Life Cannot Be Measured in Years

“I guess what I’m trying to say is, I don’t think you can measure life in terms of years. I think longevity doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with happiness. I mean happiness comes from facing challenges and going out on a limb and taking risks. If you’re not willing to take a risk for something you really care about, you might as well be dead.”

(Diane Frolov)

A Story of Understanding and Respect

As a young man I often felt that the generation before me (my parent’s generation) did not understand nor respect the lifestyle and values of my age-group. Now, standing in the same situation as my parents did 30+ years ago, it is my own children (young adults) that have expressed their feelings of being misunderstood and disrespected by my generation.

I think that this tension is true for every new generation, especially in North American society. So what can we learn from history? Is mutual understanding and respect something to be earned, learned, or something implicitly inherent in all of us?

I take comfort in the wisdom and actions of the Apostle Paul. Here was a forward leader who knew how to lead cross-generationally. In other words, Paul knew how to relate well to the younger and older generations alike. In 1 Timothy 5:1-2, we read the words of Paul to his protégé, Timothy: “Do not rebuke an older man, but exhort him as a father, younger men as brothers, older women as mothers, and with all propriety, the younger women as sisters.”

Through Paul’s words to young Timothy, God is teaching us biblical respect for each other. I cannot speak for others, but I do want my life to be an example of understanding and respect for the young and old equally. Please consider the same endeavour.

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Is Separation of Church and State a Part of the Canadian Constitution?

The answer to that question is an unequivocal no. According to former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper,

“…separation of church and state is an American constitutional concept and does not apply to the Canadian constitution”.

He went on to say that separation of church and state in Canada has meant, traditionally, that the government will not interfere with religion.

Even atheists and secularists such as Doug Thomas, President, Secular Connexion Seculaire, a Humanist Rights Advocacy Group has admitted:

“There are no clauses in the Constitution Act of 1867 (the BNA Act to those born before 1982) that separate church and state. Indeed, our Head of State, the Monarchy, is also the Head of the Church of England and Defender of the Faith…since that Monarchy is directly involved with the Church of England and, by extension, the Anglican Church of Canada, the best the Crown can do is to tolerate all other churches (and atheism) in Canada. Enter the tradition of non-interference with religion.”

So the next time you hear someone falsely claim that separation of church and state is constitutional in Canada, remind them of their fallacy based on the facts and the history of Canada.

Does Premiere Brad Wall have the constitutional right to pray at the Saskatchewan Legislature and give a message at Christmas time ? Yes he does. Even as a leader in government, Wall has the unalienable right to freely practise his faith both privately and publicly without interference.

Tolerance for other religions and governmental non-interference has been part and parcel our history in Canada. Ironically, there are those who would challenge in the courts our fundamental right to freely practice our faith in Canadian society without government interference. In other words, there are individuals and groups in Canadian society that actually want government to interfere with religion in Canada. The vast majority of Canadians who practice some sort of faith and tradition would profoundly disagree with the aforementioned interference.

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