Fear for This Man

Fear for this man, but do not fear him.

Politicians are always talking, writing, communicating and making news in one way or another, and it is easy sometimes to ignore them as one would any background noise. But sometimes a person in the public eye utters a phrase that makes you stop, think, and shudder. That moment came for me when Justin Trudeau complained that the US was backsliding on abortion rights. It caught me off-guard, because the word, backslide is so Christian, so religious, even Evangelical. It is the language of serious preachers calling the wayward to repentance. It is a perfectly good word for its purpose: it is a call to revival! The fact that Prime Minister Trudeau used it not only once, but again prior to meeting with the US Vice President, betrays a religious fervour in his support of the right to abort. The dogmatism of the Prime Minister and his party is clear: abortion is a Charter right (even though not contained in the charter). In Canada, there is no law regarding abortion. So legally, abortion can occur at any time up to the point of birth. Canada is now only outdone by some jurisdictions in the US where post-birth infanticide (it can’t really be called abortion after birth). The right to terminate a child’s life functions as a sacrament of secularism (Doug Wilson makes this abundantly clear in this podcast from the Ezra Institute). One’s position on abortion, euthanasia, and infanticide is in fact a salvation issue. It is a sin (murder) and 1) sin breaks God’s Law and places us under His judgement (Romans 3) and 2) advocating for that sin is open rebellion against God (Romans 1:18-32). For the purposes of this article, I propose that one cannot be a Christian and support or encourage abortion. To support sin is to live in sin and to be excluded from the Kingdom of God (1 John 3:4 & 1 Corinthians 5:1).

But it isn’t my point to prove the horrendous nature of abortion in this article, or even how it functions as a human sacrifice for secular gods. That it is a form of execution of innocent human life, sometimes by cruel torture, is well-documented for those who are willing to look at it critically and objectively. The frantic, bizarre and uncontrolled emotions directed toward anyone who would even suggest an abortion limit is the stuff of daily news.

My point here is something else: I fear for this man. He is not ready to die. When a man’s heart is hardened to the extent that he feels he must use the language of religious revival to enforce his point, he is near the point of being forever lost. Hell awaits, whether he lives another year or forty more years. He is not ready.

The sudden death of the young (37), progressive, Christian and abortion advocate Rachel Held Evans on May 4th of this year has made me sensitive to this heart-matter. She always claimed that she opposed abortion but rejected any limits on it whatsoever. If this was her heart, she was not ready to die.

There are times in human history where something so momentous, so sweeping is on the horizon, that those who believe they are in control of history are blind to how they are merely a part of the history of God’s making.

An event like this one occurred in the week leading up to the crucifixion:

47 So the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered the council and said, “What are we to do? For this man performs many signs. 48 If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation.” 49 But one of them, Caiaphas, who was the high priest that year, said to them, “You know nothing at all. 50 Nor do you understand that it is better for you that one man should die for the people, not that the whole nation should perish.” 51 He did not say this of his own accord, but being the high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the nation, 52 and not for the nation only, but also to gather into one the children of God who are scattered abroad. 53 So from that day on they made plans to put him to death. John 11:47-53

14 It was Caiaphas who had advised the Jews that it would be expedient that one man should die for the people. John 18:14 (ESV)

Caiaphas was as opposed to Christ as any man who ever lived. Having witnessed His miracles and hearing His teachings, His mastery of the Scriptures, his heart hardened beyond His ability to understand what he said. Here was an evil man who spoke the absolute truth and had no idea of the actual meaning of his own words. He spoke thus be God demanded it of him in his office of the high priest.

As important as the current debate over abortion will prove to be in our time, it does not compare to what Caiaphas said of Christ; but it does point up the fact that Christ, from the cross, said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” Luke 23:34 (ESV). The men responsible for the death of Jesus were not ready to die. God withheld His wrath from Jerusalem for another forty years.

Some men and women act as though they are gods, and Christians need to be wary of them. But Christians also need to remember that Caiaphas served at the pleasure of God, and not a minute longer. Likewise, no prime minister, president, governor or government will rule longer than God permits. We can say with confidence that Justin Trudeau, with his heart so hard, is Prime Minister by God’s permission. That being true, we must fear for him, but not fear him, for we fear the Lord.

He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings; — Daniel 2:21a (ESV)

We do not need the permission of man to advocate the life of the unborn, disabled, ill, or elderly. We need only to remember that “Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labour is not in vain.” 1 Corinthians 15:58 (ESV)

Our fear must be for the lives of those who are unready for judgement. It is the fear we might have if we watched a man carelessly backing onto a precipice, unaware of his fate. Unless something changes, he is doomed.

