I want to begin by stating that no matter how Prime Minister Justin Trudeau frames it, as a constitutional right, as a part of Canadian society, or as part of his basic feminist agenda: abortion is the slaughtering of unborn children. I am reminded of Solzhenitsyn’s statement that all that evil demands to succeed is an acceptable ideology. For a long time now, ideology has been masking great wickedness. If you doubt me, find a website that actually shows the pictures of aborted children. The pictures are abhorrent and sickening because the practice is abhorrent and evil. Many pro-abortion groups consider these pictures to be hate propaganda. They don’t want the wider public to actually see what is going on in the abortuaries of our nation. This is a crime against God.
But I don’t want to address the government side of this matter. Rather, I wish to address the church side of the matter. We the church are not unaware that we do not have the power to stop abortion in this country. Furthermore, we are called upon to love those who have had an abortion and to provide grace where we can. But fundamental to what we believe is that human beings are created in the image of God. As David expresses so eloquently in Psalm 139:13-16, “You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I am fearfully and wonderfully made….wonderful are Your works.”
As we all know, in order to receive government funding for the Canada Summer Jobs Program, churches will now be required to check a box that they affirm, among other things, the basic right of a woman to have an abortion. As I understand it, all agencies receiving funding will have to affirm the right to access safe and legal abortions. The government has said they would work with churches to help them get into compliance. No doubt they will explain that churches can teach and believe anything they want to, but they must comply with the right for a woman to have an abortion. The matter seems settled. No matter how much pressure religious groups will seek to exert, the prime minister has told us that his mind is made up.
Because I believe God is sovereign over all things, even this, I must then ask what it is that God wants of His church at this hour. The answer seems obvious. The present edict by our government is a test for every local church, regarding her fidelity to her Lord. Will we prefer Jesus over government funds?
I have been studying Revelation 12-17 in preparation for my third installment of a study of Revelation entitled, “The Triumph of the Lamb.” Revelation 13:16-17 says, “Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead, so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark.”
Without interpreting the text, notice that the Antichrist controls finances. His control of the finances allows him to defeat the Saints. And yet, as Revelation 12:11 says so well, “And they (the saints) have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death.”
Well now, please don’t misunderstand my point. I am not suggesting our prime minister is the antichrist. Neither am I suggesting that his edicts will call us to lay down our lives. No, for us, the test is much more modest. Out of loyalty to our Saviour, we would tell our prime minister that Jesus is far more precious than the Canada Summer Jobs Grants. You keep your money, and we will keep Christ!