“No more let sins and sorrows grow, nor thorns infest the ground. He comes to make His blessings flow far as the curse is found”. The hymn writer, Isaac Watts, in his now famous Christmas hymn, Joy to the World makes two Biblical claims. The first is heralding the Advent of the Lord Jesus Christ. The second, is to state that with His final reign, comes the eradication of humanity’s arch enemy sin and death. The world will be held up for judgment. The books will be opened and the verdict will be declared.
The Bible and Abortion
The late John Murray said, “Nothing shows the moral bankruptcy of a people or of a generation more than disregard for the sanctity of life.” Abortion is an indicator of the moral bankruptcy of people in this generation and demonstrates the exceeding wickedness of sin. The Bible reveals that man is created in the image of God, and therefore to murder man is to assault the divine majesty. The fact that man is created in the image of God is not true only of healthy adults, but is true of man in every phase of his life. Man is the image of God before the fall into sin (Gen 1:26-28), after the fall into sin (Jas 3:9), in the womb (see below), as a child (Lev 18:21; Eph 6:4), as one physically handicapped (Lev 19:14; Mk 10:46-52), as an elderly person (Lev 19:32; Prov 16:31; 1 Tim 5:1), and as having dominion over the animals (Gen 1:28; Ps 8:6-8).
Paul Harvey (1918-2009) was a long-time common sense radio conservatie commentator who developed a loyal following of listeners through his long running radio program The Rest of the Story as well as though his daily show on ABC News and Comments. Below is a link to a poignant three minute broadcast called If I Were the Devil. A prophetic piece in many ways yet as relevant today as it was when it first aired in 1965.
My condolences to all my friends in the United States. I grieve for your country today. America has historically been a beacon of liberty and independence. Countless millions, my family and I included, flocked to its shores in the hopes of living in a nation where you could become whatever it is you wanted to be under God. Your founding documents provide a blue print for freedom of the individual and a minimal incursion of government in the day to life of the nation’s citizenry.
“Justify your existence!”1 abruptly brought Adelaide Carpenter into the world of Aubrey de Grey, host of a birthday party for a Cambridge graduate student. Since he had to attend to some electrical problem and hurried away, she was not able to respond to his terse remark. But, in the months to follow, she would have ample opportunity to come to know and become romantically attached to this most intriguing Britisher. In 1991, they were married even though she was nineteen years his senior.
Back in the Neolithic era of the 70’s, I did some undergraduate studies at York University and was then introduced to a landmark study by Dr. Philip Zimbardo. Limbardo studied the behavior of inmates and jail guards in the now famous Stanford Prison Experiment and convincingly made the case that very nature of prisons and “total institutions” adversely affected the behavior of otherwise normal and healthy people. The results were quite shocking to say the least.
A number of years ago, I had the fortunate privilege of working part-time as a teaching assistant for a professor of Old Testament in a small Bible College. The course was Old Testament Introduction and my responsibility was to grade 53 weekly assignments and fill-in as as guest lecturer for two-one hour classes. What stunned me, was that of 53 students in that class, only 3 could structure a cogent, well reasoned and grammatically sound paper. By and large the majority of work demonstrated a basic functional disconnection with the Queen’s English and the rules of fundamental logic. Since that time, it would seem that the trend towards effectual illiteracy is running unabated and may even be getting worse.
Canada’s Parliament Buildings Point Us to a Better Day
These words of God call out to us from Him and from our nation’s history and from the seat of Canada’s national government. These words are enduring and are not affected by the nature of the individuals who occupy the positions in Parliament at any given time. Those men and women come and go, but the Word of God stands forever. These words call out to us to repent, to repent of our failure to acknowledge God and Christ as Lord over this nation. These words call out to us to do justice and pursue peace in the name of Christ. These words call out to us to believe, to really believe, to be optimistic and enthusiastic for the advancement of the Kingdom of God in history, in Canada. We need to pick up the Biblical vision reflected in these words on our Parliament Buildings; we need to take up the challenge. We need to put on our armour. We need to take up our Sword (the Word of God). And we need to start marching in step with our Commander and King.
The Exterior of the Peace Tower
The two verses from Psalm 72, which greet visitors walking up to the Peace Tower and the Centre Block of Canada’s Parliament Buildings: He shall have dominion from sea to sea (v. 8) and Give the king thy judgments, O God, and thy righteousness unto the king’s son (v. 1) are very significant. They affirm the rule of the Christian God over nations, over the people and the territory. The Christian God is in view here because the passage is from the Bible, but also because the King’s Son mentioned is Jesus Christ. The relevance of these passages to civil government is that, in view of Christ’s kingly rule, all people are called to submit to Him, obey His law, and govern their lives accordingly. This is a personal call, but it is also a public call, so it applies to civil rulers as they govern nations.
The Stained Glass Windows
The stained glass windows in the Memorial Chamber were designed to tell their own story. It’s a message of conflict, resolution and peace as you read from the East window, which is named The Call to Arms, around to the South window, The Assembly of Remembrance, finishing at the West window, The Dawn of Peace. Explaining the message of the windows, the Parliamentary website records: