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What is Freedom?

This past week we had some very interesting guests visit our church.  This husband and wife were on a working trip going across Western Canada.  Mrs. Arbo shared her testimony how her family found freedom in Canada.  To hear and understand what people will risk and go through to gain freedom makes one appreciate the freedoms we now have.  Whenever I hear a story like this, I realize we do not appreciate what we have in Canada, that is, until we may lose it.  Then we will tell our suffering grandchildren what we used to have.  Freedom is a precious principle.  It allows people to pursue their dreams and fulfill them in countries like Canada and the USA where we have differences of governance but one thing in common and that is freedom. 

I want to try to explain two kinds of freedom in this article. First, I want to talk about national freedom like we have in Canada.  The reason we have national freedom in Canada is basically because of the freedom the USA fought for from the British.  Canada obtained its freedom of independence after the seven-year war between the British and France.  The Treaty of Paris relinquished all of its North American possessions to the British Quebec in 1763.  The country of Canada started out in Quebec as the British Upper and Lower Quebec.  In 1840 the divided Quebec was made one. From 1775-1783 there was a war against the British by the Americans known as the American Revolutionary War or the War of Independence.  Up until this time Canada and the USA were both under the dominion of the British rule of law and governance.  This war and its outcome greatly influenced the direction of Canada as it caused the British to allow Canada to be an independent nation.  The Act of Union in 1840 gave Canada dominion over its own affairs. In 1967, with the creation of the Dominion of Canada, two other British colonies, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia,  joined Ontario and Quebec.   Over the next 82 years Canada expanded its dominion  by incorporating other British colonies, finishing with Newfoundland and Labrador in 1949.  In 1982 the Patriation of the Constitution was the final removal of legal dependence on the British Parliament.   

Canada has at its foundation a Constitution which is the supreme law of Canada.  It outlines Canada’s system of government and the civil human rights of those who are citizens of Canada and even those who are not citizens of Canada.   The Constitution includes the structure of Parliament, the way elections work, the role of the monarchy, the powers of the executive branch and the division of powers between the federal government and the provincial governments. The Constitution is the supreme and most important law we have in Canada. It is in that document that our FREEDOM is gained or lost. If we maintain this important document as the foundation for all Canadians and the Constitution is upheld in the courts of Canada then we will continue to have FREEDOM.  If we manipulate or change the Constitution we will lose our FREEDOM.  The very first provision in the Charter is freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of press, freedom of assembly and freedom of assembly.  The founders of both the USA and Canadian Constitutions knew the absolute essential principle for all of its people to be able to worship freely according to their dictates. When we do not protect or use the Constitution properly we will lose the Constitution.  During the so-called emergency of the Covid plan-demic--in the opinion of the writer –our constitutional freedoms were greatly compromised and violated from coast to coast. This happened as the government violated personal human rights guaranteed in the constitution and used the emergency act to justify it. I am not against vaccines for health care and strongly support anything that promotes health care, however, I challenge you to check out americasfrontlinedoctors.org before you go too far down any vaccine agenda.   These doctors have laid their entire careers on the line in order to get truth and another medical perspective out to the public to be heard and considered.  I really think there is more than the vaccine at stake in all this. I truly believe that our FREEDOM is at stake in this pandemic, so-called emergency and chaos. In my humble opinion, you will have a hard time finding freedom if you keep listening to CNN, CBC, CTV and all the other big mainline media outlets.   If Canada and the USA keep listening to their narratives the end will be a total loss of FREEDOM in our countries.  These outlets are continually spinning fear narratives to the masses.  When you have people in fear you control them.  When people are controlled by an outside power you are no longer free.  

The second FREEDOM I am going to address is personal freedom offered to every individual in the world. I want to share with you the verse from the Bible that was preached to me in Quesnel B.C. in December 1978.  I was invited to a Businessmen Christmas Banquet by a rancher in our community. I was booked for a Christmas holiday from my flying job for two weeks.  I arrived in Quesnel my hometown area and accepted the invitation to go to the banquet.  The speaker that night was a chaplain from the Prince George Correctional Center.  His text was John 8:34-37. He made it clear that there is only one way you can be perfectly free as God intended you to be and that is come to Jesus Christ with all your heart and soul.  Freedom is allowing Jesus Christ to be Lord of your life.  When we accept his free gift of eternal life and forgiveness of sin, we experience a freedom we didn’t realize existed. The chaplain also explained that freedom comes when we continue and keep going on the path of freedom Christ offers.  I did that and I can truly testify there is nothing like it in all the experiences I have ever had in life. However, this freedom is dependent on keeping ourselves in submission to God’s Word, the Bible, which is like a constitution for our lives.  When we follow its teachings and obey it we have freedom.  When we do things our way instead of God’s way we end up with regrets and bondage of one form or another.  

Freedom in a country depends on following the Constitution which is the foundation of the freedom of every citizen in that country.  Millions of people from all over the world have fled to Canada seeking freedom, just like Mrs. Arbos’s family who fled from Communist Eastonia.  Her parents escaped in a leaky rowboat at night.  One person bailed water and the other rowed out across the Baltic Sea. They avoided the bullets of secret police and also the hazards of being out in the Baltic Sea in an unseaworthy rowboat.  They were miraculously rescued by a passing sailboat from another country.  They ended up seeking refuge to Canada.  In Canada, while they were in quarantine in a St. Johns port, they were given a New Testament.  Through reading that New Testament, Mrs. Arbos’s father accepted Jesus Christ as his Saviour and Lord.  A great story of a family experiencing national freedom and personal freedom.  Everyone needs both.  May God help us to wake up, stand up and speak up for our freedoms.  Freedom in our country has been obtained with the blood of those who fought for it. As well, our freedom in Christ has been obtained with the blood of Christ: “And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the First Begotten of the dead, the Prince of the kings of the earth. To Him that loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood” (Revelation 1:5). 

Romans 10:9: “…If you shall confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in your heart that God has raise him from the dead, you shall be saved.”

Romans 10:10: “For with the heart man believes unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession if made unto salvation.”

Romans 10:13: “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” 

When you are saved you find personal freedom from sin to enjoying a relationship with the Holy Spirit because you are now free from your past, your sin and your failures in life. He gives you a new start in life and a new freedom.  

Please contact us if you have any questions at www.pabaptist.ca or text 306-961-9866 

The content of this article is solely the personal opinions of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Prince Albert Shopper.

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