Stop Spiritualizing Jesus Thoughts on Poverty

Adapted from a Sermon Preached Feb. 2nd at St. John’s Anglican Church Peterborough

1557I hate it whenever I hear a leader of country proclaim God’s blessing on there nation.  It drives me crazy when Obama says “God bless America” or Harper says “God Bless Canada”.  It bothers me because I know what they are saying is that God is on their side.

You don’t have to look too far back in history to see the destruction that has taken place when the powerful justify there power by claiming God is on there side.  Slavery, Colonialism, Apartheid, the Crusades, the list goes on and on.  This is why it bothers me so much.  But this week I began to ask myself, is my issue with how they understand blessing, or who they say is being blessed?  To say it another way, is it that they equate blessing with taking sides, or whose side they think God is on? Continue reading


Locking Up the Poor

I know most of us don’t have a lot of time for politics.  We vote once every four years, if we are available that day, and just generally accept that stuff is messed up.  But something is happening right now that is huge, and I really think that we can’t be quiet.  It is the new ‘Tough on Crime’ bill that is presently being talked about in the House of Commons.  This bill concerns me in a bucket load of ways: Continue reading