How Democracy Works (or Doesn't)

March 13, 2014

For the most part, Canadians are thankful to live in a democratic nation like Canada and exercise at least some of their freedoms. Unfortunately, some Canadians and perhaps the majority, take democracy and freedom of speech for granted, something that can never be taken away. The reality is however, that Canadian Freedom of speech has been shrinking for many years and is currently rapidly disappearing as the Human Rights of minorities are permitted to trump the fundamental rights of the general public. Nowhere is this more evident than in the circle of those whose identity is the Christian Worldview.

A worldview has been described as the sum total of our beliefs about the world, the “big picture” that directs our daily decisions and actions.

The Christian Worldview might be described as:

There is but one transcendent living God who existed before the world existed, who has revealed to mankind an absolute and unchanging standard of right and wrong, based on His holy character.

Those of us who identify with this worldview today, often assume that Christians can freely function and raise their children in a democratic nation without undue government interference. This was somewhat true 50 year ago but is no longer the case. Sexual freedom human rights are now trumping freedom of speech and parental rights as well as public decency and public safety.

It is now becoming imperative that Christians understand what Democracy is and how it actually works, or doesn’t.

Democracy is a form of government in which all eligible citizens have the opportunity to participate equally—either directly or through elected representatives—in the proposal, development, and creation of laws. It encompasses social, economic and cultural conditions that enable the free and equal practice of political self-determination.

Based on the above, for whom does democracy best work?  For eligible citizens who take advantage of the opportunity to participate. If we Christians do not participate in the proposal, development and creation of laws and policies then how is it that we expect that they will reflect the Christian Worldview?

Is there anything that Canadians who are of the Biblical or Christian worldview can do to restore God’s moral standards to Canadian law?

 

What can you do?

What will you do?

When will you do it?

 

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