Sin and temptation of hypocrisy

Hypocrisy is one of many temptations. It’s a trap that is easy for anyone to fall into. It becomes especially easy for one to commit hypocrisy when he or she holds a position of power. They greater the power, the greater the temptation. The more power one has, the more a person craves to appear just and righteous in front of others. It’s natural.

A powerful person has the responsibility of upholding righteousness and justice, and so, must also appear righteous and just. A person of power is entrusted to levy justice when he or she is required to do so. It is a leader’s moral obligation to better society and encourage order and good governance.

The sin of hypocrisy is suddenly committed when a person violates what they have already publicly endorsed as righteous and just. If a person has never endorsed an act as righteous and still violates that which he spoke against, then there is no sin of hypocrisy.

Jesus warned against hypocrisy:

Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

Gospel of Matthew, ch. 6, verses 1-4

Hypocritical politicians will sound the trumpet as they publicly express their opinion about others’ freedom to protest in other countries. Case in point, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau voiced his opinion for India’s farmers’ right to protest. He spoke out against China’s human rights violations and violent crackdown the formerly liberal democratic Hong Kong. Recently, he also voiced his opinion in support of Russians who protested against the attack on Ukraine. He also endorsed the violent protests of Black Lives Matter and Antifa and publicly went down on his knee for them.

This sin of hypocrisy became apparent after he voiced his opinion in support of other people’s freedom to protest, and then turned around to limit Canadian trucker’s freedom to protest. These truckers protested peacefully for only three week, whereas, India’s farmers protested for over a year before it had ended.

Canadian truckers had their livelihood negatively impacted by vaccination mandates. They had every right to protest against their government’s heavy-handed policies. They have families to feed. They have bills, truck loans, and mortgages to pay. They were about to lose everything. They came to Ottawa not to occupy the city but to protest the mandates, have them dropped, then return home to resume their life and work. They did not want government to interfere with their legitimate means to earn a living.

What further angered Canadians was when Trudeau attempted to enact laws to illegalize donations made to the protesters cause. He intended to inflict pain by seizing the bank accounts of supporters who had already legally and legitimately donated to their cause. Furthermore, he labeled these donors as terrorists. Imagine the horror and the shock. To deem a legal donation as an act of terror was incomprehensibly undemocratic, uncharacteristic of a liberal free democratic society. Even our American friends were horrified by this undemocratic move. Acts like this are typical of communist and authoritarian regimes.

In Canada’s House of Commons, Trudeau got support from his Liberal caucus and the support of a minority party, the New Democratic Party. However, when it came to the Senate, Trudeau was disappointed he did not have the support from the Senate. He was forced to back-off from invoking the Emergencies Act. These Canadian Senators did the right thing. Years ago, people debated on the effectiveness of an appointed Senate. It was slightly reformed by not including political appointments along political affiliations.

A healthy liberal democracy must have enough checks and balances in its political system to counter governments when they become heavy-handed in their approach to governing. Canada no longer has this. It has been weakened and is in an unhealthy state. Perhaps this weakened liberal democracy will need an overhaul.

This move by Trudeau and his Deputy P.M. Krystia Freeland has set a dangerous precedent in Canadian history. In the future, it will present itself as a big temptation for any politician to take advantage of the Emergencies Act in order to quash and silence dissenting opinions.

Though the truckers have now left Ottawa, the protest remains strong in the people’s hearts. The protest has not only become a protest against vaccination mandates. It has also become a protest against Trudeau’s hypocrisy and tyranny. More importantly, it has also become a protest against the loss of freedom of speech and peaceful assembly.

As a result, some Canadians pulled their money out of Canadian banks. Some Canadians have already decided to leave this country and apply for U.S. residence and citizenship. No one can blame them. Truckers, doctors, nurses, and federal workers have lost their jobs due to a heavy-handed federal vaccination mandate. They will be leaving by the thousands and be bringing their families with them. Future generations of potential law-abiding and hardworking people will be lost.

