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Christmas 2019

Tue, December 24, 2019   |   Author: Rod Taylor   |   Volume 26    Issue 51 | Share: Facebook | Twitter   

A few snowstorms, some winter ice and definitely some long dark nights but the shortest day of the year is behind us now; around many tables, families will soon be gathering to share in festive celebrations of Christmas. We in the CHP have weathered the storm that was the 2019 General Election and in another week we’ll be thrust into the challenges and opportunities of a new year.

The first 8 months of 2019 were filled to overflowing, with local meetings across all 10 provinces, candidate recruitment efforts and training events. The next 2 months were occupied by the campaign itself—with all its excitement and frantic activity—and the last 2 months have been filled with the less glamorous but equally important cleanup of signs and paperwork. Although Canadian voters once again missed their opportunity to send the first solid pro-life, pro-family, pro-freedom CHP Members of Parliament to Ottawa, our candidates showed the tenacity and character required of those who would serve the best interests of all Canadians. We thank each one of you who ran and all those of you who supported their sacrificial efforts with your time, money and energy. You have given Canadians a lot to think about and those elected MPs who faced CHP challengers are now more accountable because they’ve heard the trumpet blast and the watchman’s call for national repentance and renewal of Christian values in Canadian politics.

This is not the first time in history that God’s wisdom and provision have been rejected. Over 2,000 years ago, Joseph and Mary faced rejection and disappointment as they sought a safe lodging-place for the yet-unborn King of Kings. As you know, they were told there was “no room for them at the inn” so they settled for a stable. It was enough. In fact, it was planned by Almighty God to be the birthplace of the Saviour of the World. The One who once was denied common lodgings is now preparing for us “many mansions”.

We complain today because of rough treatment we sometimes receive from those who should know better, by the rejection of friends or the hostile words of those who reject our message. It is troubling to see the deception that has spread across our land. We don’t like to have doors slammed in our faces and we know it’s not fair to have our candidates excluded from meetings and our voices excluded from the national debates. But let’s put it in perspective. When Jesus—the Son of God—went about doing good, healing the sick and casting out demons, the authorities sought opportunity to arrest him and even to put him to death. We have not yet faced that level of persecution, not in Canada. As it says in Hebrews, “you have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin”. Heb. 12:4 That time may yet come, but today we still have the shreds of political freedom and we must use the time we have been granted to communicate the important truths God has entrusted to us. Jesus is the only One truly able to bring peace to the confused and hurting sons and daughters of men now struggling to make sense out of this troubled world.

We complain today because the mainstream media ignores our message and even twists our words. That’s nothing new. So they did with our Saviour’s words. They accused the very Son of God of violating the Sabbath and of casting out demons by the power of Satan. He offered them life and they condemned him to death.

We must not be surprised by the hostility we face. Jesus promised His early disciples that they would face persecution—and they did. They faced it bravely and boldly and they changed the world. Because of their faith and their obedience and because they were willing to sacrifice their own comfort and security, God was able to use them to spread the good news that a Saviour was born into the world, that He suffered and died for our sakes and was raised again from the dead, making a way for us to be right with God and to live with Him forever.

All of that potential was hidden in that baby wrapped in swaddling clothes whom the shepherds discovered in that lowly stable in Bethlehem. We are so grateful that Almighty God has made provision for us that we might worship the King and live in His presence. We are grateful that He was willing to walk in faithful obedience to the Father’s will and to suffer and die for us. We are grateful that the early disciples were willing to pay the price of obedience so that we could hear the good news! We are told that those who walked daily with our Lord also died as martyrs; but their words, their letters, and their faithfulness have made it possible for us to walk as children of the light in the midst of darkness.

We are invited by the King of Kings to share in the ministry of the gospel, to preach the good news to the lost, the weary, the hurting. We are invited to share in His persecutions, to be often misunderstood and to sometimes suffer rejection, whether in politics, or in any of the other avenues of social interaction in our communities. It is an honour to carry the banner of the King, even when it is despised by the world.

As we celebrate the birth of our King, let us remember the joy expressed by His disciples after His resurrection, even when they began to feel persecution. Scripture recounts that “they rejoiced that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His name”. Acts 5:41 We have much to rejoice about! Jesus has come!

May God bless every one of you this Christmas season and may you sense His presence as you celebrate His birth.

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