SNOOZZZZZZING OUR WAY TO THE POLLS

The leaders of the political parties were traveling together on a bus to the Leaders’ Debate. The bus went off the road and crashed into the ditch. A farmer living nearby hears the horrible crash and rushes out to discover the wreckage. Finding the politicians, he buries them. The next day, the police come to the farm to question the man. “So you buried all the politicians?” asked the police officer. “Were they all dead?” The farmer answered, “They said they weren’t, but you know how politicians lie.”

I actually have a higher opinion of politicians than I let on.  The scripture says,  The Most High rules in the kingdom of men, Gives it to whomever He will, And sets over it the lowest of men.’ (Dan 4:17)  Politics is God ordained and plays an important role in bringing order and stability to any society.  Many don’t know I ran in the 1993 Federal Election for the Reform Party in Winnipeg South. 15,100 people thought I would make a good Member of Parliament. Second place, but close only counts in horse shoes. I am still a Reformer at heart and I don’t see any party that resembles what we were trying to do in the days before the Reform party became the Canadian Alliance and then was swallowed up by the Tories.  I met Steven Harper in those days as he was also running and was elected as a Reform MP.   He didn’t like the tedious work of a MP and quit after only one term.   You will remember he only returned to politics to run for the leadership of the newly re-branded Tories.

Make no mistake about it he is no longer carrying the Reform banner.  In those days we were a populist party that was trying to reform politics and put the power of government back in the hands of the people.   We wanted an elected Senate, citizens’ initiative and MP recall.  Those things are not even on the political radar today.   Preston Manning used to be fond of quoting Thomas Jefferson on this issue;

“I know of no safe repository for the ultimate powers of society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to increase their discretion by education.”

Today governments treat the public with contempt and almost all the power of parliament is concentrated in the Prime Minister’s Office.  Back bench MP’s have almost no say in the political agenda and are subject to party discipline if they do not go along with the party line.   There is little difference in the four major parties in that regard.

In many ways I am grateful I lost back in 1993.   It is a thankless job where you take a tremendous amount of abuse.   It is the media that has actually trained politicians to lie.   If you tell the truth to the Canadian people about the state of the economy or what you are going to do about it, you get jumped all over for being either an uncompassionate right wing capitalist or a crazy left wing nut job.   So instead they fudge along, never really answering any questions, spouting platitudes about the good of all Canadians or preserving our values for the next generation…. blah blah blah.

That’s why I was a terrible politician, I like to tell it like it is.  I remember doing a debate at an advancing eduction class for seniors.  I told them that the Canadian health care system was on life support and that if we did not reform the system we could expect huge wait times for surgery and that some people were going to die in the queue.  Not only did they not believe me but they booed me.  The media branded me as a fear monger yet five years later everything I had warned of had come to pass.

Here we are in our 4th federal election in 7 years and almost nobody is paying attention. There is far more interest in Wills and Kate’s royal wedding and the NHL playoffs than what is happening on the campaign trail.  We are snoozing our way to the polls.  I don’t see anyone out there with a compelling vision for the future of our country.  Having said that I still believe it is very important to get out and exercise our civic responsibility to vote. There are many excellent Christian people running in this election that deserve our support.  My advice is to find out which candidate in your riding will vote in the House of Commons most closely to the way you pray for our nation.  It is a mystery to me how people can pray and believe a certain way and then go and vote for a party or a candidate whose values are completely contrary to theirs.  It is an easy choice for me.  Rod Bruinooge, running here in my former riding of Winnipeg South, is a member of our church.  He has been a huge defender of the rights of the unborn and an excellent MP.  We all need to seek out the bible believing Christians that are running and support them at the polls. These people are paying an incredible personal price to bring their faith into public life… the least we can do is stand behind them.  See you at the polls.

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15 Responses to SNOOZZZZZZING OUR WAY TO THE POLLS

  1. Patricia says:

    You know, my Father was very much like you. He told people what he thought would come to pass, and it did. It is a very harsh reality for the people who have spoken the truth about our situation and economy. They, usually, do get laughed at from people that do not listen to the news, etc.

    My concern over this election is how many finger pointings have been going on and lack of campaign promises that hold any muster. This is one of the worst election campaigns I have seen in my lifetime.

    I knew who I was going to vote for, until I phoned to ask a question and they did not come to door or phone. They had someone else phone me to tell me not listen or read things that were not on television. I told them that there are a lot of people that the comment she just gave me would offend them. Some people cannot afford to have both cable and an internet connect; especially if they are in university and a starving student. I also informed the woman who called on the person’s behalf that I am a voter that wants to ensure that who I am voting for was reflecting what I wanted to occur for my country. I have a right to question and get an answer. I also have a right to ask if things are true that I am reading about the person that I plan to vote for. I hate when politicians and or counterpartners try and talk circles around me and do not get to the substance of my questions. Because, in the end, that means they think I am a moron who does not know anything. I was not brought up to be a moron, and I will not put my vote in to support one either.

  2. Sally says:

    Often times it is the zealous volunteers that can paint a very bad picture of the candidates that are running. In their zeal to get as many votes that they can for their candidate they can sometimes resort to less than wise tactics which is unfortunate. Fatigue can also play a factor especially in the last week of campaigning. I hope none of it will stop you from voting.

  3. Betty says:

    Jesus I Praise you, for our PASTOR Mark & Kathy and team.

