The stories, testimonies and profiles of our godly forebears are a powerful and direct link to the past, allowing us to see major historical events and eras through the eyes of those who lived through and participated in them. Such a unique perspective serves not only to enlarge our understanding of history, it also provides insight into the character of these men and women we study. It is instructive for us to consider particularly the impact of some of those saints of old who were concerned with building a godly social order. There are valuable lessons to be learned from the lives of these trailblazing figures.
Christians called to public office have a responsibility to be true salt and light in their position; social policy is reflective of social norms, and if we will not uphold a biblical standard for a just society, we will inevitably uphold an anti-biblical standard.
We should not think of ourselves, as some have suggested, as living in a post-Christian age, but rather a pre-Christian age, with much joyous work to be done for the redemption of life and culture.
In observing her 90th birthday we reflect on the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. In spite of her human failings, Elizabeth exemplifies stability and uprightness – necessary biblical qualities in a ruler.
What does it mean to speak of Canada’s Christian heritage? And what are we to make of recent official comments on the values which shaped our nation?