Written by: David MacKenzie
When Pastor Brian Coldwell, of the New Testament Baptist Church of Spruce Grove, Alberta, says “No”, he means it. And I admire him for it.
“Yes-men” don’t get it. Indeed, political sycophants find such resolve offensive. But the difference between them and Brian Coldwell, is that the latter actually appreciates concrete principle— especially Biblical principle— more than the shifting sands of political pragmatism.
Brian knows there’s little to be gained, outside of eternity, for standing on Biblical principles. He’s aware that, at any point, things could go very badly for both him and the Christian schools with which his congregation is associated.
The following are comments that were delivered by ARPA's grassroots manager, Colin Postma, at a recent rally held outside Queen's Park in Toronto, to oppose the sex-ed component of the province of Ontario's new health curriculum.
Friends, we are here today because we care. Yet, the narrative I hear in the news is that we have a kind of head-in-the-sand attitude that ignores the fact that our teens are teeming with hormones that make them feel older than they really are. If that’s what they think, our politicians and the media aren’t actually listening to us. They think they know what we’re upset about - they think we are trying to ensure that our kids won’t hear about sex at all until they’re 20.
That’s not our message.