Today, Trudeau has rightly earned his worldwide recognition as a tyrant and hypocrite, and these sins will have their consequences. It is to Canada’s best interest to reverse these harmful vaccination mandates as soon as possible. Canadians are waking up by the thousands each day, and will one day oust them from power in the next elections. In the mean time, hopefully, Trudeau does not damage Canadian democracy too much more in the next 3.5 years.

[ added a link to article: Rex Murphy: Claiming the Trucker Protest Was an Attempted Government Coup Is Beyond Ridiculous ]

The Source of our Rights and Freedoms

The Source and Defender of our Rights and Freedoms

In Canada, we have been inherently endowed with human rights and freedoms.  We recognize these rights and freedoms not because we received any of it from the state. We recognize these freedoms as blessings from the Sovereign One. It is from the Sovereign who graciously provides blessings. Such blessings of life and liberty come from one Source. We point back to the Source as an acknowledgement of God’s grace.

On earth and in these earthly kingdoms, such as the lands of the British Commonwealth, the Sovereign is represented by a regent, that is, the appointed person in the Queen or King of the Commonwealth. As a child of the Commonwealth, we do well to acknowledge this true and Sovereign One. As humble and glad recipients of these blessings that flow down to us, we also do well to give glory back to the Sovereign God for such Providence.

Our natural expression as recipients result in worship of the holy Sovereign. Thus, we will come full circle—from being recipients of free speech to one who freely offers worship. As natural citizens who receive rights and freedoms, we also use our rights and freedoms to live out our lives as free citizens.

Today, her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth the Second remains as the defender of the Faith and is the regent of the heavenly Sovereign. As Canadians and subjects of the Crown, we honour the defender of the faith, her Royal Majesty. She is the representative of the Sovereign God from whom we have received our natural and inherent rights and freedoms.

Our Rights and Freedoms are recognized:

2. Everyone has the following fundamental freedoms:
(a) freedom of conscience and religion;
(b) freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication;
(c) freedom of peaceful assembly; and
(d) freedom of association.

Section 2, The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

The freedom of peaceful assembly in section 2(c), is one of the fundamental freedoms of a Canadian citizen. Peaceful assembly is a right of every Canadian citizen.

Another fundamental freedom in section 2(b) is freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression. These two freedoms of assembly and expression are inherent rights of each Canadian citizen. It expresses the right of every Canadian to freely assemble and to express their thought, belief, and opinion.

All peoples of Canada have freedom of speech to speak and share one’s religious opinions and beliefs, to preach and speak from one’s faith, and to freely assemble together to sing and worship according to the dictates of one’s conscience.

Our churches and places of worship are sacred assemblies of peoples of faith who worship together in community. Worship is a sacred act of all individuals which must never be encroached upon by anyone. When these rights and freedoms are infringed upon by the state or government, we must not hesitate to recognize such infringement as violations of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Such freedoms are usually the first encroached upon and are a bell-weather of government overreach. People of faith are most sensitive to such infringement.

Our Purpose and Destiny

To continue to live freely as Canadians, we must vigorously and continuously strive to protect and defend our inherent rights and freedoms to worship, to speak and to assemble. As we sing the national anthem, O Canada, we are reminded to “stand on guard for thee.” The object and purpose of standing guard is to defend our God-given rights and freedoms. This is why Canada is called by God to be one of the most free nations on earth.

Sometimes, I wonder if we have begun to lose our God-given freedoms. I wonder if we have forgotten about the One from whom we have received our blessings of freedom. If we have, we may be in danger of losing our rights and freedoms. We pray this will never happen.

As Canadians, we ought to be concerned about the potential loss of freedoms. Perhaps many of us have begun or have already fallen asleep. We have been put into a deep slumber where we cannot awaken to our purpose and destiny. Some might only be half awakened but still remain half asleep.

We have not fully awakened to the knowledge of our Source and Sovereign. If we fail to recognize the Sovereign One, we will inevitably fail to recognize what we have been endowed with as creatures of the Creator. Occasionally, there will be times when we must vigorously defend our freedoms. In the face of tyranny, Canadians will rise up to push back against tyrannical policies that infringe upon our rights and freedoms.

