“Is the glass half empty, or the glass half full?” – A Canadian Christian
What a challenge for our nation at this particular time! More specifically, what a challenge for the church! One moment we feel like we are basking in the glow of Prime Minister Harper’s godly and principled leadership; the next moment, we find ourselves under new leadership that is in conflict with every moral fibre of a Believer’s being. Particularly, after seeing the Canadian church unite and mobilize in a way we have not seen before, only to come face to face with what feels like a great loss, leaving many now very confused about the state of Christianity and the church in our country.
It’s in times like this that everyone comes to the table with proposed answers, encouragements, prophecies, and visions for the future. These are all good of course, but most often we come to the table with our “own perspective”. Two people looking at the same glass of water, one claiming it is half empty while the other claiming it is half full. The one good thing about our present situation is that it is opening dialogue in a more solution-oriented manner. Christians are communicating about “what went wrong?” “What could we have done differently?” Intercessors are more open to hearing methodical strategist, while prophets and apostles might have to sit in the same room and figure it out. The harsh reality though, is that we as believers are all going to have to sit at the same table with varying PERSPECTIVES. You can almost hear the shakiness in our voices as the Canadian church was brought to its knees having to become “students” again.
I had an interesting conversation tonight with a good friend of mine (also a Canadian leader). There were periods of great tension, and moments of downright total misunderstanding. As the conversation progressed, I discovered two amazing things:
- One was seeing “one side” of the coin, while the other was seeing the other side. We both, I think, forgot that both sides make one coin.
- We both were communicating information to each other and were learning from it.
Sure, one saw the glass half empty, and one saw the glass half full. But at least we were two Christian leaders sitting at the same “virtual table” having a discussion – and probably coming up with ONE grand solution, if we could only be open to the other’s “perspective”.
I saw this dynamic happen when I advertised this article series. You probably already know that it is called “Why Prayer Alone is Not Enough to Save the Nation of Canada”. What a risky title some would say. Some saw it as offensive; some felt I was accusing Canadian Believer’s of ONLY PRAYING and never acting. Some were cheering me on saying “It’s about time we addressed this”.
We all saw it from a different angle. For me, I intentionally put the word “alone” in the title to make clear that I believe in a healthy balance of both prayer AND action. And if the Canadian coin ends up on the “prayer only” side, we are going to be in trouble as a nation. But with the more responses I got, I realized that many people, depending on what role they played in the election, read that title completely different from one another. Some didn’t see the word “alone” there at all, while others saw it clearly! The difference in perspective led people to read it through their own filters, past experiences, or even critical thinking – on both sides.
What I enjoyed most about it was that we were having a real discussion, and different perspectives were shared.
You see this is the law of “objectivity”. Meaning – there are two sides to every coin. There are two sides to every story; and often two perspectives in every conversation. These two sides or perspectives (even if we are irritated by the other’s perspective) are necessary to make up a balance. “An unjust balance is an abomination to the Lord.” In God’s eyes, “balance” is actually just!
So is the glass half empty? Or is the glass half full? Have we, the Canadian church, over emphasized prayer or prophecy at the expense of crucial foundational natural realm activities? Or, have we leaned too much on our own understanding and workaholism; and not yet got the breakthrough in prayer? Is it an issue of praying for another revival or is it a need for more strategic training in some fundamentals? Pray for office, or run for office? Maybe it’s all of the above. Just tonight I spoke with someone who believed this election has at the very least awakened the church to a number of issues. That was a perspective that encouraged me.
I invite you to be open to new perspectives during this article series.
Stay tuned for part 2 …
Until He has Dominion…
Pastor Derek Schneider
President of History Makers Academy
Founder of History Makers Society