Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, "Teacher, rebuke your disciples!"
"I tell you," he replied, "if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out."
Some days, God uses His Church.
Other days, He uses stones.
Today, He's using the liberal talking head that is the CBC whether it likes it or not.
All I can think is talking donkey. (Numbers 22:21-30)
It is a cosmic irony that three of the top five wishes in the Great Canadian Wish List are religiously motivated: abortion, revival and marriage. It just does not get any better.
There is simply no way the CBC saw this coming.
I have to hand it to them. Credit where it's due, the CBC has not backed down. They have received an enormous amount of flak for giving the religious element in this country a voice. A lot of people don't get that the wishes are coming from other Canadians and not the CBC. Some are denouncing the project as a flop. Others are accusing the CBC of religious extremism and preaching, not to mention bigotry and right-wing bias. In fact, that has to be the most ironic accusation of all: the CBC, voice of the religious, right-wing "bigot." I can't even say it with a straight face.
Below is the text of the wish for spiritual revival in Canada. As I said in a previous post, this is the most important wish of all. Everything that is good in our country comes from God, whether we acknowledge it or not. Better that we acknowledge it. I wish this wish was in first place. Nevertheless, in light of the stated goal of their social experiment, the CBC had no choice but to post it.
Why do I love Canada so deeply? Because it is my 'home and native land.' Canada has such amazing potential, much of it squandered. Canada to me is a land of plenty, a land of unimaginable resources, a land of vision and dreams and hope. But Canada more recently has become a land of the cynical and despondent. We have lost so many of our dreams, our hopes, our aspirations. Now is the time to recapture our heritage. As we scratch below the surface, everywhere we look, we find a deep Godly heritage in Canada's history. This history is ours to
reclaim as our very own. Canada needs renewal, revival, and restoration like it has never needed it. We are on the edge of a precipice that many people refuse to see, but it is very real. I grieve for the rapid loss of so much that has made Canada great.
Canada is my past, my present, my future. I cry out for our beloved land that it may return to whom it really is. Jesus is the Lord of Canada, in a way which if recognized, can transform even dark corners of our land into beacons of light.
Wake up Canada! Come alive, Canada! Claim your inheritance before it is too late. Repent and turn from your self-absorption, and He will have mercy upon you and on your children's children. Now is the hour! Now is the time! Now is the day of salvation for our beloved land. The very soul of our nation is at stake. Let us not be found wanting.
-- Reverend Ed Hird
And that is how God uses the CBC: in spite of themselves.
Edit on Tuesday, June 26:
It would seem I erred and mistook a comment published at the CBC for the actual wish. The wish itself is:
You and me. Let's wish for a revival in Canada! =) Canada was once a more spiritually active nation than even the United States. Four decades of secularization have changed the face of this country. Although over 70 percent of Canadians still claim to be Christians today, many of them are inactive in their beliefs. Less than half of them are actively involved in a church or other spiritual community. This is a call, not to bring Canada back into the past, but a forward-looking call into a future where Christians stand up for their beliefs and show who they are without fear! We believe that it is time for this generation to step up, get out of our comfort zones and pray together for a spiritual revival in Canada from sea to sea to sea! 2 Chronicles 7:14: If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.