Canada, God is calling. God is calling you. Arise from your slumber. Awaken from your dreams. Awaken from your slumber and arise. (e.g., Ephesians 5:14; Romans 13:11)

If we were to begin to awaken and recognize the source of our freedoms, who is the Sovereign One and the Creator of each individual, we can begin to acknowledge who we are in relation to the Sovereign. As Canadians, we are blessed to be subjects of the Sovereign One, the holy and mighty one of Heaven and Earth. Our hope as Canadians is that each person, each citizen, either naturalized or born by birth, come to a full awakening as recipients to one’s natural rights and freedoms. This is part of our destiny. May this destiny be manifested fully one day.

[added video link]: The last living signatory of Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms:
Honourable Brian Peckford, former Premier of Newfoundland

Ten Commandments: Do not slander

Moses gave one of the Ten Commandments: “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor” (Exodus 20:16).

Lawyers use terms like libel, defamation or false witness. Today, we tend to use words like lie, smear, vilify, and character assassination. The term slander isn’t used as widely these days.

16th century theologian Martin Luther said: “this commandment pertains to public courts of justice, where on may accuse and malign a poor, innocent man and crush him by means of false witness, so that consequently he may suffer punishment in body, property, or honor.

Luther also said, “Every report, then, that cannot be adequately proved is false witness. Therefore, no one should publicly assert as truth what is not publicly substantiated.” (Large Catechism, Book of Concord, 1529). Claims must be substantiated or proven. Our courts of law still need substantiated evidence.

In 1529, Luther taught about speaking truthfully in court. Today, it can still apply to all people, yes, even to politicians. It reminds us to refrain from bad behaviour like slander, character assassination, malignment, vilification, and defamation of another.

During the Freedom Convoy in Ottawa, Canadian truckers were standing up for their freedoms. They were rallying in protest for the federal government to drop the vaccination mandates. Mandates had affected their livelihood and ability to drive their long-haul trucks across the U.S.-Canada border. It affected their income, their ability to work, their ability to pay their mortgages on their homes, and loans on their rigs. Many lost their work and ability to support their families. Truckers are down-to-earth hard-working folks. They are now forced into a very vulnerable situation. They were also ignored by this prime minister, Justin Trudeau.

As we watched the news and heard Trudeau slander these peaceful truckers and protesters, I was horrified and could not believe my ears. He had slandered the truckers as racists, misogynists, nazis, etc. I had never heard slander to such a degree from the mouth of a prime minister. His words have divided the people of Canada on a national level. This has caused irreparable damage and this is exacerbated by a misuse of powers when he invoked the Emergencies Act (or War Measures Act). This was urged on by his deputy prime minister Chrystia Freeland in order to promote World Economic Forum’s globalist agenda.

It was hurtful to listen to this kind of rhetoric from mainstream media (or legacy media). My response was shock, horror, and sadness. I was very disgusted and disappointed with Prime Minister Trudeau and with the mainstream media. I was not alone. Millions of other Canadians and Americans also feel this way. Today, I have switched off mainstream news almost completely. There is a deep sense of betrayal, like as if a knife has been stabbed in the backs of the people. A large portion of people across Canada, vaccinated or unvaccinated, feel they have been betrayed by Trudeau and this government.

Moreover, the legacy/mainstream media are not doing their job in holding the government accountable. They are supposed to do what they were trained to do in journalism school. Mainstream media and journalists seem more akin to state propaganda than the fifth estate. They are now controled by Trudeau and is not effective in holding the government accountable. Democracy has waned to its lowest point in this nation’s history and is in desperate need of good governance.

These mandates (federal/provincial/state) have divided people, co-workers, friends and families. They’ve been very harmful to national unity. It weakens a nation. It has pitted one group against another. It has cast a superior attitude of the vaccinated against the unvaccinated. Science has now shown that the vaccinated are not immune to transmission of the virus. Each person, vax’d or unvax’d, can all transmit the coronavirus to others. We need to see each other as equals again. All citizens want and deserve equal access to work, to all services, and to travel across borders.

