I’m a Canadian – I think…
A Christian organization in Canada called Crossroads is building latrines and providing sanitation and hygiene education in Uganda with funding from the Canadian International Development Agency – a foreign aid department of the government. Until the last couple of days, Crossroads had a web page that is reported to have identified homosexuality along with many others as sin. The Canadian press has been ranting, raving and preaching over whether this organization should receive government funding.
In the midst of this, John Baird, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, is quoted by the CBC to have said, “Canadian values are accepting, they’re tolerant, they welcome diversity. One of the great gifts that Canada has is to promote pluralism around the world. We respect religious freedom. At the same time, Canadian taxpayers dollars will not be used to spread hate or intolerance. That is completely unacceptable.”
I’m thankful for the clarity of this statement because it reveals just how astoundingly hypocritical it is. On the one hand he says being Canadian is being tolerant but immediately he states something as unacceptable or perhaps an equally suitable word would be – intolerable. John Baird should be true to his words, resign and stop spending Canadian taxpayers dollars spreading his intolerance and anti-Christian rhetoric. Moreover he has shown a zeal and fervour that is characteristic of religious fanaticism, which in fact it is.
It appears that John Baird and a host of other ‘true Canadians’ do not believe that an organization that views homosexuality as sin can be trusted to build latrines. They would rather see Ugandans, particularly children, die of preventable disease than support a Christian who is already on the ground in Uganda to build a simple latrine. They would prefer to send their funding through government channels where most of it is siphoned off in corruption or the bulk of it goes to purchase fleets of very nice Toyota pickups and SUVs and the requisite fuel. This is where the Canadian preachers of secular humanism are disconnected from reality when they sit on their sanitized flush toilets.
We need to thank God for Julian Fantino, who heads CIDA and is being bombarded with criticism. He sees through the irrational and illogical grandstanding and on the floor of Parliament, he has defended the latrine building program based on CIDA’s evaluations to date that Crossroads has in fact been accomplishing its goals according to CIDA policy.
If Canadian government policy is to not provide funding to anyone who believes that homosexuality is a sin – how long before we see the following?
· All Christian aid organizations cut off from government funding.
· Charitable status revoked for Christian charities and churches.
· Social services denied to Christians in Canada.
· Canadian citizenship stripped from Christians who will not bow the knee to pluralism.
I am a Canadian, but for how much longer? How precious to know –I am Christ’s eternally by His grace and mercy.
Phillipians 1:21, 27-30 (ESV)
21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain…. 27 Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel, 28 and not frightened in anything by your opponents. This is a clear sign to them of their destruction, but of your salvation, and that from God. 29 For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake, 30 engaged in the same conflict that you saw I had and now hear that I still have.