Having just celebrated another Remembrance Day, we were saddened to see those wearing a white poppy rather than the red. It was a dishonor to our veterans and the blood-bought freedoms we enjoy today. Perhaps they slept through history class.
The Bible is, above all things, a history book. It is abundant with real people used by God to bring rest from oppressors and dictators. At one time, God called a man named Gideon to be a military leader to rescue Israel from the terrorism of the Midianites. Gideon built an altar and called God – Jehovah Shalom – “The Eternal God of Peace.” He understood the fact that God’s call to war was a call to peace. As the saying goes, “All that is needed for evil to win is for good people to do nothing.”
History’s wars against tyranny were not won by human strength alone. When a nation stands against evil, God promises His blessing and power. This is a fact that our society must never forget, and never cease to thank him for.
The nations who purged the Biblical God out of their society never got an atheist utopia. They reaped the devil of tyranny and oppression – as is evident in our world today. Those who wish for freedom from Christian liberty need to consider carefully the choices that remain.
Where do wars come from? God says wars begin in hearts filled with hatred and greed. The good news is that Jesus can transform the heart and make it right. The Christian life is not about happiness, it is about righteousness. And those who welcome Christ into their lives, schools, courts and councils, find that His truth brings liberty for all people – and that results in peace and happiness.
Jesus said, “It is for freedom that you have been set free.” Let’s stand firm on the Judeo-Christian pillars of liberty this great country of Canada was built upon.