“Are You in Danger?”

One of the requirements employers must fulfill when hiring Canada Summer Jobs students is to make certain each student reads a pamphlet, “Are You in Danger?” which is a short instruction manual on employee safety. Each employee is made aware in this pamphlet of their need to be aware of dangers on the job.

It seems that besides exposure to paint fumes or toxic workplace cleaners, the Trudeau government is worried that the youngsters (ages 15-30) will be exposed to bad ideas. In the Prime Minister’s own words:

Additionally, these changes help prevent youth (as young as 15 years of age) from being exposed to employment within organizations that may promote positions that are contrary to the values enshrined in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and associated case law. This change helps to ensure that youth job opportunities funded by the Government of Canada take place in an environment that respects the rights of all Canadians.”

So now, the beliefs of the Christian church, all 2000 years of it, is a toxin, which must be kept from unsuspecting youth. Youth must never know the truth about abortion.

More here.

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Having trouble meeting people? UN says Canada’s laws on free association ‘harsh’

(Meanwhile, REAL human rights abuses are ignored: http://www.campaignlifecoalition.com/index.php?p=Anti-bullying_Bill_13)

  Jun 21, 2012 – 10:45 PM ET | Last Updated: Jun 22, 2012 11:44 AM ET



Maina Kiai also levelled criticism on the Swiss Canton of Geneva, where the UN’s human rights body is located.

For the second time in a week, a United Nations official has listed Canada alongside illiberal regimes as a prominent violator of basic rights and freedoms.

Speaking on Wednesday before the UN’s human rights council, UN special rapporteur Maina Kiai listed Canada — along with Belarus, Ethiopia, the Russian Federation and Jordan — as countries where “the laws are particularly harsh in terms of restricting the freedom of association.” Mr. Kiai was specifically referring to Quebec’s recently passed Bill 78. The law — passed last month in response to unruly, ongoing street marches protesting tuition increases — requires demonstrators to give police eight hours’ notice before a protest.

Mr. Kiai also levelled criticism on the Swiss Canton of Geneva, where the UN’s human rights body is located. In March, following a referendum, Geneva enacted a law imposing fines of up to $107,000 on organizers who allow their protests to descend into violence.

The risk to freedom of expression “cuts right across the world and there’s no country exempt from them,” said Mr. Kiai, adding that “there’s no way I will pick and choose which countries I will pay attention to.”

If the brutal and oppressive regime of Belarus dictator Alexander Lukashenko is equal to Canadian and Swiss democracy, people may conclude that maybe he’s not so bad after all

The comments came just two days after Navi Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, addressing the same council, called the Quebec bill an “alarming” move to restrict freedom of assembly. That prompted condemnation from Quebec premier Jean Charest and Federal Foreign Minister John Baird. “Quebec is a very democratic place, subject to the rule of law,” said Mr. Baird, noting that Bill 78 can be challenged before a court.

By failing to do her “due diligence” on the Quebec situation, Ms. Pillay “wasted a valuable opportunity to further focus on true human rights abuses,” Elissa Golberg, Canada’s Ambassador to the UN in Geneva, told the UN Human Rights Council on Monday.

“Too often at the UN, a doctrine of political correctness compounded by pressure from powerful blocs of states leads to jaywalkers being treated the same as rapists and murderers,” said Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch, in a statement Thursday.

Targeting Quebec’s protest laws do not promote higher human rights standards, but the “opposite,” said the Montreal-born Mr. Neuer. “If the brutal and oppressive regime of Belarus dictator Alexander Lukashenko is equal to Canadian and Swiss democracy, people may conclude that maybe he’s not so bad after all,” he said.

Both Mr. Kiai and Ms. Pillay’s comments were made before a human rights council notorious for a rotating membership that includes prominent human rights abusers such as China, Cuba and Saudi Arabia. Since its creation in 2006, the Council has directed more than half of its resolutions against Israel.

In May, the same UN Council sponsored a Canadian visit by Olivier De Schutter, the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food. After an eleven-day tour of Canada — his first to a developed country — Mr. De Schutter said Canada should drop its “self-righteous” attitude and own up to a severe food insecurity problem.

Speaking to Postmedia, the special rapporteur also blasted Canada’s “appallingly poor” record of taking UN human-rights bodies seriously.