For those who think we should send missionaries to Syria and not have Syrians in Canada or the US... isn’t that hypocrisy?
For a couple of decades now, Christians in the West have been decrying the de-Christianizing of our culture. Prayer in school, handing out the Gideon's Bible, the change from Merry Christmas to Happy Holidays was just the start. Those issues now seem like child's play.
Now we deal with issues of gender orientation, immigration, and home-grown terrorism. While we once took pride in the pluralism and tolerance of our nation, there is a constant heap of faith-based posts and shares lamenting how much we have strayed from our Christian roots.
While it might sound mission-like, is taking our country back to its "Christian roots" really what God wants for us? What if our pluralism and the hostility to all things Christian was exactly what God wants for Christians?
The social media commentary I read, even from Christian leaders, doesn't sound at all missional. It sounds like protectionism, fear of other faiths, loss of control...and even racism. It sounds more like a white European entitled idea that this country should be full of people like me.
We fear for our comfort, or even safety, in the context of people from other countries coming to Canada. We fear that our communities will become like many European cities that look and act differently from how we grew up. This is a discipleship issue. This is all a neon sign that points to our spiritual poverty and weak faith. Do we think that God has called other Christians to encounter opposition in Syria... and somehow we are exempt from that same spiritual or cultural opposition in Canada?
Is the great threat to the church Islam, the LGTBQ community, or general secularism? Never has the church been in danger from those outside the faith. In fact, opposition to the church always grows the church. The great threat to the church is the church. Could it be that God is asking us to embrace our post-Christian culture and immigration as a means to both our discipleship and reaching the nations?
Dave Blundell / Rev. Dave Blundell is the Executive Director of Hungry For Life International. Dave holds an M.A. in Leadership and is the author of Professionally Religious: The Spiritual Poverty of Spiritual Leaders.