“So the house of Israel shall know that I am the Lord their God from that day and forward” (Ezekiel 39: 22)
What if you found out that you are an Israelite? Would it make a difference in your life? If you are of Anglo-Saxon, Celtic, Scottish or Scandinavian origin, then you are, you know! And you could be in for a real life changer.
Just as Canadians had some controversies about a new flag there was quite a flag fight in Holland before the last world war. There was a trend to change the old red-white-blue flag into orange-white-blue without an orange ribbon. This ribbon was and is used only when the Dutch flag flies during festivities in connection with the Dutch royal family (i.e. the birthday of the Queen.
In the grey light of an October morning in 1915, Nurse Edith Cavell faced a firing squad of German soldiers with a calmness and dignity which won the admiration of the world. The chaplain who was present with her at the end carefully noted her last words, "I am not afraid or apprehensive. I have seen death so often that it does not seem to me strange or terrible. I want to say now that I face God and eternity, that I realize that patriotism is not enough. I must not hate or feel bitter towards anybody."
When I was asked to write this article, I couldn’t help but reflect upon my wonderful friends in America, who this coming month will celebrate their 239th anniversary. I love America and have been privileged to speak in so many of its cities and towns since my first North American tour nearly thirty years ago. I’ve discovered that whenever Americans approach a solemn anniversary, patriotism abounds.
You know, when I think of the way we are in our world today, with personal and corporate greed, the wars, the loss of freedoms, the financial bondage, the violence in our cities, the undefended war against our wonderful God, our meek acceptance of a new milk-toast form of a Christianity that once made us great, the resulting loose morals of both young and old, our surrender to poverty for the many, inadequate education and poor leadership devoid of statesman,