Shared July 4th, 2014
Beloved in the Lord
As Psalm 33:12 says, Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.
So our previous devotion took us to a view a single example of Canada’s fall away from its anchor, Jesus Christ, as its foundation. We then started looking at Canada’s wandering away from Jesus Christ at the federal level. Let us pick up where we left off. For anyone, whether an individual or a whole nation, obviously it is in our human nature to change but why should we allow change to interfere with our relationship with Jesus, God Almighty? When God calls for a change of heart and behaviour, it is not towards un-holiness but rather, for us to be holy like he is.
Well each day, from 1877 until 1994, Canada’s House of Commons was opened with the reading of a prayer which invoked the assistance of the “Most gracious God” to lead the House in their deliberations. The prayer requested of God that “peace and happiness, truth and justice, religion and piety may be established among us for all generations…we humbly beg in the name and through the mediation of Jesus Christ, our most blessed Lord and Saviour…” Let me end my quote here, on “Lord and Saviour.”
But what happened in 1994? Well, the Canadian parliament succumbed to pressure from Canadians of the secular humanist persuasion. Their demand was that the prayer had to be modified to remove the specific reference to Jesus Christ. Meanwhile, the irony is that the Preamble to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which I mentioned earlier, says: “Whereas Canada is founded upon principles that recognize the supremacy of God and the rule of law…”
Looking at the Preamble, it appears that it was an attempt to establish the rights and freedoms of all Canadians to what may be two unchanging and generally accepted truths, which are that:
1. The God of the Bible, who is the Creator of mankind and all that makes up this world of ours, He alone has the right to order the affairs of mankind and to direct our steps. So then, He is over all and just as His precepts are non-negotiable, so are His judgments. These judgments are considered right.
2. Canadian laws must conform to His law and that all Canadians must be equally subject to those laws.
Remember that at the Constitution’s “patriation” in 1982, Trudeau wanted the recognition of God as supreme removed but Parliament did not acquiesce. Do you know what is interesting? Whether Canadians, multicultural or not, like it or not, Canada’s modern hospitals and school systems as well as Canadian laws reflect the influence of Biblical teaching. The fact is that the hospitals and school systems were spawned out of the charitable work that was undertaken by Christian volunteers and missionaries.
Look at this. When you check out the Peace Tower and other Parliamentary buildings in Ottawa, the seat of Canada’s government, you will come across portions of Holy Scripture that are enshrined on the walls. Know what? These serve as a reminder of the roots, the solid foundation of Canadian law and convention. Check out these examples:
· He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, Psalm 72:8
· Give the king thy judgments, O God, and thy righteousness unto the king’s son, Psalm 72:1
· Where there is no vision, the people perish, Proverbs 29:18
· Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will to men, Luke 2:14
· Take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand, Ephesians 6:13
· If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there; if I lay down in the bowels of the earth, thou art there! If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there shall thy hand lead me and thy right shall hold me, Psalm 139: 8-10
· Fear God, Honour the king, 1 Peter 2:17
· There is even one from the Apocrypha: Love justice, you that are the rulers of the earth, Wisdom of Solomon 1:1.
Why am I saying all these? Because the nation of Canada now stands at a crossroads of history. Because the Gospel, which is the vehicle for the transforming power of Christ had exited the land of Israel and swept through such tribal cultures as those of Africa and Europe and had taken on various forms and expressions in these geographical locales so that it was the key to defining worldview of the various European states, including France and Britain which both gave birth to Canada.
Proposed prayer: Gracious Lord, in Canada, Canadians want to be creative, advanced, sophisticated, and ahead so much is said these days about “thinking outside the box” without tampering or balancing this creativity with wisdom. We know that as the proverb says, “Before one removes a fence, one must find out why it was put there.” Lord, help us not remove You from Canada’s heritage and let the Bible be a cornerstone. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Have a wonderful weekend in the Lord. To those who had a Republican day this week and to the Americans, happy independence day.