The Elbow of Trudeau

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It’s a joke, Canada has “Micky Mouse” politics.  While the country is discussing the serious matter of Bill C-14 and Medical Assistance in Dying and its implications, our government is determining the implications of the elbow of Justin Trudeau.

http://andrewholm.com/the-elbow-of-trudeau

I’m not going to lie, our Prime Minister doesn’t have the greatest reputation among conservative Christians.  That said, the House of Commons, and reaction as a whole, is a little off course.

If you haven’t seen this yet, here is some of The National’s coverage:

The Christian Forgiveness Model

I’m not about to hold Trudeau to Christian principles, but I will hold Christians to their response to his actions.

When we wrong someone (whether intentional or not), we are called to follow Matthew 18. Here are the basic points:

  • If someone wrongs you, go to the person and explain the issue;
  • If they don’t listen, bring someone with you;
  • If they still don’t listen, tell the Church; and,
  • If they still don’t listen, move on.
  • BUT, if the person asks for forgiveness, forgive them.

Some call this a “conflict-resolution model”, but I call it a “forgiveness model.”  Why? Because, as believers, we need to have a forgiving spirit.  When we go to someone who has wronged us, we need to already be ready to forgive them.  According to Jesus, there are no situations where we are not to forgive someone when they ask.

Mistakes happen…

Clearly, our Prime Minister took off his thinking hat, and quickly acted in the heat of the moment.  Did he use force?  Did he mean to use his elbow?  Did the NDPs try to get in the way?  Does it matter?

Trudeau realized he made a mistake and apologized.  In fact, he apologized several times – not only for his direct actions, but also for his failure “to live up to a higher standard of behaviour.”1

As believers, we need to accept that and move on.

Stop Making A Big Deal Of the Wrong Issues…

There are much bigger issues that we need to be praying and thinking about.  The issue of Medical Assistance in Dying is far more critical than the “swinging of ones elbows.”  This is a turning point in our history, and the right decision will greatly impact our moral obligations.

I have no doubt that this is the work of the enemy.  Up until a few days ago, much of the attention was towards Medical Assistance in Dying, and now we’re talking about “fear in the workplace” and comparing his actions to that of drinking and driving.  Where did that come from?

Stop Complaining And Start Praying…

No matter how you feel about Justin Trudeau, he is still our Prime Minister and our leader.  Pray for him, his Cabinet and their leadership.  Pray they make the best decisions and know that God has everything in control every step of the way (Romans 13:1).

Every time we focus on the wrong issues, we distract ourselves from what we should be praying about.

Let’s move on.

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Loving God or His Creation?

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RESPONSE: Do I even love God?

This is a response to a very humble and honorable question: Do I even I love God? Many ask similar questions, but are afraid to journey through an answer because of the possible outcomes. This is part of my answer…

As a Christian, I often ask myself: “am I busy being involved in ministry OR in my relationship with God?” Sometimes I think of this in terms of being in a relationship with THE CREATOR or CREATION.  I find this useful because it voices the concern in terms of God’s activity.  God himself is THE CREATOR, while everything in this world (including every system and science) is a product of God’s CREATION.  We should always focus on our relationship with THE CREATOR; however, by being involved in what God has CREATED, we support and join in God’s activity which in turn, strengthens our relationship with Him.

God, The Creator
God is our personal Creator.  When Adam and Eve were in the garden, it was clear their first priority was to obey and serve God, which is our primal definition of worship.  We were created in God’s image and likeness, and in return, we were called to obey.[i]  Our relationship with God was, and continues to be, our first priority.

God’s Creation
Adam also understood his second role ? to take care of God’s creation.  God told Adam to name the animals, have leadership among the rest of creation and to work and keep the garden.[ii]  Part of our responsibility is to take part in what God has created.

Our Journey With God in His Creation
If we continue to read scripture, we see that God created the system of ministry we serve in today.  Jesus talked about building His church,[iii] and sent the Spirit to empower the early Church for service.[iv]  Paul understood God’s creation in terms of God’s ultimate authority.  When discussing government, Paul told us to subject ourselves to their authority because God himself has appointed them.[v]  If we continue in this logic, the Church and our system of ministry has been appointed by God himself and he expects us to join in his special activity.   Furthermore, our lack of participation would symbolize our lack of involvement in Christ, since we, the Church, are in fact Christ’s body.[vi]

While God, the Creator, should always be first in our lives, being active in what God has created should be one of the ways we participate in that relationship.  That said, participating doesn’t necessarily mean you love God; rather, loving God means participating in His creation.  In order to love God, we must live lives of WORSHIP, LOVE His creation, and SERVE others as they GROW to do the same.

My prayer: May God allow you to continue to develop your understanding of your journey with Him.

 


[i] Genesis 1:26; 2:16-17.

[ii] Genesis 1:26, 28-30; 2:15, 20.

[iii] Matthew 16:18.

[iv] Luke 24:49; Acts 1:8; 2:1-4.

[v] Romans 13:1.

[vi] Ephesians 4:1-16.