Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Political Engagement – The Cultural Imperative

If we want to stop being marginalized; if we are fed up with having to bite the bullet and vote for the lesser evil every time there is an election - we better step up efforts:
Many Christians believe that the Church has been asleep while other, more sinister values and principles have slowly crept into some of the highest places of governance in the nation. Some believe the Church has suffered from a spiritual stupor that has left them politically impotent and, according to the polls, basically irrelevant to Canada’s future. Does the Church have a role in helping reshape the nation’s future? Can it rise from silence to become a voice again? What does engagement look like?

If it is to rise, it must reject a faulty theology. Unfortunately, for generations Christians have been put to sleep in the pew by ministers who have bought into an indifferent and impotent message. Regardless of their social standing on the totem pole of influence, I believe that ministers still have a key role to play in rousing citizens to wake up, get up, and stand up for people and positions that will make a difference.

To have any effect at all, Christians have to stop functioning as though “separation of Church and province” really means the “separation of righteousness and nation.” The early Confederation Fathers did not believe that. They believed that Biblical principles established the foundation for righteousness in our nation.Many founding fathers were people of prayer and carried high levels of Biblical conviction. The scripture references etched into the architecture of our parliament buildings attest to that fact. They say that Gothic architecture was “engineered for heaven… intentionally drawing our eyes upward as if in a posture of worship…humbling man and glorifying God.”
In other words - if we don't promote our values, who will? And no, we better not sit back and count on the Conservatives to do all the dirty work and to deliver all the desired legislation on a silver platter.

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