    Very good, Pastor Mark and I say thankyou, with all of my heart,for taking the path of a Pastor instead of a politician, even though I think you would do a good job there too.
    We can see in so many countries, how much those people would like to vote and have their voices heard, but does not work very well, I think, we should not take it for granted in this country and try our best, to support our Government, in the way we can.
    I went to the community center and heard, the candidate for our riding speak and I think he does a good job.
    If we concentrate on the positive side of our Government, we will notice, that they have made good improvements.

  4. Isaac says:

    Very good blog once again Pastor Mark. Such good advice, vote how you pray. Makes total sense. It’s hard to vote even still.

    In my riding the incumbent is openly and unapologetically anti-Christian, yet he’s guaranteed to win essentially. And the other parties seem to not act how I pray either. I guess I’ll mark my X and say, “Forgive me Father.” :)

  5. Sally says:

    Issac, I pray that you will be able to find one candidate running in your riding that you can vote for. Holy Spirit will give you wisdom. Surely one of them is honourable??

  6. Karen L says:

    I’m glad Mark, that you didn’t make it into politics…your light shines so much brighter where it is now…

    I am amazed at the people who support a political party, but think that the candidate for that party running in their riding is an idiot. I encountered a very unique individual today that tried to encourage everyone around him to vote, support our head of state, and to be just better Canadians. I stood and thought that we need more people like him in our country. It is surprising how many people don’t even care and how many people don’t even know who their political leaders are in this country.

    What has happened to us? How did we become so disengaged from the whole political system? Even though we may not like the people in politics, we need to remember that God put these people there, (through us) and we need to support and pray for our political leaders.

    Pray…Vote… make a difference.

  7. jdude says:

    I wish Canadians, and Canadian political actors, held academic discussions at hand. Its quite humorous that so many have political opinions but are completely disdained at weighing the merits of democracy.

  8. Audrey says:

    I just came home from voting – and it hit me as I walked to my car ~ I am so blessed to live in a country where I can vote and do not have to fear for my life, and know that even the worst candidate is better than the best one in many other countries. (not that I hope he wins :)
    I thanked God there and then for the privilege.
    I just have never really looked at it like that before. It certainly made it less of a chore. Go and vote!

  9. Evelyn Bennett says:

    To the honest truth I do not know what each party stands for in my neighborhood.

    None of them gave pamphlets this year to inform me of such facts.

    Do I ask the Lord for guidance and hope for the best?

  10. Karen L says:

    Evelyn: NO!!! Because this election was full of mud slinging and non information about what each party stands for, the best suggestion anyone can give is contact the party or go online and read their platforms for yourself. Pray… Ask questions of the party members in your riding. Pray … God will give you direction.
    I’m sure that a lot of people who voted, voted with their emotions, and not with a platform. I was reminded on Sunday that God is in control of this election, and He puts these people in these positions. It is our responsibility to pray for them.

  11. Jeff says:

    So…know that’s it’s all said and done…are things going to change on Parliment Hill? Personally, I think they are! I think PM Harper has been playing coy and not trying to ripple the waters while in a minority situation. There was an article on Yahoo Canada Tuesday morning after the election…here’s the last couple of paragraphs:

    “For years, we’ve kept our mouths silent because we knew it was a minority and we didn’t want this hidden-agenda label to come out,” said Craig Chandler, a businessman and long-time supporter of the party in its various incarnations.

    “But the reason we chose a westerner is because we wanted the Canadian Alliance-Reform agenda, and now that he has won a majority, he won’t be afraid to show his true colours.”

    (Link to full article) http://ca.news.yahoo.com/co-parent-conservative-party-delivers-minority-eight-years-042739182.html

    So…are Mr. Harper’s true colours still that of the Reform Party? You couldn’t have kicked the smile off Preston Manning’s face on election night! It will be very interesting to watch…Question period is going to be completely different from now on, and not just because Elizabeth May says she is going to hold all MP’s to a higher standard of behavior!

    Speaking of the Green Party leader… I found it interesting on Canada AM Tuesday morning…Elizabeth was being interviewed…and very prominently was wearing a cross necklace. Can’t imagine that was done by accident.

  12. Sally says:

    A dramatic shift has incurred in Canada. The people have spoken and we now have a strong stable majority government. It will be interesting to see what God has in store for us as a nation. Our mandate is to bring healing to the nations and to stand strong for Israel. As long as we continue to fulfil this mandate we will remain a blessed nation. Because we are living in a fallen world I have no doubt that we will see some hard times in future but not because of our government but because of all the natural disasters that have occurred. A wiseman can see that our food supply is going to be limited if we have no crops in the ground. It may be a wise thing to begin to prepare for a time when food is not readily available and if in the event we don’t need it we can always use it to help others…just a thought for the times ahead.

  13. Victoria says:

    Well,it has been awhile since I have written,but I have moved my family to the township where they go to school! I have no car and the school is only 1 block away.
    I had the opportunity to vote this year,with my “soon to be right with God”,husband.(We are to wed on June 11.)
    Can you believe the voting polls were right next door to me!
    I think me voting actually made a difference,and I was amazed at home many people that are coming out are my age 35-40ish. It’s finally our turn…Goodbye Liberals! Hooray!
    Watch our country flourish!!!
    Thank you God!
    and Amen!

  14. Betty says:

    Congratulations, Victoria, on your engagement!

    Praise God, for answering prayers, sometimes it is different, then what we ask for, but in the end, it always turns out to be, for the best for us.

    This time, when it came to go voting, I had the confidence in God, that He would give us a majority and the party we needed, for the Prime Minister of this country and He would put the right people everywhere else.

  15. Lana says:

    Well, we may have snoozed our ways to the polls this election, but the results were anything BUT snoozy! Who would’ve guessed…?

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