There is something very special and unique about our great country but sadly we take it for granted, pick holes, find faults, complain and spend so much of our time being negative that we blind ourselves to the incredible beauty, riches and freedom that we have. Why is that and what can we do about it?
When you share with other couples who have also traveled a great deal around the world, the common theme we all have is that it so great to get home to Canada in spite of the travels and experiences you might have enjoyed. I think of the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver, when Sandra and I would walk down a street and all of a sudden a group of Canadians on the same street would start singing the National Anthem and everybody would join in. What pride we had in our people and this nation.
Is this amazing country on the right track or have we fallen off and need to get back? I would think that answer is pretty obvious. Can any serious born-again believer be content where we are as the Body of Christ in Canada in the 21st Century? Let’s remember that when our Founders of Confederation were trying to determine the naming of Canada, Sir William Tilley, while reading his daily Bible devotions, came to Psalm 72 and from there suggested the nation be called the Dominion of Canada, which was fully supported by the other Founders.
A wise Godly man shared some insight with me that has helped in understanding the condition of our country during different stages that we have gone through: “If you look at the spiritual condition of the followers of Christ in a Country it is reflected in the condition of the Country.”
Going back about 20 years ago, a remnant of spiritual leaders and followers of Christ met several times a year across Canada over several years and prayerfully dealt with four major issues we felt the Lord wanted us to deal with which were: 1) Our nation's anti-Semitism; 2) The French-English divide; 3) Indigenous issues; and 4) Asian discrimination.
We could see good spiritual changes taking place in our country but we got comfortable and our efforts stopped. You can also see the spiritual climate change in our country in the last several years and not for the good.
We can choose to be like the Israelites in the Old Testament who complained, murmured, and grumbled, or as true followers of Christ take our responsibility to be spiritual gatekeepers or watchmen for Canada. Scripture tells us to pray for those in authority and for those who desire to intercede for Canada we need to not only pray for current municipal, provincial and national leadership but also for the emerging generation of leaders that they will be anointed with righteousness, wisdom and courage.
A friend was complaining recently about the restrictions imposed by the government during the pandemic and how we had to “live stream" the church service and was blown away that my wife and I, in addition to our own church service, listened to two or three other church services as well. I guess it depends how hungry you are.
As we rightly celebrate our nation’s birthday, would followers of Christ agree to stand on guard, spiritually, for our great country?
Below is our National Anthem and it is good to think about the words and take a moment in your quiet time and sing this amazing anthem.
O Canada! Our home and native land!
True patriot love in all of us command
With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
The true north strong and free!
From far and wide, O Canada,
We stand on guard for thee.
God keep our land glorious and free!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee
Happy Canada Birthday to all!
John Grady lives and writes in Fort St John