A Unique Birth

Posted on Jul 21 2015 by Gary Mason

GOD told her, two nations are in your womb, two peoples butting heads while still in your body. One people will overpower the other, and the older will serve the younger. When her time to give birth came, sure enough, there were twins in her womb. The first came out reddish, as if snugly wrapped in a hairy blanket; they named him Esau (Hairy). His brother followed, his fist clutched tight to Esau’s heel; they named him Jacob (Heel). Isaac was sixty years old when they were born. Gen 25:23-26 Msg

How can we understand our progression forward as a country until we can first understand the events that surround our birth? Jacob’s birth identified him and set as a template the pattern to which he would function and relate to those around him. What makes us as Canadians different in our culture and in our understanding of life as compared to those in other countries? The answer, I believe lies in the events that surround our birth. I am not speaking of the events that encompass confederation but rather looking back to an event in time that would orchestrate a uniting together out of a necessity for purpose. The event I speak of would be the circumstances that surround the War of 1812.

It was October 1995, just one week before the Quebec Referendum. I was at the National CFCM Conference in Ottawa. With the referendum just days away, the thoughts of the future of Canada were certainly on the forefront of my mind. During that conference we heard many good speakers but there was one session that grasped my heart more than any other. It was a brother who pastored in Quebec, and though I don’t remember his name, his words are forever embedded into my heart. This man shared that our understanding of history is based upon whose writings you would have read. Being that I am an Anglophone, I was raised by the Anglophone version of the War of 1812. I thought I understood this war and its happenings only to find out that mine was a limited perception. This brother shared the Francophone version of the events which caused my eyes to see and understand things in a new light. He told us how the Anglophone, Francophone and First Nations stood together as one for the purpose of defending our land. In fact I recall him telling us that a covenant was made between the parties and it went something like this. “That we would unite together as distinct nations under the banner of one country for the purpose of defeating the adversary and holding a new land.”

We were birthed in diversity for purpose and through our years we have fought at times the very thing that makes us Canadian. Our natural history and culture greatly affects our spiritual viewpoint and understanding. Diversity is not a weakness, it is that which makes us strong! It is that diversity for purpose that unites us together and helps to define us. We are not our brothers just south of the border, we are not the great melting pot. Our identity as a nation consists that of a stew, and as one would know a good homemade stew offers a diversity of taste in every bite. I have come to a place in my life where I can thank God daily that not everyone thinks like me. I am thankful for the unique perspectives that my brothers and sisters offer. Where I am weak, they are strong and if they are strong then through my relationship with them, I then become strong.

Throughout our land we see the Kingdom of God manifesting and moving forward yet there is no pattern, there is no formula. Here you will find brothers and sisters uniting together as distinct nations under the banner of one Christ for the purpose of defeating the adversary and holding a new land.



Mike Wlodarczyk is the pastor of The Rainbow Centre in Kamloops, British Columbia.

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