Sunday, July 1, 2012

God Keep Our Land

Today is Canada Day, the day when we celebrate Canada's birthday and we're proud to be Canadians. There are parades and fireworks and face painting and pie eating contests and lobster eating contests and all sorts of celebratory things to keep the momentum going. But after all the hoopla will we still be patriotic? Will we still be proud to live in such a wonderful country? Will we still celebrate the freedoms that we have?

One of the lines in our national anthem says "God keep our land, glorious and free, O Canada we stand on guard for thee." After all the celebrating we still need to be busy for our country. As Christians, we need to stand in the gap for our country. I once read a statistic which stated that fewer than 7% of all Canadians attend church on a regular basis. That's shocking since the same statistic said that 30% of all Africans attend church on a regular basis. I honestly don't know how accurate those figures are now since I read these numbers quite a few years ago. But it did wake me up to the fact that we no longer live in a Christian country and our Christian freedoms will some day be taken away from us.

We need to pray on a regular basis for our country. We need to pray that God will keep our land glorious and free. As Christians we need to stand on guard for our country. We need to stand up for what is right and have a voice when we see sinful practices being applauded. It might feel like you are in an uphill battle, that you are the only Christian in your neighbourhood but don't be discouraged. It only takes one person who is on guard, who is praying for the salvation of their neighbourhood to see a difference being made.

God is looking for a person to stand in the gap, to pray for our nation. Ezekiel 22:30 says "I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found none." Will you be that Canadian? Will you pray for your country that God would keep it glorious and free?

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