the entire body, and sets on fire the course of our life, and is set on fire by hell.”  (All this, and more, from the Bible’s book of James.  Add to your reading, The Proverbs)

Honesty, and wisdom, begins with the heart, “for out of the heart the mouth speaks.”  Keep it with all dilegence by asking God to put a watch over your mouth, a bridle on your tongue and a mind controlled by the Holy Spirit.  None of these come easily, but they start when we acknowledge our tendency to sin, our need of a Saviour, repentance that changes our direction, and the cleansing Jesus alone brings in forgiveness and newness of heart.  Those who learn the best have bowed often before the humbling altar of confession for having missed the mark of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.  Welcome to the journey!

A fellow pilgrim,   Arnold Reimer

 

 

CAUTION

Canada’s government is pursuing a very strange pathway destined to squelch the legacy of Christian values and freedoms.  Our Prime Minister’s father repatriated the Charter of Rights and Freedoms during his administration.  At the time it was considered something good for the wellbeing of our nation.  It has proved to be something very different.

It was not long before we discovered in numbing disbelief that it became the primary means to support and legalize crass and gross immoral behaviour.  The issue of rights trumped responsibility and decency.   Minority groups seeking public acceptance, despite their moral deviancy, were allowed to thumb their nose at the majority.   Such thinking soon provided the weird support needed to legalize abortion, to facilitate the public acceptance of homosexuality (to the point of desecrating the sacred institution of marriage), the propagation and practice of euthanasia, and now the damning commercialization of marijuana.

The Charter, designed to protect rights and freedoms for the sake of public decency, human dignity and common opportunity, has been hijacked by evil.  The more depravity is allowed to rule and the majority keep silent, the more the fundamentals of democracy are undermined!  Once the will of a nation has been captivated by rights and freedoms without boundaries there is little hope for righteousness or truth which exalts a nation.

The courts, parliament, education, and most frightening of all, much of the church, have all capitulated to the rule of the depraved.   Personal and minority rights rule while public decency is shunted to the back of the line.  Such behaviour took centuries to destroy the Roman Empire.  It is happening to us in mere decades.  The present government is proudly leading the march to chaos, while the opposition parties stumble along with hardly a whimper of concern.  The general population, self-satisfied, reasonably prosperous and spiritually blind, goes about life as if all is normal and good, safe and sound.  Caution!  We are living a modern version of Nero playing while Rome burned!

Now our government has thrown down a gauntlet before those who hold to Judeo-Christian values.  They want to require all who wish to benefit from their Summer Jobs Program to attest that the job and its core mandate respect individual rights, including the new values.  What they mean is: the government’s position on abortion, homosexuality, transgender, etc. must be accepted or honored before funding will be available.   No Christian institution dares agree with such a demand.  The critical issue is not the money, but the principle.  Any compromise on this matter will come back to haunt and bite us for long years to come.  To accept it is a rejection of our allegiance to Christ and His Word, besides a denial of our civil rights.

Understand the Apostle Paul’s words to the Ephesians, “This I say therefore and affirm together with the Lord, that you walk no longer just as the Gentiles (unbelievers) also walk, in the futility of their mind, being darkened in their understanding, excluded from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardness of their heart; and they, having become callous, have given themselves over to sensuality, for the practice of every kind of impurity and greediness.”

His solution: “Be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.  Put on the full armor of God, that you may be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.  For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in heavenly places.  Therefore, take up the full armor of God, that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.”

Followers of Christ Jesus are being forced to choose the master we will serve, God or Mammon.  On the other hand our government must be asked to declare itself as a defender of religious freedom, or its opponent.   The former is part of what makes this country great – and good!  It is time to take a stand for righteousness and freedom!

A fellow pilgrim,  Arnold Reimer

 

VULGARITIES

Have you noticed the increasing use of vulgarities in speech and print?  Politicians, leaders, actors, authors, media presenters, men and women are increasingly using language that was once totally unacceptable in public discourse.  Some of us have long cringed at how the name of the Most High and Triune God is misused.  That, of course, is the height of linguistic evil!  It is a direct disobedience to a command from God Himself. “You shall not take the Name of the Lord your God in vain.”   In an earlier blog I have written about that.

Increasingly, I hear vulgar language used freely, with little evidence of shame.  With little, or no provocation for it, in all kinds of situations such as theater, literature, everyday discourse, one hears thoughtless, barnyard, sexual words spotting conversation.  As society sinks further into moral darkness and depravity, sinful speech, dress, attitudes and actions pepper human conduct and spoil our environment.

God has said something forthright and heart searching about our speech: “My son, give attention to my words; incline your ear to my sayings.  Do not let them depart from your sight; keep them in the midst of  your heart.  For they are life to those who find them, and health to all their body.  Watch over your heart with all diligence for from it flow the springs of life.  Put away a deceitful mouth and put devious lips far from you.

Add to that this clear admonition:  “Do not let immorality or any impurity or greed even be named among you, as is proper among the saints; and there must be no filthiness and silly talk, or coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving thanks.  For this we know with certainty, that no immoral or impure person or covetous man, who is an idolater, has an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.  Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.  Therefore do not be partakers with them; for you were formerly darkness, but now you are light in the Lord; walk as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth) trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord.”

As followers of Christ Jesus a critical aspect of our testimony to an immoral society is what comes out of our mouth on a daily basis and in every situation.  We may not be able to stem the tide of vulgar language in the public arena, but we can be light in the darkness.

A fellow pilgrim,  Arnold Reimer

 

A COUP!?

According to a commentator, a remarkable change has occurred in a recent Hollywood celebration.  It “grew up”, he said, changing from a frivolous, fun-loving spoof to a serious, social statement by the ladies of theater.   And, they did that by uniformly  dressing in black.  Why, even some Canadian media girls followed suit!  This was suppose to be a powerful statement of solidarity for the rights of women to be protected from wicked, male predators.

My mother was raised in a strict Mennonite sect where girls and women dressed in dark clothing, wore a bonnet for a head covering, and were segregated from men and boys in public gatherings by a wide aisle.  Finally, Hollywood is getting it!   Dress in black!  Oh, some missed the point; they forgot to stitch their dress front from naval to neck, or to keep their knees well covered.  Unfortunatly, none of them wore bonnets nor sat at segregated tables.   But, the trend is born, and maybe men got the message.  Now, if only we could institute a system of chaperones for all girls under thirty!  Because of male tendencies and “thoughts”, I see no better solution.

Do I sense a whiff of revival sweeping across the land where modesty, morality, character, respect, decency and the nobility of righteousness are returning to both men and women?  Will it soon be possible that a Christian can attend a theater or read a novel without feelings of shame or stain for what is happening or said on stage or page?

None of this will satisfy God, of course, because He starts with the heart rather than behaviour and dress.  But it might make for some public decency, better self-control and less social disruption.  At this point anything is better than nothing.  The worry is, by the time all the bad boys have been hung, who will be left for future propagation?   The ladies need to do more than wear black for a real coup to succeed.

A fellow pilgrim,   Arnold Reimer

2018

History begins with the creative acts of God Almighty, Lord of the universe.  Nothing here, and none of us, are mere accidents of nature.  A holy God purposed our existence and thus lays claim to us.   Our beginnings were marked by the wholeness and holiness of perfection, the sweetness of communion with God, the beauty of oneness with all other things and the pure simplicity of innocence, order and purpose.  All of that came crashing down when sin entered the garden, contaminating the soul, crippling and cursing destiny.  Welcome to 2018!

Thank God, a door remains open to us to bring hope into chaos!   It starts with the promise of God to Adam and Eve.  From their offspring would come a “seed” to bruise the head of Satan, whose work brought, and brings, such destruction to God’s perfect creation.   His name is Jesus, Son of the living God.   After thousands of years of struggle and failing efforts at correction, into the darkness came Jesus whose life, death and resurrection have made a way to God by providing forgiveness, cleansing and life to all who seek Him and believe.

Unfortunately, much of  humanity, rebellious to the end, continues its struggle to survive.  Like our first parents and their offspring, we insist on trying to save ourselves, in spite of the downward spiral so evident all around us.  Ah, but this phrase, repeated in the Scripture, jumps out giving us hope and direction: “Then men began to call upon the name of the Lord.”  (Genesis 4:26)   The prophets urged, “Call upon Me and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things  . . .”   Jesus repeated it in His own words, “Come to Me all you who labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.  Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and you shall find rest for your souls.  For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.”

2018 dawns with the world in an unstable, chaotic state.  Governments and people seem to have lost their way.  Spiritually minded people groan at the moral corruption, the political stupidity, the senseless violence and the strange, social indifference that prevails.  It is time for us to call upon the name of the Lord – while it is day, for (surely) the night comes.

A fellow pilgrim,  Arnold Reimer

AN INCLUSIVE STORY

What a wonderful, inclusive story surrounds the birth of Jesus.  We happily celebrate it at Christmas.  Its inclusiveness adds another dimension to the biblical statement: “the Word made flesh to dwell among us.”

– There is the young couple, Mary and Joseph, submissive to God and supportive of each other.  To them, in miraculous ways, a baby is born and a family is established.  What a critical lesson that simple fact brings to our confused and lost society.  A man, a woman and a child, a family, is center stage.  Interestingly, a family was part of creation and  now, again, at the incarnation.   Make that fact a vital aspect of your family’s Christmas celebrations.

– The celestial choir, God’s angelic host, filling the heavens with a song of praise, a word of hope and a promise of peace.  Seldom has such a message been more important to our encouragement for these troubled times.  So much is going wrong, morally, spiritually and politically.  Two thousand years later our world remains in shambles as fear lurks in the shadows wanting to leap into center stage.  But God’s purposes and promises are always sure: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.”  He is coming again and He will bring that promised peace!

– The first humans to witness the stunning sight of holy angels in concert, and to receive the incredible, transforming message of God’s gift of His Son in human form, were some lowly shepherds.  They were the commoners, poor, hard-working, struggling for a living, doing the night shift.   They were societies’ forgotten and neglected.  How fitting, how godly, that they should not only be included, but among the first to know about the greatest event of human history!

