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Canada Day, July 1, 2013

 Independence Day, July 4, 2013

 As North America’s two largest nations prepare for birthday celebrations, a familiar discussion arises.  It has to do with the founding principles which brought each of these nations into existence, and the subsequent drift that has occurred over time from those principles.  This discussion is heard particularly in Christian circles, where pundits voice the need for a return to the roots upon which the nations were founded.

 In other words, “It’s time for our government to legislatively reflect the values of Christians!”  That’s the cry.  Ever wonder why our governments have drifted from Christian values?  Well maybe - and I know this sounds way too simplistic - maybe this has happened at a government level because it has also occurred at a tribal level.  Yes, the people called Christians in North America - collectively - have much that they disagree upon.  Abortions, stem-cell research, same-sex marriage, lotteries, divorce....  And the list goes on and on.  So, when we ask for more ‘Christianity’ in the government, is it Conservative Evangelical Christianity, or Liberal Left-Wing Christianity?  Well, any one person would likely answer “My kind of Christianity!”

 Is it any wonder that an elected official might look at us and think, ‘we need to reflect a diversity of values if we want to encompass all the Christians.’  Think about that!  From there it’s not a particularly big stretch to start thinking ‘we need to reflect a diversity of values if we want to encompass all of the people of our nation.’

Whether we agree with this or not really doesn’t matter.  Because, agree or disagree, our ranting, politicking, or advocating for more Judeo-Christianity in government has never been an effective way to advance the Kingdom of God.

 So let it go…!

 Jesus never pushed the agenda of His Father through man’s power structures.  Now, the Scriptures do teach us to pray for our leaders and to honor authority.  But even as we honor authority, Jesus taught us to subvert the very leaders we uphold.  Which seems like a paradox, until you remember that Jesus’ method was the radical approach of loving your enemies and praying for those who persecute you.  Power in weakness.  But if we practice these things, then the state of our nation will always be secure.

 Jesus will be on the ground.  And his Kingdom will advance.  One soldier at a time.

 Canada.  United States of America.  Happy Birthday, you two.



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