Well, the election is over. I have also noticed the sun has continued to rise. The air is still breathable. And above all, Jesus is still Lord.
However you feel about the outcome of the election, I have several musings. The first and most obvious conclusion comes from Romans 13:1. “There is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.” Regardless of how we voted, we confess God to be sovereign over the election. As Christians, we wish to signal the governing authorities, that we submit to their authority, and that we will pray for them.
A second musing is over the actual campaign itself. It soon became clear that all parties, the Liberals, the Conservatives, the NDP, the Greens, the Bloc and the new Peoples Party of Canada—all of them are pro-abortion parties. There are none left in this land who will defend the lives of the most vulnerable members of our society. Whether because of political expediency or because of philosophical conviction, all parties in our land care nothing in 300 unborn children are murdered every single day. I am aware that our land is deeply estranged from God.
A third musing is to contemplate the first two musings together. I have wondered whether God is testing His church, to see if we might love the things He loves. I was recently directed toward an older book, edited by G.K. Chesterton. The title, “Eugenics and Other Evils.” For those who are not aware, Eugenics is the so-called science of improving the human race by controlling human breeding, favouring desirable characteristics. It was the logical outcome of evolutionary thinking. Some of us might also remember that the Nazis attempted to bring this concept to fruition, by attempting to improve the master race.
In his argument against Eugenics, Chesterton argued that “the modern materialists are not permitted to doubt; they are forbidden to believe.” That is to say, those who have no God are not permitted by their society to doubt the virtues of their philosophy. They are also forbidden from believing either in a God, or that the Creator has granted to each human an inestimable value.
In our day, Eugenics has lost its appeal. This is most likely the case because of its close association with Nazism. But, whereas we now say we must not control desirable characteristics and eradicate undesirable ones, we have now gone further. For we now argue that we must not save a child that is unwanted. To argue that we should, must be forbidden.
In Canadian politics, this dogma is now established. It is not permitted to doubt the unworthiness of unwanted children. And it is also not permitted to believe that such a life has value.
And this leads me to my fourth musing. Some of God’s commands are in a hierarchical order. Yes, we do submit to governing authorities. But we also know the early Christians were required to confess that Caesar was Lord. When such a thing was demanded, Christians simply refused to submit. The authority of the Creator always takes precedence over every other authority.
For this reason, all Christians must think very carefully. What has God called us to do in the present hour?