What We Can Learn From History
In our day we are seeing lots of Black Lives Matter jargon. We are witnessing the tearing down of statues of men who have made a significant contribution to history. The rhetoric we are hearing from the Black Lives Matter crowd is bringing up issues relevant to slavery. There is no question that slavery was a sickening evil that plagued the world for centuries. It was the driving force of the British economy for many years until one man decided to take it on as his life goal to defeat, along with a strong faith in Almighty God to help him prevail. It took him his entire lifetime but he did prevail and his goal reached. Very few people recognize the name if it were mentioned. However, his fight for the abolition of slavery and victory to attain it was actually the catalyst to end slavery all over the world in the 19th century. His name was William Wilberforce. Wilberforce was a brilliant, well-educated man who entered politics in his twenties. He was from a wealthy family, a rising star in the political world, who showed all kinds of potential, in a time when England needed good leadership. However, there were some things that greatly changed the direction of William Wilberforce’s personal ambitions.
At one time I didn’t enjoy studying history but since I began to study the Biblical view of history it has sparked a new interest that never grows old. History is really God’s story of the human race. When the God factor is added to history it becomes very interesting and exciting. One of the most amazing facts of history I’ve learned since becoming a Christian is that the world we live in is only about 10,000 years old. We have been pumped the deceptive lie that the world is millions and millions of years old. After years of careful study, I am totally convinced it is only several thousand, not millions and billions of years old. I challenge you to look up the link to Answers in Genesis web site www.answersingenesis.org . I think you will find it very interesting as you look at the Biblical perspective of the creation account versus the evolution account that we were all taught in school, and expected to blindly accept as truth. We never thought to ask if there was any other perspective on the history of the universe. The facts that creation organizations such as Answers in Genesis have dug up are truly amazing, and provide very convincing arguments for creation versus evolution. The matter of faith really starts with answering the question: Who created the world? Who is the creator and can you know who it is? Was it God or another source? I promise that if you give this question some serious consideration it will not be long until you’ll be convinced that the universe was created by a very intelligent source with a genius mind and plan. Who was it? It was God and there is much evidence to prove it.
Our world is in seeming turmoil with Covid-19 uncertainty, the craziness of riots that started in the U.S.A. and the world with vandalism and devastation in so many cities. With no consequences for their actions, many other groups around the world copied this and seized the opportunity to do the same. It is very sad to see our great countries of freedom and democracy crumbling from within. We are all asking ourselves the question, Where in the world are we headed? I get the strong sense that even the daily news anchors are bewildered at the direction our countries are headed. For sure it is not news as usual. We can all try to console ourselves with reason and the fact that the world has had pandemics before and riots before. But there is something very different about this time. It is not isolated to one country. It is global phenomenon. I believe we are starting to really witness the consequences of globalization. Globalization has been in motion since the First World War and gaining momentum ever since. The second World War pushed it forward another notch or two, then jet travel making any place in the world reachable in one day. Then, a strong catalyst for making the world a global community has been the Internet.
Through my series of articles on pandemics it has made me realize more than ever that we are overlooking and forgetting some of our greatest Canadian heroes. I want this article directed toward them, hopefully to stir some interest in us to remember and realize why we live in such a rich, blessed country. We have a long list of forefathers who helped settle this country, who lived according to an important biblical principle. This principle is from two verses in the New Testament: “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:3). “Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren” (1 John 3:16).
I am going to write this article reflecting on things that deeply trouble me about where we are and where we are headed in our Western free world. These days I hate watching the news. It is depressing and troubling. What is happening to our wonderful country that has given opportunity to millions of people seeking a new start and who have had their dreams fulfilled beyond expectation? This land has allowed people opportunities that few people in other parts of the world have ever experienced. There is no doubt that we who live in Canada live in an envious place. I have had the privilege to travel to many places around the world in my lifetime. The best part of most trips that I have taken is getting back to this land of snow and cold winters but the great goodness we enjoy far outweighs the few days of -40. I actually like the 40 below weather if I am prepared for it. I have travelled enough to know that every place in the world where I have been has amazing beauty in its own way. Even the far arctic that I have flown over back and forth as a pilot has an amazing beauty that is hard to describe. The hard thing to digest is when you land a float plane and taxi to shore on one of the beautiful lakes in the arctic and step onto the lichen moss, you sink ankle deep or up to your knees in water. That all comes from the permafrost below the surface which never totally melts over the short summer season. The other thing in the arctic is the thousands of square miles of rolling tundra with countless thousands of lakes that are so clear you can cast a hook out and see the lure 100 feet from shore, then see a multitude of fish swirling around the hook. I have landed a float plane on those lakes to observe the thousands of caribou migrating and feeding around the lakes. It is a sight that few in the world have experienced. You can actually walk among the caribou almost like cattle on a big ranch as the caribou in the far north arctic regions have little fear of man.