Saturday, July 04, 2009

Resources for knowing the times we live in

As a follow up to our last two blogs, I would like to invite you to order a couple of resources that you will find very helpful in understanding the state of human rightssd here in Canada and a Christian understanding of human rights in general.  For the former, I would recommend Ezra Levant’s new book, Shakedown: How Our  Government is Undermining Democracy in the Name of Human Rights.  You can order it online from The Voice of the Martyrs for only $17.00 plus shipping. This bestselling book is a “must read” in my opinion.  Make sure your pastor gets a copy because I sincerely believe that freedom of expression (including religious freedom) is going to become an increasingly important issue here in Canada.

hrcp1 For a better understanding of human rights from a Christian perspective, read Human Rights - A Christian Primer by Thomas K. Johnson.  This 2008 publication is perhaps the most helpful introduction to human rights from a Christian perspective in print today.  You can also order it from The Voice of the Martyrs for $10.00 plus shipping. 

Sadly, many church leaders in Canada seem to have little or no understanding of the importance of human rights and how biblically based the concept it.  Many seem unaware of many of the religious liberty issues that swirl around them today. 

I have always been impressed by David’s selection of men who he believed were fit to be leaders when we read in 1 Chronicles 12:32 that he chose from Issachar, “men who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do.”  This is the kind of leader that God is looking for today as well. If you are a church leader, I urge you to get these books and then pass them on to others.

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