The latest edition of the monthly prayer focii is now available on the Unite Canada 24-7-365-2010 website. As usual it is written by Dave Carson the Director of Intercessors for Canada.
CANADA’S TWELVE MOST WANTED ANSWERS TO PRAYER
GODLY VALUES IN SOCIETY
# 08 AUGUST 2010
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