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Christians: Out-of-Work

Many professions will soon not be available for Christians who want to maintain a good conscience before God. The Ontario Divisional Court gave the blue print for how this is going to happen in Canada.
Yesterday the Ontario Divisional Court ruled[1] that Ontario doctors must refer patients for all procedures and drugs, including abortion and assisted suicide, even if they conscientiously object. The Court held that “equitable access” to health care services is of “sufficient importance to warrant overriding” the right of religious freedom. This court essentially made it so that any conscientious Christian can no longer work in areas of medicine which have any relationship to killing children. This is not surprising given the current trajectory of our government, but it is frightening that there was no substantial coverage (if any) in the mainstream media.

The frustrating part about these kinds of decisions is that they are pure hypocrisy. Secularism may not be classified as a religion…

The Canadian Soviet Government

There has been a lot in the news recently regarding freedom of speech, which is intrinsically tied to freedom of religion. Lindsay Shepherd gained international attention because of her bullying at the hands of university professors at Wilfrid Laurier. What Lindsay intended as a neutral example of a debate about gender pronouns, turned into a prime example of the dangers of Bill C-16 and its impact on free speech. Although nobody got put in jail this time, that eventuality doesn't seem so far fetched anymore.

Christians need to take note of the governments increasing hostility to free speech and shift towards compelled speech because it is on the path towards criminalizing belief in the Bible. Another example of this shift is found in the Canada Summer Jobs program. The Canada Summer Jobs program subsidizes jobs for small businesses, non-profits, and the public sector. This year the government is insisting that employers attest to the following:
To be eligible, the core mandate of…

Social Media and Christianity - Part 2

Over the last couple of weeks I have discussed the topic of social media with a few different groups. It has been interesting to note that almost every group is concerned about some aspect of social media. But, more importantly, that most people had not previously to our conversation given in-depth consideration to the effects of social media on their lives. In this post, I would like to discuss a few of the dangers that we discussed.

Echo chamber: Social media is an echo chamber where we are only confronted with our own ideas. These platforms are designed so that we mostly see the stuff we are interested in. If another person is offensive to you they can simply be blocked without any more interaction with them.  This gives us the impression that everybody agrees with us and removes the possibility of being challenged meaningfully on our own views. The greatest effect, however, is that it polarizes people making a toxic environment for any sort of mutual understanding of disparate gro…

Social Media and Christianity

The Bible never says specifically that we shouldn't smoke, drink, do drugs, or gamble, but most Christian's discourage participation in these activities because of the harmful effects. We need to add one more to the list, social media.

Social media apps targets reward based behaviour which activates the brain's dopamine pathways, which are the same pathways that are hijacked by drugs, but are normally used to reward eating, sleeping, etc... The intended goal of these social media giants is to have you buy things from the companies that advertise on their platform.  It is true that this kind of advertising has been going on for years, so why should we be concerned now?

The difference is that companies now know so much more about how to manipulate you. In a article by The Guardian, it was reported that,
Facebook showed advertisers how it has the capacity to identify when teenagers feel “insecure”, “worthless” and “need a confidence boost”, according to a leaked documents bas…

Amusing Ourselves to Death

"Amusing ourselves to death" by Neil Postman is a great book regarding our addiction to entertainment.  In this book he persuasively argues that we are living in a Huxleyan world where there is nothing serious and everything is for our amusement. At the time of writing this book Mr. Postman did not think Orwell's prophecies applied to America, but I think if he where writing today he would retract that statement. Although it is not a heavy handed Government controlling our lives, it is the corporate bullies who are stepping in to fill that place (The government of course is quick to support them). They insist that nothing stands in the way of our amusement and if anybody does they are quickly removed.
In Amusing ourselves to death, it is argued that the rise of TV is what made us into an entertainment based culture. The reason is that it is the medium of conversation that has the greatest influence on the types of ideas that can be expressed. And the types of ideas that …

Gossip is Playing with Fire

Gossip is one of those sins that people don't really take seriously. As long as we are saying factual information and we would say it to someone's face we consider it information sharing, not gossip. Admittedly, I have gossiped over the years without giving it much thought, but that all changed when the tables were turned and I was on the wrong end of gossip.

God is very clear on what He thinks of gossip by the sins He compares it to:
They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents (Rom. 1:29). Gossips and haters of God are found in the same sentence which shows God's classification for that particular sin. We also know that gossip can have profound effects from reading the book of Proverbs.

A dishonest man spreads strife, and a whisperer separates close friends.(Pr…

Grace or Apathy

This summer has been full of the usual business but two situations have caused me to wonder at the state of my heart. The first situation involves someone killing their baby and the other sexual assault of a vulnerable child. In both cases the criminal has claimed the forgiveness of God and expressed repentance and desire continued fellowship in the church.

Part of me wants nothing to do with them, but the other part wants to know if I should be extending them forgiveness of some kind. Biblically speaking they both deserve death for their actions (Gen. 9:6, Deut. 22:25-27), but they both will get off with far less than that. Since killing a baby is not considered a crime that person will receive no punishment from the state, and since a statement of repentance is all that is needed to convince Christians of remorse there will be no further consequences from the church or their friends. The person involved in the assault has been punished by the state and similar to other one who state…