Before starting the Bible Study, this past Sunday at Calvary, I took a moment and encouraged everyone attending to take advantage of the rights and privileges they have as citizens of Canada. Here’s the gist of what I communicated.
For the last several decades, the majority of pastors of evangelical churches have been apolitical. That means we have not publicly discussed political positions, parties or candidates. Because we have largely been apolitical, many people attending our kind of churches have taken that example and become apolitical themselves. This is not the way it’s supposed to be.
There are some things going on in government that are concerning for many of us, and if you’re a citizen, I want to encourage you to contact by email, phone call or letter any of the various officials, departments and elected representatives and express your thoughts and opinions on all that’s being done.
This is how democracy works. It’s actually self-government, and these leaders need feedback in order to make good decisions. Many people in our kinds of churches have been silent. These are the appropriate channels that our forefathers have given to us to provide feedback.
If you feel that citizens are being treated like children, let me encourage you not to act like a child. Take advantage of these channels of appropriate feedback and express yourself in a mature and honest way.
If you wanted to expand that further, encourage the people in your network of contacts to do the same. Lastly, take advantage of the opportunity to write letters to the editors of the local news organizations, or contact by phone their management and publishers.
Again, these are the activities of a mature person in our society and what’s needed to keep our democracies healthy. And, these kinds of things shouldn’t be controversial, but they are, only because we haven’t discussed them at church from the platform yet.