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Last week’s federal election did not have the overall result that Western Canada was hoping for. The election results produced apprehension in the (majority) Conservative half of our nation. And apprehension soon turned to outrage.
Another four years of not being heard. Another four years of resources being drained. Another four years of the West’s priorities not being prioritized. Another four years…. cried the Conservatives.
A movement across social media was calling for an overt cleaving of our country in two. The Republic of Western Canada. A Canadian version of Brexit. To cut ourselves off from the East. #wexit
This knee-jerk reaction of slander and separation was driven entirely by fear. Tunnel-vision.
Conservatives boiled down politics in Canada to black vs white, bad vs good, East vs West.
But in doing so we, the ‘overlooked’, are ourselves overlooking another group. The North. And to those in the East, our speech was reduced to playground jibes only made acceptable under the internet’s shield of ‘adulthood’.
In our hostility, the West forgot about others. We forgot about a higher Authority.
This from part of the West most likely to self-identify as ‘Christian’.
We forgot to trust God. We forgot to love our neighbor.
To you Conservative Christians, I need to remind you that however you feel about our nation’s leader, there exists a higher Sovereignty than our Parliament. There exists a plan for this nation better than the one drafted by your particular political party.
Regardless of Red, Blue or Orange, whether the face of our nation wears a white collar or blue, their hands will be guided by the Sovereign Will.
Conflict is inevitable. Clashes of worldview are unavoidable. But if you are a Conservative who calls themselves a Christian, remember that there exists a higher standard.
This standard will affect how you do conflict.
This standard will affect how you relate to authority.
We forget that most of the Old Testament, and the entirety of the New Testament was written while Israel was under authority that conflicted with their heaven-derived worldview.
Israel, during Isaiah’s time, was under Babylonian captivity. Their charge? To remember that their God. To trust He will sustain and rescue. To rest assured His purpose will stand.
Israel, during Jeremiah’s time, was again in Babylonian exile. Their charge? Make your city better. Make your country better. Bless it. Help it prosper.
Israel, during Jesus’ time until 300 years after, was occupied by Rome. Their charge? Share your belongings. Eat together. Be known by your love. Take care of the widows and orphans in their distress. Aim for unity.
Even some of his own disciples were shocked that Jesus didn’t overthrow Roman rule. But Jesus came as a baby, not a ballot option. He rode inside a womb instead of on a white stallion.
Rather than forcing love top-down from a palace, Jesus walked the countryside, sharing time people, giving voice to the minority and reminding the forgotten of their value, living the standards of His Father’s kingdom within the confines of another.
Peace, he said. Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, he said. Turn the other cheek, and then give your cloak, he said. I am not opposed to government, he said, but I work within it and above it. Seek first MY kingdom, he said. Love your neighbor, he said. I am sending you out into the world as ambassadors of love, he said.
So, Conservative Christians, the government is again not yours. But let’s not be reduced to calling for the destruction of the country that every citizen, no matter the color of the sign on their lawn, loves. Let’s not act out of fear.
Be held to the higher standard.
Focus on how you can make your family, your neighborhood, your country better.
Trust God holds our country tighter than Trudeau. That he will provide for your family.
Build community. Welcome people into your home. Show mercy. Be known for your love. Cherish people holding different opinions as friends.
Stand for things, but have your character and integrity deliver the message rather than the intensity of your words. Fight for the things you believe in with wisdom and grace rather than hostility. Hold your leader in prayer rather than contempt. And above all, trust the All-Sovereign God who hears you from heaven.
Trust God. Love others.
Even when your colors don’t fly in Ottawa.