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Have you ever been surprised by the simplest of changes, like soaping your hands and wondering why no perfume smell once you finished with it?  Later your wife tells you about buying unscented soap for the first time instead of the usual scented brand.  Sure, unexpected surprises can catch us off guard, even be mildly amusing, providing a bit of a diversion from daily routines.  It is those bombshell changes to our lives that leave us reeling. Covid-19 is one of them.   Who could have predicted its long-term effects, which at the beginning was seen by some as little more than a menace, but grew into a monster of sort, invading every quarter of our world bearing its fangs and flexing its muscle on many?   Citizens of every country have become acutely aware of its devastating influence.  Other shocking events have been felt since:  The White House invasion, riots in the streets by Black Lives Matter and Antifa; even the news media have caused distress.   Media giants such as CNN and Fox News have been accused of bias reporting.   Reporting the burning of vehicles and rioting in the streets of a large city- CNN spoke of it as something akin to the American Revolution.  Listen to their account — “Our country was started because, the Boston tea party. rioting. So do not get it twisted and think this is something that has never happened before, and this is so terrible and these savages and all of that. This is how this country was started” –  You have to ask yourself if these same citizens and businessmen of that city where their businesses were being vandalized and torched see it that way, and what type of history was really being made by these gratuitous acts of violence by self-declared Marxists mobs in what previously were peaceful and law-abiding communities, who had no grudges to bear themselves.  Again, on another front, a Fox news reporter decided to walk away from his employment after having been employed for twenty-three years.  He said that his resignation was largely due to the lack of truthfulness in the news (he was speaking of his own network).  He commented that when you “begin with a false premise and lead people astray, that’s injurious to society and it’s the antithesis of what we should be doing.”   What we are witnessed to has been a sizable breakdown in our society and a rejigging of social norms.   More disconcerting are the lethal attacks on our younger generation which has occurred right under the very noses of our politicians and in some cases knowingly supported those attacks.  For years the homosexual, lesbian, and now transgender movements have spread their perverted doctrine and sinful practices in our society, often citing discrimination in their efforts to infiltrate society at every level.  Public authorities granted them free access to our classrooms where they spread their perverse view of life and sexuality.  Even now most of the parliamentarians from the three parties are supportive of Bill C-6.  This law that has been tabled will criminalize any action from parents, medical practitioners, and counsellors who dissuade youths from being converted to transgenderism.  To do so they may themselves face jail terms of two years and hefty fines.   Over a short time, our government officials have become more radical and immoral.  Today, if you wish to live morally, you are marginalized, accused of hate crimes, and will most likely be opposed by a “cancel culture” mentality, that seeks to silence your traditional view of life and God.  Any expression of real ethics may land you in the bad books of the “progressive left” and the target of shaming and intimidation that accompanies it.    Can these attacks succeed and turn us away from practising beliefs that have been long-standing for many of us?

Let us set things straight on this question.   This talk about Christians being extremist and dangerous to society is ill-founded.   We must understand that it is not a Christian and his faith that has changed.  A Christian’s belief has always remained fixed on honouring God and His Commandments.  His Word is the basis of the Judaeo-Christian way of life and has been that way through the ages.   Where the rampant change has occurred has been in parts of society and largely in the main parties of government.   There has been a rapid shift to greater evil which has gone on largely unchecked and unnoticed.    Yet one person of note has commented on this and his point well taken.   A former Liberal Party president and once a long-time Liberal MP says that his former party is now in name only.  He says in today’s Liberal Party, decisions are not made by discussions or debate.  Instead of being listened to, many people are “shamed” for their positions or ideas that may not be popular in some regions.  He speaks of the party as the “NDP on steroids.”   But we are not to think that the ruling party is alone in this; the Conservative Party has shifted their stance too.  All three parties, in fact, freely use the term “progressive” and all of them wish to be identified as “agents of progress”.   True enough the idea that being a progressive is universally recognized and does speak to some form of change, but what form of change are they talking about?   What it turns out to be is a wholesale departure from the ethical norms our nation once enjoyed, and if you voice any objection to it in any way, you can expect mudslinging and name-calling for not conforming to their anti-God position.   You can expect false allegations even so far as labelling you racists if you do not go along with the pack.

Christians will not be party to following evil no matter how it may be dressed up to look.   Christians are not given to threats and intimidation since we have God’s promise of preservation.   We will not follow legislation that abuses children or any other unrighteous acts against children or any other member of our community for that matter.  These days we live in are a distant reminder of another time.  A period in which are found similarities to our own day.  In the Egyptian period Moses and his people had come under the hardened rule of Pharaoh, who though unable to assimilate the Hebrew populace into their pagan lifestyle, they imposed objectionable laws none more heinous than the murder of baby boys, to reduce their numbers.    No matter what they attempted to do, they failed since God had cast His mercy and protective care over the Jews.   Intimidation is often a tactic to coerce people into a certain way of thinking.  In our day, that same tactic can be found.  To broaden the acceptance of abortion our policymakers have ruled to hold back funds from any group of youth job programs if they do not pen their signatures on forms showing support for abortion.  In addition, doctors as well must also recommend/ refer abortion to patients as an option to consider even against personal conscience and beliefs.   Under Canadian law, a teenager can have her baby killed without her parents’ consent, not even having to make it known to them (and to think stores are hiding cigarettes behind counters to protect them from smoking).   Tyranny and oppression come in many different forms.  No person must feel he has to buckle under it though.    Moses refused to be assimilated into a society with many vices.  True, he paid the price, but he resisted it, nevertheless.  The Scriptures give us a glimpse into his way of thinking.

By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin.  He considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to the reward.  By faith he left Egypt, not being afraid of the anger of the king, for he endured as seeing him who is invisible.  Heb 11:24 – 27

Moses made a wise decision!  God is not mocked — neither will evil tyrants succeed nor will heavy- handed pressures against His people go unpunished.   We all know what happened at the Exodus (if not, it is where God delivered the Hebrews miraculously through the Red Sea, leaving Pharaoh and his army to drown).  Through the ages the Exodus has become a symbol of freedom for those under oppression. The African American slaves often sang about the oppression they faced comparing it to the days of Moses and His people.  While God’s rescue mission at the Red Sea is known throughout history, it speaks to us on a spiritual level.   Whereas God safely delivered His people from certain death from a pursuing Egyptian army, we are rescued from our sins and the damnation that follows at the cross of Christ. The consequence of our sins warrants payment, and none of us can pay the price ourselves; only Christ can do it, and He has.    His sacrifice has meant that all who trust Him can safely pass-through judgment to the other side. Put your faith in Him and learn what it means to live, confidently knowing that eternity in heaven is assured and awaits any who put their trust in Christ. The Saints of old were saved by faith; so, can you.

 

 

 

 

 

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