HELPFUL TIPS for bold
Take stock of what freedom and privileges we have as
Christians living in Canada, and give thanks for them.
Don’t expect everyone to assume your values. If they’re not
believers, why should they?
Recognize that freedom of religion means freedom of
religion for everyone or no one.
Choose your battles. Is that thing you are fighting about
worth the time and energy you are giving it? Is it a central
principle of your faith?
Celebrate the victories when religious freedom is
recognized and upheld.
Recognize that culture is not the enemy, it’s simply our
Look for God-given opportunities rather than thinking
you have to create them all the time. God is at work in a
situation long before we get there.
Point out with appreciation the Judeo-Christian foundations
of the things we value as Canadians, including individual
freedom and human rights.
Admit our failures as Christians and churches. This keeps us
humble and prevents us from being smug. We have been
part of the powers and authorities that created some of our
Remember there are different Christian perspectives.
We won’t always agree on the best way to live in our
culture. But if Christ is at the centre, we should not erect
barriers between one another. Christ’s way is always higher
Take up the challenge of engagement, not exile. Uncircle
the wagons and invite others into a conversation, not an
Organize a study group or take a course to examine some of
the questions you find most challenging.
Remember we live in a democracy, and have a right and
responsibility to have our voices heard. We have potential
to continue shaping the landscape.
Keep global Christianity in view. Considering the actual
extent of persecution some Christians face gives us a much
more balanced view of our own situation.
Consider how churches on the margins in Canada have
thrived. Power is not required for Kingdom position.
Focus on the needs of others rather than our own position.
What is our main task right here, right now?
God can defend Himself. We are but witnesses to His gospel,
which is always good news.
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