2015 Bill Greer
Bee in flight
Archives for June 13, 2020
Everett Howard was only a young boy when he already knew that God was calling him to serve the Lord in some significant way. Even at the end of his college years he was still fighting against that call. The inner conflict was so great that he found his way into a little church building and locked himself inside. He told God that this is going to be a life decision. He listed on a sheet of paper all the things that he thought God might be asking him to do or be. He promised God that he would seek to do everything required of him. After signing his name he waited for a ‘thunder and lightning’ response from God, or at least some sign of approval. Nothing came. He sked the Lord if he had missed something that should be on the list. Nothing came to mind and nothing eventful happened.
Then he sensed God speaking to his heart and saying, “Son, you’re going about it the wrong way. I don’t want this list. Tear up the paper you’ve just written.” Then he sensed another instruction, “Son, I want you to take a blank piece of paper and sign your name on the bottom of it and let Me fill it in.”
Everett Howard ended up as a missionary to the Cape Verde Islands. Had he known about the huge troubles, barriers and difficulties he would encounter he might have given up before even going. As it was, he simply trusted God’s leading one day at a time. Perhaps that is a suitable challenge for us fathers on Fathers Day.
Watching the local TV reports for many months and to my shock – that outlet rarely gives the all the facts or explains anything
Why if the figures are not high! or high enough we eliminate everything but the biggest number which is not necessarily significant.
First case reported of Covid-19 January 25th, 2020
For instance: Friday 196 reported cases in the Interior Health Area – what they do not say is:
There is 1 new case
193 people recovered with a recovery rate of 98%
Only 30 went to a hospital. There are 22 hospitals in the region.
Lets just make one comparison
Vancouver Island HA – 10 hospitals
130 cases reported
Only 25 went to a hospital
No new cases
125 recovered with a rate of 96%
5 people died
Everyone poured their morning coffee? It’s time to sit back and perhaps become a little uncomfortable as we confront the issue of systemic racism. We hear some statements where people don’t even equate their words as being offensive. No it is not meant to be, let us first examine a few things and then just maybe we can all think of a solution to some of them.
Ever heard “I never did any of the nasty things that were done so why should it concern me?”
You were not here but the entire society benefited from, was predicated on the disgraceful behavior of those who came and took what they wanted. We can’t say the land didn’t belong to anyone either. Think of it this way, the wilderness was a supermarket, it was a clothing store, it was an energy source for water and heat. The land base belonged to various tribes by virtue of societies.
The European Migrants came and over ran the land, changed the laws for their benefit and brushed the inhabitants aside. The next step in Canada was cultural genocide through the residential schools. The rightful owners of the land were put on Reserves often on the land of least quality. Even today the end has not come. Corporations feel they should be able to cross the lands in question. The second problem is some of these lands are where the resources are.
A friend of mine summed it up in a way that made me stop and think when he said “It’s like a pimp saying he never had anything to do with prostitution. Maybe he didn’t engage in the wrong doing directly but he did benefit from it.”
We have a litany of bad behavior, the Chinese exclusion act the purpose to deny people citizenship. The inhumane treatment of the first Indo-Canadians who tried to make Canada home.
The truth is we have statues depicting greatness. The problem does not belong to you and I alone. Our institutions of society, from church to governments fed us as skewed view of the truth. Yes, Sir John A was the father of Canada and forged our place in the world. He also gave license to some very corrupt people to build the national railway. At his feet we also lay the shame of the residential school system. There are a host of bad actors that got themselves a name plaque or statue. The question is not, should they have the honor, or a statue.
The question is, how do we tell the whole truth in our school system? How do we make all those living in today’s Canada aware of the truth about the characters in our nations historical binders?
We must all ask those hard questions and acknowledge these things were done. Ask ourselves how it is that we are silent or in a few words brush off what was done while at the same time knowing full well we would be denouncing such acts today.
No we should not rewrite history, we have already done that, what we need to do is write the truth. As for the statues and monuments we should debate their fate. They may in the end serve an educational purpose.