Saturday, October 17, 2015


Elections bring out the worst in people. We live in an atmosphere where Canadian politics is becoming increasing antagonistic. No longer, when we disagree with someone's politics, do we discuss this in a civil manner. Instead, we throw mud and minimize their value as a person.

Can I say this loud and clear:
There is no way that a person who claims to be a follower of Jesus can do that.
We are called to be people of grace. Which includes being gracious with our words. Recognizing every person as being created in the image and likeness of God (no matter what their politics). Recognizing that that image and likeness is flawed or broken in every person (including me). And so anytime we denigrate someone, we are making a comment on God's character and workmanship.

In a perfect democracy, minority parliaments work well, because parties and politicians have to work together. In our current environment, minority governments simply mean very little will get done and in 1-2 years we will have another election. Parliamentary reform is hardly on the agenda, because our political parties are so entrenched in an adversarial system. But none of that gives us an excuse to tear down an individual.

So what do you do on Monday, 19 October 2015 (if you haven't already voted).
1. Pray: 1 Timothy 2:1-4 (ESV) says:
“I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Saviour, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” 
We need to always be praying for our nation, our leaders - and during elections, all the candidates and voters – that Canada would be a nation that “exalts righteousness”. (Proverbs 14:34) 
We need to Pray for a government that would:
  • create strong families and marriages;
  • protect the vulnerable including children, youth, those living in poverty, those exploited, the unborn, seniors, and those living with disabilities;
  • share our blessings with the world in the way of foreign relief, peace-keeping, development work, and welcoming refugees fleeing persecution and violence.

2. Get Informed
It's not too late... check out the sites of the parties running in your riding. You probably won't find a party that reflects all your views - if you do, it probably means you are not really thinking seriously about the issues :-).

3. Vote
Get out and vote. Do it often (actually you better not do that!).

4. Be Gracious.
No matter who win. Be gracious. And pray for your MP, our Prime Minister and our country.

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