Well, the back to school routine is in full swing for another year. Did you ever wonder though how this routine of sending everyone to school came about? The kids may not be happy to hear this, but we owe it all to Jesus!
Few stop to realize the world changing impact that Jesus had on our culture in so many areas, not the least of which is our cultural conviction that everyone is entitled to receive a proper education. Unfortunately, many Christians have also forgotten Jesus’ intended purpose for the careful development of our minds.
Here is a short video that may stimulate some good discussion around your dinner table, or open a door for a meaningful conversation with someone who you would like to talk to about Jesus.
On September 15, 1959, George Vanier, Canada’s 19th Governor- General, opened his installation speech with these words.
“Mr. Prime Minister, my rst words are a prayer. May Almighty God in his in nite wisdom and mercy bless the sacred mission which has been entrusted to me by Her Majesty the Queen and help me to ful ll it in all humility. In exchange for his strength, I offer him my weakness. May he give peace to this beloved land of ours and, to those who live in it, the grace of mutual understanding, respect and love.”
This invocation of God’s grace by a national public servant stands in stark contrast to the installation speech only 46 years later, of Canada’s 27th Governor- General Michaelle Jean who opened with these words:
“It is with tremendous pride and deep emotion that I am responding today to the call of destiny[emphasis mine]”
While Jean’s positive vision for Canada also extolled the values of “respect, tolerance and sharing”, unlike Vanier’s it was completely devoid of reference to any deity. Rather than looking to God, Jean placed the key to our nations success squarely in our hands.
“We[emphasis mine] must give our young people the power and, even more, the desire to realize their full potential.”
With almost lighting speed God has been virtually erased from Canadian public consciousness. How this happened has been discussed by others. Here we wish to reflect upon an important implication of the fact that it has Continue reading →
As I tucked my son in last night his parting words were an utterance of understandable childhood excitement: “Three more days till Christmas dad!”. My response was shamefully pragmatic: “Well, the faster you get to sleep the quicker it will get here!” Admittedly, in my haste to finish bedtime and put my feet up, I realize that once again I missed a teachable moment. (Not the first time and probably not the last). Continue reading →
The world of the Old Testament seems foreign and strange what with the many fantastic stories, odd occurrences and strange rituals, and Christians often struggle with knowing how to relate to it. Even more they face questions or criticisms concerning the relevance or applicability of biblical commands that offend modern ears, and their own inconsistency in espousing biblical authority while failing themselves to obey them. While these issues warrant a much more lengthy discussion, in this brief article I would like to provide some explanation of how Christians relate to the Old Testament, in particular Old Testament Law. Continue reading →