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Canada's Twelve Most Wanted Answers to Prayer - August 2010
| CANADA'S TWELVE MOST WANTED ANSWERS TO PRAYER
GODLY VALUES IN SOCIETY When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices ... By the blessing of the upright a city is exalted ... Proverbs 11:10-11 ESV
Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people. Proverbs 14:34 ESV
When a land transgresses, it has many rulers, but with a man of understanding and knowledge, its stability will long continue. Proverbs 28:2 ESV
When good people come to power, everybody celebrates, but when bad people rule, people stay in hiding. Proverbs 28:12 GNV
Canada is a blessed and prosperous nation and the last thing I want to do is to be a complaining Christian! Thank God for the civil infrastructure here in Burnaby, BC, that could respond quickly to a large grassfire near our town house complex last week and get it under control before disaster could strike. Thousands were on the verge of evacuation but 15 fire trucks rushed to the scene and dealt with it. Not to mention three helicopters, countless RCMP and ambulances standing by. My concern is that even as God is shaking the World that the peace and blessing of God would continue in our nation.
As the verses above show, stability and prosperity are conditional on righteousness prevailing in society. I am grateful for the many Christians serving in Government but that does not mean that other public servants are not righteous! Thank God for the many non-Christians who have strong consciences, moral values and high principles. Not all in the community of the 'redeemed' actually walk in full integrity. Righteousness is linked to doing things God's way - the right way. Pray that righteous people will be elected to office at every level who will serve with integrity.
I have had a good look at the 'Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms' that was introduced in 1982. It is a remarkable document that protects and defines rights and freedoms that we all value in a free and democratic society. Canada is prosperous through the rule of law, and corruption, though not absent, is minimal compared with other nations. The Ten Commandments have been the fundamental basis of our common law which is a respect for people, their persons and their property. Our challenge has come with regard to equality rights which has led to the recognition and enforcement of the rights of a number of minority groups. It has been difficult for many in the church to see some historic 'sins' become law and even promoted in politics, arts and media. In a pluralistic and multicultural society perhaps this sort of trend is almost inevitable. What is not acceptable is the embracing of the culture of the world in the church. As the Lord shakes the nations He will also shake the Church:
'For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God ... ' 1 Peter 4:17
Two current issues concern:
ISSUES OF LIFE BEFORE BIRTH - Abortion:
This is a huge issue as about 100,000 babies are aborted every year in Canada. Pray for Roxanne's Law (C- 150). It is currently in the process of becoming law and will make it a criminal offence to pressure a woman to have an abortion against her will.
This bill will not criminalize abortion in any way. If C-510 is passed, Canada will remain the only developed nation in the world without any abortion legislation. Abortions will remain legal through all nine months of pregnancy. However, for those mothers who choose life, there will be a new protection to assist them in fulfilling their hopes and plans for both themselves and their children. (EFC Activate Blog)
ISSUES OF LIFE AFTER BIRTH - Children & Human Trafficking:
On June 16th, the Senate of Canada adopted at Third Reading, Bill C-268, which will amend Canada’s Criminal Code to introduce a new human trafficking offence specifically addressing child traffickers. The new law will provide a minimum sentence of five years imprisonment for anyone convicted of trafficking a minor in Canada and a minimum of six years imprisonment for cases with aggravating factors. We praise God that this will now become law. However the wider problem of organized crime and adult human trafficking is still a major challenge and needs much prayer.
Some other issues of great urgency for prayer and godly values are:
QUALITY OF LIFE ISSUES Poverty / Homelessness / Education / Health
END OF LIFE ISSUES Euthanasia
MARRIAGE ISSUES The challenge of the divorce rate and same sex marriage
PERSONAL PRIVACY Surveillance Society Privacy - cameras everywhere
MEDICAL RESEARCH Cloning; Stem cell research.
ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES Pollution, emissions, air quality, health
WAR Afghanistan. Canadians dying and injured overseas. Afghanis also suffering greatly.
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