We can never go wrong when we portray others in a truthful and honest way. The golden rule is to treat others the way we would want to be treated. To go a step above this is to treat others as they would want to be treated. Truckers wish to be treated with respect, fairness and dignity. They want to be heard.

This commandment of “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor” is an ethic that needs to be reviewed and taught in our universities and colleges again. It is not an archaic teaching. It is as relevant for today as it was four thousand years ago.

Vilifying good people who protest peacefully will potentially bring grave repercussions—no matter how much one might disagree with the others’ views. Falsely slandering others is libellous, and defamatory. It is character assassination. It is blatantly dishonest and divides a people, relationships, society and a nation.

Will there be a strong Canada in the near future? Nobody knows. Good people must take a stand. Good people must come out to take up space on the political landscape. Good people must come out to bring order and good governance. Otherwise, Canada’s future will be hanging in the balance.

The Catastrophe of Canada | Rex Murphy and Jordan B Peterson

Of truth, freedom and culture

As people yearning for freedom, we value and appreciate our liberties like freedom of religion, speech, assembly, the press, etc. Liberties and freedoms are a natural outcome of a moral people. To get there, we need to take the right path.  Jules Renard said,

Liberty is the right to choose. Freedom is the result of the right choice.

However, to make the right choice, we need to live in the light and see truth. Light and truth, however, is revealed by Nature’s Maker.

Without the Truth, people will live in darkness. Unfortunately, around the world, societies do still live in darkness. In the past, many freedoms around the world have been lost due to wrong choices. One such nation might be North Korea. Others might be some unnamed African nations where one dictator succeeds another and whose results are no better than his predecessor’s. Today, in the west, our freedoms are slowly eroding (e.g., freedom to pray in public spaces; facebook and google’s abuse of private information).

The solution. We need a just and moral people who live in truth and light to work in their vocations as a holy calling. Each person has been given a vocation and we should not take it lightly. In whatever vocation God has called you into, you are to always bring light. Light shatters the darkness so that truth may freely inform each others’ human experiences, allowing humanity to continue remaining in freedom. The alternative would be enslavement to darkness.

God is calling a just and moral members of society to be leaders in our homes, classrooms, courtrooms, legislatures and business marketplaces. We have a responsibility to speak the truth, whether as private citizens; or as the media/press in the public sphere. This is our calling: to convey truth, in our houses of worship, in government, in courts, in media, in schools, in all places at all times.  Jesus said in John 8:31-32:

If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.

He was actually speaking in the context of salvation but my point I borrow this for is this: there is an inherent sense of freedom experienced when we share the truth. Hopefully, it is truth that dispels the darkness that prevails in some corners of our society and in the world. This is a mission that we are called to take on. May we strive to bring freedom, liberty and truth into our culture and society.

Truth of the gospel brings freedom

As Christians, we love our social freedoms–freedom of religion, of assembly, of the press, to name a few.  Freedom is a natural outcome of the Christian gospel. Back on February 1st, it was National Freedom Day in the USA, but many do not understand where these liberties in our free world came from.

I’m considered an early generation of millennials and attended several liberal arts universities. We, as others in the western world, have been subjected to an indoctrination and propaganda of untruths and lies in our education systems.  This flowed into how the mainstream mainstream media viewed the world.  The end result was a generation of socialists. I’m a fruit of this but thank God it was the Church that brought me back into a Christian worldview. As Christians, we have lost ground.  Socialism and other religious thought dominate this generation’s philosophical outlook on the world. This can only be countered when we teach the good news; otherwise, we might be in danger of losing our God-given freedoms.

In a democratic society, the conservatives and liberals ought to mutually respect the people’s decision of their elected national leader. In Jan. 2017, media attacks on President Trump incited riots and vandalism.  I was very much saddened to see how the left-wing media had created a division in America. Thank God Trump did not just “suck it up.” I think the left needs to own up to their divisiveness.

