Charter’s “Supremacy of God”

The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms begins with this important line:

Whereas Canada is founded upon principles that recognize the supremacy of God and the rule of law:

The Honourable Brian Peckford, the last living Canadian premier and signatory to the Charter, highlighted in this video below (1:14:48) that this first line was intentionally placed in its primary spot at the beginning of the Charter.

As Canadians, how we are to read, interpret and use the charter in our lives must be based on the supremacy of God and rule of law, the principles on which this great country is founded on.

This means that:

1. Human beings nor the state are God. God alone is the supreme sovereign one and we ought to live and serve in reverent fear of God;

2. The rule of law means that how we rule and live as subjects of the Crown must be based on the rule of law;

3. The acknowledgement of God in our lives means that we are not left alone and are not ruled in isolation. Every Canadian is ruled under law, and under the supremacy of God;

4. The invocation of the supreme God as ruler means that the state is not the sovereign. The state must also be subject under the supremacy of God.

To deny these facts is to debase and cut-off oneself from the rule of law and from the supreme Creator God.

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