Dec1TueDecember 1, 2020
“It is my right to sing in worship, as a Canadian!” Perhaps, but does it matter? What I mean, of course, is that you have Christian family all over the world living in closed states which do not offer this freedom. Take a moment to remember how our brothers and sisters in closed countries approach worship. Their worship isn't limited to singing, meeting in larger groups or comfortable seating, yet we know that the Church is thriving in those countries!
In Quebec last week, a local Church (not FM) of about 200 people met defiantly without masks and sang. They were challenging the restrictions much like a BBQ-restaurant owner in Toronto did last week. Both had enthusiastic supporters and angry, concerned detractors, because our country is that kind of polarized. In fact, the Church’s neighbours held a protest against them! That means this local Church contributed to polarization, rather than bringing peace. It is also probable that a large number of people from the community will not be attending that Church in the near future. They made a choice to exercise their Canadian freedom, rather than live into their love-their-neighbour responsibility as Kingdom citizens. I hope that the word “community” is not in that Church’s name.
Should Citizens of the Kingdom join an anti-mask rally in Quebec? Is this COVID season a government conspiracy to cripple the church? What about the great “re-set” - should we not be voicing our concerns? Do we not have a responsibility to speak the “truth” in all this? My response to us is this, “is a public declaration of our rights as Canadian citizens really the Church-voice that we want our community to hear?” Do we really want to be seen on the media, marching for our rights to worship? Do we want to contribute to the polarization, and the reckless use of confusing “facts” and “news”? There is One Truth that is not confusing, and this is where we need to be focused.
I appreciate that as a Canadian I have rights and freedoms, but I am first of all a Citizen of the Kingdom and I choose to “seek Jesus’ Kingdom and His righteousness” above all! The Truth and Church-voice that I want my neighbours to hear and see is what we Free Methodists stand for. For instance: