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It Is What It Is: the New “Whatever”

Tue, January 17, 2012   |   Author: Elaine Taylor   |     

“It is what it is,” (IIWII). I’ve heard this a lot, lately. It likely originated with some “reality” show. I think I’m starting to get it and I don’t like it. There’s a place for resignation, and a place for vision; but IIWII just affirms Canadians’ predisposition to apathy. No, I don’t like it. You see, folks still ask why on earth we need a conservative political party with a Christian bent that has never won anything yet, when we have a “conservative” party without a Christian bent that now has a majority. It is what it is. Let it be. So why does the CHP exist? Well, 25 years ago some folks weren't resigned to the “it is what it is” of Canadian politics. And thousands remain un-resigned. “It” was democracy by the choice of the "lesser of two evils." Amply represented were the viewpoints of secularism, relativism, and socialism, while the increasingly politically-incorrect values of absolute truth, national sovereignty, sanctity of life, personal responsibility, and a do-unto-others standard of morality were inexorably eroded by a society that had cut its teeth on the humanistic propaganda of media and public education. It is what it is? Not for the CHP. We shake our heads in disbelief when we see a country such as Cuba, Zimbabwe, Pakistan, or Egypt holding so-called democratic elections, where there is only one “candidate” to vote for, or where there are two dictators to choose from, or where we know every woman's vote has been coerced and every man's bought. Yet many delude themselves that voting for the lesser of two or three or four evils (secular, humanistic-based parties) in our land still says we are exercising a democratic right and duty—and treat the CHP, the only party standing for absolutes, as a non-entity, a sure loser! Who was this oft-quoted fellow who said, "of two evils, choose neither," and, "all that is necessary for evil to flourish is that good men do nothing"? This Edmund Burke was certainly not an it-is-what-it-is kind of guy. Is this too scary a thought? Do we fear the flak? Do we feel like Moses, not competent to answer our critics? Do we fear our clients might jump ship, our customers shop elsewhere, our family be embarrassed, or our buddies sort of just “forget” to call us for that weekend outing? It is what it is? This sounds so fatalistic! Since when in history have Christians been the ones to just accept the status quo? We see people’s need for the salvation of Jesus Christ, and long for justice, freedom, peace, and protection. It is this gospel, the essential truth of God's hand in the affairs of men, that has brought hope to a world otherwise in despair. Without that, ultimately, who cares? Why care about anything? It just “is what it is.” Man is a purposeless automaton in a cosmos as irrelevant as he has tried to make its Creator. But no! Good men made good laws in better times, to promote and protect the open hands and unlocked doors that attest to those laws’ validity. And we do care, as evidenced by this conversation; borne out by the fact that we do vote; obvious from our passion in the discussion. Integrity demands that no area of one's life be unaffected by one's belief in the truth of who Jesus is. Anything else is at best spiritual immaturity, and at worst, hypocrisy. Let God continue to transform you by changing the way you think, (Romans 12). The other “alternative” party that began in the same era as the CHP sacrificed its ideals to popular opinion and now rules without them. We in the CHP reject the fatalism that says we can never win: neither “it” nor we are what we shall be, as long as God rules! Wasted vote? Lesser of evils? How can anyone lose by standing for truth, life, and freedom? How can we win if we abandon them to IIWII? Who would trade the heritage of freedom blood-bought for the creeping chains of status quo? Without the CHP there is no party to represent the ideals that my grandmother’s hero expressed so well—ideals his party abandoned, but which we would do well to emulate:

"I am a Canadian, free to speak without fear, free to worship in my own way, free to stand for what I think right, free to oppose what I believe wrong, or free to choose those who shall govern my country. This heritage of freedom I pledge to uphold for myself and all mankind." – John G. Diefenbaker (1895-1979) Prime Minister of Canada. Paraphrasing the Canadian Bill of Rights, July 1, 1960.



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