Role of the State Tag

05 Mar 2014 Civil Disobedience: a principled position statement

The following Position Statement on Civil Disobedience was drafted by Marc Slingerland, principal of Calvin Christian School in Coalhurst, Alberta. He has kindly agreed to let us reproduce it here, for our readers' consideration. Guiding Biblical principles on the issue of Civil Disobedience: 1) Obedience to God's law supersedes subjection to human authority. "We ought to obey God rather than men" (Acts 5:29). (e.g., the apostles continued preaching after they were told not to by the Sanhedrin.) 2) We owe obedience to civil government, which is also instituted by God....

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13 Feb 2014 The Lunchroom Comes Before the Legislature

ARPA Note: This commetary was written by Tim Bloedow, of ChristianGovernance.com, under the title "Are you a biblical worldview faker?" There is so much talk in our circles about "big picture" worldview thinking and reformation, but I have seen more and more need lately for very personal worldview thinking. If we can't and won't apply God's law in our closest relationships, if we won't live out the Word of God in the daily mundane decisions of life, if we live as though there are any parts of our lives too unimportant to interest God, if we think we can honour Him in the "big" areas of our lives when we are living with broken relationships where we contributed to the harm, when we are seeing logs in the eyes of our husbands and wives, children and parents, siblings and co-workers, employers and business partners, and only the tiniest specs in our own eyes, Then where do we get off thinking that we are ready to influence the world - or even our own nation, or our own province - for Christ. If I'm not advancing the kingdom of God in the bedroom and bathroom of my home, I'm not ready to advance the kingdom of God in the boardrooms of the nation. If you're not advancing the kingdom of God in the lunchroom of your workplace, you're not ready to advance the kingdom of God in the legislatures of the land.
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18 Oct 2013 Politics and Biblical Servanthood

ARPA Canada thanks Mark Luimes for this excellent reflection on what the Bible has to say about being a politician and applying it to Canada's political climate. Mark is a political science and criminology student at the University of Ottawa. By Mark Luimes (October, 2013): Few professions receive as much public scrutiny as a politician in office. The public’s eye is always on its leaders, seeking to ensure that they do not abuse the authority they have been given. Incompetence, ethical scandals, and broken electoral promises can destroy the public’s faith in a political leader, leaving them with little hope of staying in power. What about the other side? What does a politician properly fulfilling his role in society look like? A look at our society’s institutional definitions and a biblical model for servant leadership highlights some of the current problems with our political leadership.
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09 Jul 2013 National Prayer Breakfast address

On June 4th, ARPA Canada was present at the National Prayer Breakfast, an annual event in Ottawa, and quite possibly the biggest Christian political event of the year. The keynote speaker was Eric Metaxas, and his speech is now available online here. We'd encourage you to be encouraged by it. Mr. Metaxas truly spoke truth to power!
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05 Jul 2013 Sermon: Christian Canadians

Pastor Joel Overduin, from Vineland Free Reformed Church, delivered an excellent sermon on the Canada Day weekend that is well worth listening to online. The Scripture reading was from Psalm 72 and the text was Proverbs 14:34. The theme was Christian Canadians: 1. What we should care about! 2. What we will cry over! 3. What we must concentrate on! Listen online hear. ...

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09 Nov 2012 Gideon Strauss on Principled Pluralism

Find an 8 minute video of Gideon Strauss making the case for Principled Pluralism here. This is a concept that has been expounded further in God & Government, a quality book recently written by ARPA board member Dr. Cornelis Van Dam. What follows is the description of the short video: "From debates about the hiring practices of churches to rumors of community adherence to Sharia law, Americans have long been facing questions regarding the role of various religions in public life. As our nation grows increasingly diverse, can we coexist...

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09 Jul 2012 Canada Day Sermon: God Surrounds His People

{s5_mp3}http://www.arpacanada.ca/attachments/1601_slaa.mp3{/s5_mp3} Note: You can find another Canada Day sermon, in text (not MP3) by Rev. G. Nederveen here. On July 1st, 2012 Pastor James Slaa of the Canadian Reformed Church in Smithers BC delivered a very relevant sermon on Psalm 139:8-10, a text found in the Memorial Chamber of Canada's Parliament buildings. "If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there you...

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09 Jul 2012 Canada Day Sermon – Blessed is the Nation whose God is the Lord

On Canada Day, Rev. G. Nederveen preached a sermon on Psalm 33:12a which is very applicable for all Canadian Christians, especially as it relates to our engagement with our government and society. Here follows the text, reproduced with permission from the pastor: Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord - Psalm 33:12a  Today is Canada Day. Our country is celebrating its 145th birthday as a nation. And that calls for celebration. When we celebrate an event we usually reflect upon what we have received and achieved. For Christians it is always a time in which we focus upon the blessings of the Lord.  Now in terms of age, Canada's 145 years is but a drop in the bucket compared to other nations. The Chinese culture is at least 30 times older. And when we go back to biblical times then we hear about nations and cultures that are older still.
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18 Jun 2012 Child Sacrifice

by Cornelis Van Dam (first published in Clarion, Volume 61 No. 12, June 8, 2012)In the world of ancient Israel, child sacrifice was a reality in pagan religion. So much so that God warned his people to have nothing to do with the practice even before they entered the Promised Land (Lev 18:21; 20:2-5). "Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire!" (Deut 18:10). This horrific practice did however take place in Israel in both the northern and southern kingdoms. It was also part of the reason why God sent his people into exile (2 Kings 16:3; 17:17; 21:6; Ezek 16:20-21). While we today can recoil at the thought of taking your own offspring and laying them on the altar of a pagan god such as Molech, the question can be raised whether the danger and temptation to commit child sacrifice is not becoming stronger as our society drifts from its Christian moorings. Children today are also being sacrificed to idols of one's own making.
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25 Apr 2012 Reflections on Chuck Colson & his last speech

Mark Penninga (April 25, 2012): Chuck Colson's promotion to eternity on Saturday leaves a void that will be hard to fill on this earth. Not many others have so faithfully given their lives to upholding Christ in the secular West. His leadership has inspired many, including myself, to make our political lives consistent with our faith. It was Colson's book "Loving God" that has been, apart from the Bible, the most influential book in my life. One paragraph gripped me like few other things ever have. I remember even making it the text on my computer screensaver back in my second year of university:
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