– Ah, but God is no respecter of persons, for along with the shepherds were the wise men.  They were the rich and famous, the upper class, the world travelers.  God had tweeked their interest with an astronomical anomally – a special star, moving to a special place for a special reason.   They could not resist the invitation, nor its implications, so with keen interest and rich gifts, essential to their status and a new family’s needs, they came to a barn and a cradle – and worshiped!

– Then, there was Herod.  He was a ruler, a cruel, conniving despot.  Jealousy and fear made him a mass murderer –  of babies!   This wicked destroyer of families, at their most vulnerable stage, would countenance no potential rival to his authority or status.  The heartless slaughter of infants must speak volumes to hundreds of thousands of Canadians today.

– Is it not interesting that the story also includes a star, a barn and a variety of animals?  God’s full creation, His creatures, even darkness and light, were all part of the scene with its wonder, mystery and purpose.  It serves to remind us, it all belongs to God,  and comes under His authority and protection.  Whatever we think or do about ecology, it must start with God’s role, work and purpose.

– Last, but not the least, it tickles me to observe that vital to the story of inclusiveness is a couple of really old people, actually named, Simeon and Anna.  Probably both widowed, but fully informed and alert as to what was really happening.  They lived in the presence of God, listening carefully, speaking readily, praying correctly and adoring wisely the little child they knew was Christ, the Lord.  They spoke prophetic truth to the little family – warning, encouraging and instructing, doing what old people do best, given half a chance!

Yes indeed, it is a wonderfully inclusive story.  Every social strata, each with its needs and strengths, is carefully included in the amazing drama we call, Christmas.  A holy God, Master of the universe, took on our likeness in our world for all people for one magnificent reason – to save us from our sins and to direct our pathway to His heaven.

Have a truly wonderful, meaningful and happy Christmas.

A fellow pilgrim,  Arnold Reimer

 

 

A MORAL DILEMNA

In the name of common sense when will we learn that it is neither possible or prudent to dredge up the grievances of the past and to buy our way out of them?  How will the present government reasonably find, verify, justify and re-construct with integrity what was done to homosexuals, (or by them) thirty to fifty years ago?  Were those acts (at least most of them) not governed by the laws of that time, in accordance with its moral standards and the best interests of society?

What makes the present government so superior and arrogant as to think that its ideas trump the past, or has the right to use the people’s money, already in the red beyond reason, to compensate some according to the new morality?  Has there not been a myriad of such issues almost from the beginning of time?  Is it not wiser to simply acknowledge imperfection and to make the changes necessary to improve the present and the future if and as we can?

After sixty years in ministry, sometimes dealing with serious abuses from the past, I have learned that apologies and/or compensation rarely work to truly heal a wounded mind, body or spirit.  Difficult, but more effective, is the decision and effort of the offended person to forgive, to lay down the offense and to draw on God’s grace to do it wisely and well.  Without that, bitterness becomes rooted in the soul, lingers in the mind, hurts the body and defiles many.  No amount of apology can heal and no amount of compensation satisfies without that.  Surely this nation should have learned that by now with all our expensive but fruitless efforts to heal past hurts!

But, that is not the real issue surrounding the homosexual dilemma.   This is an issue of  godly and biblical import.  Homosexuality is prohibited by God and is an abomination to Him.  Sin, in all its forms has crippled our world into the moral chaos we all observe.  Millions of Christians in Canada cannot, and will not, accept homosexuality and its by-products as anything less than sin.  We are not homophobic, and for the most part, far from it.  We are people seeking to be obedient to a command of the Lord of the Universe.

All of us are vulnerable to sin which drives us in humility to God, controls our appetites, teaches us to acknowledge and name sin so we can discipline our thoughts and actions according to the divine will.  We stand before a holy God needing forgiveness and strength to resist evil.  We do, and must, love and accept all persons, but not sinful behaviour.  The decision as to what is sin, is not ours to make for God has spoken, and no amount of pressure, threat or disagreement can change the mind of a committed follower of Jesus Christ.  The God Who created us made us male and female.  He ordained marriage to be the union of one man and one woman with the family to be the essential continuum of life.  Our duty is to accept His will and work, and to fulfill His unique purposes for life.

Homosexuality is especially egregious in that it thwarts the creative purposes of God.  It destroys all future possibilities of whatever family heritage has been established.  Whatever our tendencies or feelings might be, we do not get to choose our gender, nor our sexual behaviour, nor any act of sin without the consequences of social disorder or judgement.   The devil (a liar and a destroyer) and sin have corrupted our desires and twisted our minds into acts of rebellion, lust and self-centeredness.  That explains the mess we are in and the moral confusion that reigns almost everywhere.   It is also the reason for Christmas – the response of a loving God to mankind’s desperate need!

Under the guidance of our government and even the opposition parties we are headed down a very dark, dismal and hopeless path.  It behoves every follower of Christ to put on the whole armour of God so that we may be able to stand, and having done all, to still  stand.   Only then will we be able to shine as lights in this dark place and, hopefully. to fulfill our destiny and happily thrive as human beings to the glory of God and our own wellbeing.

A fellow pilgrim,  Arnold Reimer

BLESSED

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