“When men with moral values refuse to come together and be organized, they will pay the price for it by enduring the rule of the worst men.” – Unknown
After this past election, there were many left with questions, disappointments and much confusion. Many of our own History Makers Society had many questions. I personally have to agree with the Canadian National House of Prayer’s recent letter that was released. I recommend you give it a read.
What I personally agreed with most was the following statement which included a quote by Sara Maynard. I think part of that plan was God beginning to lead us to pray for an awakening of the Church of Canada. Sara Maynard expressed the same sentiment to us yesterday, that “These elections could be more about the Church than about government.”
I am not convinced that prayer wins elections. I side more with the reality that votes win elections, and the votes simply reflect the moral compass of Canadians, at least of the Canadians who voted. If these election results are a revelation of where Canadians are at morally, then church – maybe we have some work to do! However some good news – this election saw the highest voter turn out of any election in the last 20 years. Especially among the First Nations communities. But I think we would all agree that we have quite a journey still ahead of us.
I agree very much with Sara Maynard’s statement that “these elections could be more about the Church than about government.” And not just about the moral state of the church, but everything from its difficulty unifying, its methodology, and even its ability to operate STRATEGICALLY. A nation does not become great by just its values alone, but also by the strategic systems it puts in place to enforce and organize righteousness – and those very values. Righteousness within a nation must be organized to be enforced. The church should have the wisdom to do this effectively.
“When men with moral values refuse to come together and be organized, they will pay the price for it by enduring the rule of the worst men.”
The church in Canada has excelled at organizing “prayer meetings” and systems of prayer. And we have ministries like MyCanada, Faytene Grasseschi , National House of Prayer, RedLeaf and all churches who organized prayer surrounding the election. They are all worthy of honor and esteem. But I want to echo Rob and Fran Parker’s letter and say that I think the Canadian church is entering into a massive learning curve. A learning curve that is well overdue. I am not saying that various believers did not show up in regards to tangible strategic action and serving. Of course they did. I actually know many of them personally. Thank God for their sacrifice and hard work – and the hard work they will continue to do.
I want to ENCOURAGE the Canadian church during this time, not to be so dismayed that we miss an opportunity to grow and learn. Sometimes this requires swallowing our pride as leaders, or even being open to new ideas and strategies. It was evident how deep some forms of religiosity run within us when I observed the reaction of some to an article entitled “Why Prayer Alone is Not Enough to Save the Nation of Canada.” I could tell it touched a nerve for some.
Could it be that all of us “see in part” and the church in Canada could be standing on the greatest threshold of change that it has ever seen?
Lord, my prayer today is that our eyes would be wide open to what you might be trying to teach us in this hour.
It was just earlier today that the Lord dropped in my spirit the story of the blind man who went through a process of healing until he could see clearly. I think this just might represent the Canadian church at this time. Maybe we are at the stage of total blindness desperately in need of a miracle. Or maybe we are seeing “people as trees” and do not have enough clarity yet. Wherever we are at in the process of an “open eyed nation” God is faithful to complete the work that He has begun in us as the most respected country in the world. We have a great destiny! Be encouraged!
I have pasted the scripture from Mark 8:22-25 below for your quick reading.
Until He has dominion!
Pastor Derek Schneider
President – History Makers Academy
Founder – History Makers Society
And they came to Bethsaida. And some people brought to him a blind man and begged him to touch him. And he took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village, and when he had spit on his eyes and laid his hands on him, he asked him, “Do you see anything?” And he looked up and said, “I see people, but they look like trees, walking.” Then Jesus laid his hands on his eyes again; and he opened his eyes, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly. Mark 8:22-25