Canada’s Greatest Shame

Recently, two Ottawa city councillors were up in arms over an advertisement on the back of an OC bus.  The message in the ad refereed to the millions of abortions that have taken place along with a phone number should you wish to get help with your pregnancy.  These leaders of our fair city are claiming false advertising.   The ad informs the general public that four million abortions were performed in Canada from 1969 – 2019.  Having checked  stats from an objective source the numbers are accurate as reported;  some organizations are not required by law to report any abortions in their institutions.  While unborn babies are being slaughtered in huge numbers, voices of opposition are supposedly concerned about the health of women and point out that they may be in jeopardy.   As well in this case that the Canadian advertising standards are being compromised.  The concern for the well being of women is largely inflated.    Advances in medical science insure that today a woman`s health during child birth is less at risk then ever before.   A recent study from the Institute Healthcare Policy and Innovation showed that only 1.6 percent of women actually faced a life threatening situation either during child birth or immediately afterwards.   Whenever advocacy groups for abortions speak out the way our councillors have, that to prop up health issues as the deciding factor abortions only side tracts the argument: the sad fact is that the vast majority of abortions are really done for socioeconomic reasons.   Any who wish to pursue this line of thinking —  that women’s lives are at risk —  are misinformed and  mislead the public.  As for advertising standards, concern would be better spent paying attention to the value of human life instead of finding ways to extinguish it.

At one time most people and institutions knew the importance of maintaining a Christian/Judeo standards in our major institutions.  During Moses’ day, an ethical code was established and remains to this day, even though less respect is given it.  Murder was listed as the fifth commandment.  Most every abortion is elective and kills an innocent life.  God forbids the taking of another human being, and by labeling a living human in the womb a fetus, does not alter the facts.  Life in the womb is a baby not fully formed but all its parts are in place for development.  For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. (Ps.139:13)  Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; And in Your book were all written The days that were ordained for me, When as yet there was not one of them. (139:16)  “And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus.(Luke1:31)

Today, we should recognize the value of a human life, not to mention the emotional and spiritual toll that abortion is taking on women’s lives in our cities and across our nation, and the awful state of the nation before God that the blood of these children is on us.

All this talk about being in violation of women rights cannot justify the slaughtering of untold millions not only here in Canada but across the globe.  Planned Parenthood is a large and powerfully funded organization involved in the growing death toll of the innocent. Those bankrolling this “holocaust of the unborn” is noteworthy.   The “billionaires club” meeting, according to the Times, included such notables as Bill Gates, David Rockefeller, Ted Turner, Oprah Winfrey, Warren Buffett, George Soros and Michael Bloomberg.  Headed by Bill Gates, some of them meet to discuss reducing the world`s population, using their vast fortunes to sponsor groups like Planned Parenthood, which makes profits from the largest abortion business in existence.

Recently, the movie  “Unplanned”, a deeply disturbing film that unmasks the devastation abortion brings to both the children it kills and the women it abuses, and the money Plan Parenthood takes in from profits, was prevented from being shown in Canadian movie theaters.  They were unsuccessful. At the start of the movie a horrid scene of an abortion takes place:  it was enough for a former planned parenthood employee,  who had personally witnessed it,  to quit her job.  I would think that most who see this film would reconsider their current views about abortion.    The message in the film is that of redemption for those who have gone through an abortion and that it is possible through forgiveness.

The following is a short extract from David Cooke, a pro-life supporter, who weighs in on what he thought of the film.

 Abby Johnson was a Planned Parenthood clinic director who changed her mind about abortion when she saw the gruesome truth of what she was supporting.  A  powerful and disturbing film came from her experience with a redemptive message that every man and woman needs to see. 

The Scriptures below offer both a word of warning and of redemption.   God speaks for protection of life both in and outside of of it.  God defines life in the womb and speaks of dire consequences for those who threaten it or take that life.

You shall not murder'” (Exodus 20:13,).

“I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live” (Deuteronomy 30:19, ).

“If men who are fighting hit a pregnant woman and she gives birth prematurely but there is no serious injury, the offender must be fined whatever the woman’s husband demands and the court allows. But if there is serious injury, you are to take life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, wound for wound, bruise for bruise” (Exodus 21:22-25.).

Any sin we commit is forgivable.  Christ gave his life to rescue us from our own sins and their consequences.   When Jesus spoke about the many offensives we commit, none were worse than the sin of unbelief.  This sin will not be forgiven if we die in an unregenerate state and come before His judgment.  We have a living hope in Christ now.   We can have our past wiped clean and start over.  Are you willing to believe in Jesus Christ as Savior and seek His forgiveness and turn from your sins?   There is hope for all of us for the many sins we have committed in our lifetime.

 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. (1 Co. 6:9-11)

It is never too late.   God has known you from before the womb and even before that since He has created, formed and cared for you and had you in the planning stages from eternity.   There is redemption for those who wish to find it in Jesus Christ, for He forgives and gives life eternal for all those who ask for it.

The Heavenly Hope

These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a homeland. And truly if they had called to mind that country from which they had come out, they would have had opportunity to return. But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore, God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them. ( Hebrews 11:13-16)

A few years ago, some friends of mine decided to sell their house and move to New Brunswick where they grew up. The husband had a one-year paid hiatus from work due to circumstances I won’t get into here. His workplace in Ottawa had a second location in his hometown in New Brunswick, and he was very confident that he could obtain a transfer to work there. He applied for the transfer and off they went.

