“The time has come to rally around our common values,” Drainville said at a news conference Tuesday.
Sorry Mr. Drainville, but these are not “our common values” but your values and those who serve the same agenda. What agenda? Well, here is my opinion.
The new dogma of the Quebec government has been set. Secularism is the new religion. Any any competing influence to this new dogma of secularism will be sought and destroyed (very slowly).
“The message we want to send is, ‘Take the time to adjust yourself to this new framework of religious neutrality.’
“We think this is a gentle approach. We think this is a very respectful approach.”
This new religion does not want to seem forceful or domineering. They want to ease people into their faith. Like a frog slowly being boiled in hot water, I feel like this is the first of many small steps to rid any kind of faith from the mainstream public eye, eventually seeking to kill open expressions of faith. This is not “common values” or “neutrality”. This is about ripping the freedom of religious expression away from the people. This is about force-feeding the people the agenda of the “anti-religious” government (which is a religion itself). This is about forcing people to believe what they want them to believe. How will they do this? Beginning as close to the family as possible: day cares and schools. If they can convince the children, then they have won the future. Seems to me like the first step to becoming the domineering oppressive religious institution that once dominated this province.
“The time has come for us to rally around clear rules and common values that will put an end to tensions and misunderstandings,” Drainville said in a statement Tuesday morning.
“Our proposals will be a source of better understanding, harmony and cohesion for all Quebecers, regardless of their religion or origin.”
I am sorry, but “your proposals” are the source of government control and the “harmony and cohesion” are really about one thing: your agenda. Is it really better for people to not express their religious views? How did you make that conclusion? Is it in the people’s interest that the government get into every part of the people’s life. I do not think so. For sure it is in the government’s interest, because if you can legislate religion, then you can try to define what you want the people to believe. And I think this is what this is all about. A slow process of brain-washing.
So what is the Christian response to all this?
Now that I have given my personal “conspiracy” interpretation of what is really going on, how do I, a follower of Jesus, respond to this new law? Simple: I don’t. If I could vote against, I would. And I think it should be voted down and rejected. But at the end of the day no government or anybody else can tell me how to live my faith. Only God can do that. And He does.
So, I will seek to honor the government (1 Peter 2:17). That does not mean I can not disagree with its agenda. But it does mean that I pray for them. It means that I will continue. It means that if Ms. Marois walked into my house right now, that I would be happy to see her. I would seek to show her the best hospitality possible. In short, I would seek to honor her. I would not mock her or throw things at her. I would probably talk about her politics and how I disagree with things like the current topic.
But regardless of any law change, I will still live out my faith in Christ openly (very openly). I am not talking about wearing a huge cross on my neck or erecting one on top of my house. But it does mean that I will openly talk about my faith with others. Talk about His greatness, holiness, goodness, and truthfulness. I will seek to show Christ-likeness in my life as I seek to trust in Him daily.
What is great about the Christian faith (I am talking about the faith that is shown in Scripture, not the religious extras we have added to it) is that we do not need to wear crosses to show our faith. Unlike other beliefs, we do not need scarfs, and turbans, and other external dress to show our faith. We can live out our faith no matter the culture, region, or country we live in. We do not need signs. We have the resurrected Christ living in us (John 14:23).
So, while in other countries Christians are put into prison, tortured, and even killed for their faith, if my predictions are correct, then Christians in Quebec will begin losing their jobs for their faith. Are there yet? No, not yet. But we might be there sooner that most think. Is this a bad thing? Maybe not. It might be exactly what the evangelical church needs to wake itself up, get itself off its chairs, and begin making disciples like our LORD Jesus commanded us to. This is not a dark day for the Christian church here in Quebec. Each day the light gets brighter as the appearing of our Lord comes gets closer (1 Thessalonians 3:11-13). Nothing can stop God, nor His church (Matthew 16:18). So you might be asked to stop wearing crosses one day. So what? It should not stop you from proclaiming Him with your lips and with your lives. So you might be fired one day for it. So what? Who do we serve? Our job, boss, government, or the Lord Jesus.
1 Peter 4:12-17
12 Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13 But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. 14 If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. 15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer or a thief or an evildoer or as a meddler. 16 Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name. 17 For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?
I want to end by referring to my title for this post. I used the word “worthless” in my title, describing Quebec’s Charter of Values. Why are they worthless? Because the laws that might pass are not worth of my respect? Nope! It has nothing to do with that. It’s because no law or laws or government can stop the living God and His living church from worshiping, proclaiming, sharing, singing, living, and loving the greatest news that has ever been told. Jesus is alive and anyone who turns from their sin (repents) and trust in Him can be eternally saved from the eternal judgment of their sin, thanks to a gracious and merciful God.
Quebec’s Charter of Values, no matter how severe it seeks to become in the future, are worthless in regards to stopping an unstoppable God. The devil already tried, and he lost.