We need a correction in mainstream media and how universities teach our young people. This day will come one day, as the truth sets people free.  As Christians, God calls us to set the prisoners free and be salt and light in a dark world. Jesus said: “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31-32).  He was speaking in terms of salvation but the point here is that there is an inherent sense of freedom experienced when we share the truth of the good news of Christ.  Truth must be spoken by all as private citizens, as well as, by the media/press in the public sphere. We have a responsibility to convey the truth in whether it’s in the church, government, the courts, the media, in schools, in all places at all times.

givemefreedomFrom within God’s kingdom, God will be calling law-abiding, Christ-loving people who are truth-tellers to lead society in our classrooms, the courtrooms, and legislatures.  The church and the truth we hold dear in the Gospel of Jesus Christ need to intersect with society so that people can come out from under a veil of darkness.  The truth can and will set people free.

Enslavement to materialism vs freedom for the human spirit

I’m sitting here in Starbucks enjoying a cup of coffee (Pike Place roast). This relaxing [in]activity gives me an opportunity to do a little self-reflection. Seems like it’s not often I get to do this these days.  While on vacation in Vancouver (my birth place), I noticed some changes since I moved away from this city many years ago: old buildings and houses torn down to make place for new buildings; increased real estate prices; lots of fancy cars; good food; and etc–all the fanciful things one would want to satisfy a carnal life.  What has not changed are things like: damp weather caused by rain-cloud covered skies; green trees & grass; the rush of people and traffic; and the beautiful mountains and ocean sitting in the background.

What seems to have changed the least and also the most, are people’s self-perceived need for material things.  On one hand, materialism has always been prevalent in the heart of humanity.  On the other hand, materialism has never been as popular as it is today.  When lives seem empty, we try to fill it with things, and more things.  Such things might be things-to-do and material things—all to satisfy our need for affluence, status, and pleasure.  Why?  Someone once said:

“Much of our activity these days is nothing more than a cheap anesthetic to deaden the pain of an empty life.” – anonymous-

Mahatma Gandhi said:

“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed.”

How true?!  We  try to spend money to buy things to impress people and/or gain status.  We think that status, affluence and pleasure come from having more material things.  This is a deception.  When human beings chase after the material things of this life, this chase can take forever and never have an end to it.

The sad thing is that the Christian church has also fallen prey to this deception.  Many of us Christians have grown up listening to the false and twisted gospel of prosperity—that God gives to those who help themselves.  Some actually think this is a quote from the bible.  What has happened to our Christian understanding that discipleship involves suffering and sacrificial giving?  Jesus’ message of the cross has been forgotten.

How did we become so ignorant of what brings true happiness and freedom?  When we began to believe that our security comes from having enough money and material possessions.  Rather than being liberated and free from material things, we have become enslaved to it.  Materialism, the idol of the 21st century, is an endless and futile chase for things that can never satisfy our human spirit.  When our inner human spirit (which is immaterial and created for spiritual things) becomes dependent upon earthly things (which is material), we become self-enslaved to an insatiable desire for more material things.

The love of money and material things is a distraction to the kingdom of God. Regarding the kingdom of God, St. Paul the Apostle said:

“For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils” (1 Timothy 6:10).

The love of money and material things is a distraction to the kingdom of God.  If Christians are to have a clearer understanding of the kingdom of God, we must realize that our spiritual nature was created to live in fellowship with the Spirit of God.  Such is the will of God.  Holy Scripture also says:

“Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for [Jesus] has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5).

The Spirit of Christ wants to fill humanity with himself in order that we may live in unity with our Creator God.  When Christ enters our lives, the Spirit of God becomes our endless source of joy and freedom.  God is humanity’s only and final source to true fulfillment.  Spending more time to contemplate upon such things of God’s kingdom affords one the opportunity to seek the things of God.  Allow the Spirit of God to fill you with more of God’s Self.