They bought a large fixer-upper they absolutely adored in the town they both grew up in. The house was so large they were able to designate a whole wing as a Christian used book store, thus fulfilling a longtime dream of theirs. With much care they set up the store and filled it with their large collection of books accumulated through years of scouring thrift stores and sales.

But the year of fulfilled dreams ended. The transfer did not materialize. They needed money. The husband made his way back to Ottawa and returned to his old job. I guess he couch-surfed at a friend’s house. The wife and kids stayed behind in new Brunswick. Dad visited on weekends and continued to apply for jobs closer to their home. Months passed. The family needed to be together. They got an apartment in Ottawa and an extended family member took over running the store in their absence.

Our kids were friends with theirs and their apartment was about five minutes away from us by car so we started getting together regularly. They were blessed to find a really large apartment within their budget that had three bedrooms and two floors. Their main level was on the ground floor of the building and their back door led straight outside to a large playground. When we visited, the kids and I followed a well-trodden path from the parking lot to that back door and straight into their apartment. It felt more like entering a house than an apartment. However, once inside, the furnishings were rather sparse. They gradually picked up some free and nearly free items to get by. Some family members continued to sleep on the floor though.

When one of my children got a new bed, I offered them the old one. My friend’s reply has stayed with me for many years now. She said, “Oh no! We don’t want the bed. Just the mattress will do. Our home is in Bathurst, New Brunswick, and we want to be able to pack quickly and leave to go back there at any time.” I was surprised because things weren’t really working out for them to go back, yet they had a nice home here.

I can’t remember how long they stayed. I believe it was over a year. They never lost sight of their first goal and eventually they were able to return home. For me it was a powerful illustration of the Christian’s call to be a stranger and pilgrim on the earth. We know that this is not our real home. We are just here for a time, until everything is in place for us to go home.   We shouldn’t get caught up in the cares of this country as though we were citizens — we are staying here for now, but we have our hopes fixed on a heavenly country. The things people need in this country don’t always apply to us — what about my cell phone? …what about my bed? …what about ____________? We can make use of many material things even as pilgrim wanderers but there are times when we need to cast off things that are getting in the way. We need to be able to pack quickly and get home.

Canada Day Message

We all love Canada Day. For us it is Canada’s birthday, an occasion to celebrate the freedom and opportunities that living in such a wonderful country provides. Whether we celebrate with cultural events, large concerts, fireworks, or just proudly waving our flag, we enjoy the casual, family-oriented day. Back on July 1, 1867 the colonies of Upper and Lower Canada, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick joined and became a commonwealth in its own right within the British Empire.

Canada Day prompts us to remember our history.

We owe a great debt to our forefathers who had a firm belief in and relationship with God. They had a trust in Jesus that motivated their actions for the benefit of their fellow citizens. David Thompson, the explorer and statesman developed maps from his surveys between 1784 and 1812. Many of these maps are still being used today. He explained why he endured the physical hardship of exploration – “so that these physically impenetrable barriers may be traversed and the gospel be spread”. Like so many Christians today, to have found forgiveness and a relationship with God through Jesus Christ was such a joy, he wanted all to know Him and trust Him.

History says that it was Sir Samuel Leonard Tilley who originated the word “Dominion” in the “Dominion of Canada”. He was one of the Fathers of Confederation. Each morning he would start his day praying to God and reading the Bible. One morning he had read Psalm 72:8 which speaking of God says, “He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth”. He presented this to the others whose ambition was to stretch the nation from Atlantic to Pacific. This verse is now incorporated in Canada’s coat of arms in Latin (a mari usque ad mare).

The present one, dating back to 1994 incorporates another Bible verse on the shield of the Order of Canada  – “desiderantes meliorem patriam” which means, “they desire a better country”, speaking of heaven. We know that despite the beauty of British Columbia or Prince Edward Island, Banff or Niagara, they can never be heaven on earth because people like us live there. Heaven is an eternal place where God lives: there is no sin, suffering, disease, or death there. Sadly our world is very different.

Toronto’s 25th mayor, William Howland in 1886 urged voters, “Let us keep the city, a God-fearing city, and I would rather see it thus than the greatest and richest city in the continent”. He could hope and strive but a greater power is needed to fulfil his wish.

We believe in the rule of law in Canada, but God’s rule of law shows us what is right in His eyes, and also like a mirror, shows us what is wrong in us. We don’t love God with all our heart, mind, and strength nor do we love our neighbours as ourselves. Falling short of this is what the Bible calls sin. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:23). Sin separates us from God and would keep us from heaven and rightly condemn us to hell.

Yet the good news of Christ is that God who created and has dominion over all things came into our world in the person of Jesus to deal with our two big problems, sin and death. He lived a life without fault in a world that rejected Him and willingly laid down His life on the cross to take away the sins of the world. When He died, He was the Substitute Saviour paying the penalty that we incurred as sinners. “For Christ also has once suffered for sin, the Just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God” (1 Peter 3:18). We were not created to live without God, and through Jesus’ death and resurrection He has made a way back to Him. The living Christ welcomes all who will put their trust in Him, repenting of their sin, and He has promised to save and forgive and give us new hearts that seek to please and glorify Him.

The preamble to Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms acknowledges God’s right to rule over us. “Whereas Canada is founded upon principles that recognize the supremacy of God  and the rule of law”. Is God your sovereign? Do you know Him as your Lord and Saviour? Would you thank the Lord Jesus for coming to earth to die for you? Today will you ask the risen Jesus to take possession of your life, following Him as your Lord?

God’s dominion is from sea to sea but ask Him to include you too!