Christian Heritage Party leader Ron Gray has a job that no one would envy — he has to get Christians to put their faith into action, particularly in the political arena.
At the Feb. 22 Christian Heritage Party convention, Gray made the case in stark terms: we have no choice.
Noting the obstacles we face, obstacles that include a hostile media, threats from Islamic fundamentalism and an adamant secularism, Gray provided a clarion call to complacent Christians.
He recalled that Time magazine “wrote God’s obituary in 1966,” and noted “I think they still regard it as impolite of Him not to have complied.” Gray warned the faithful not to allow this hostile media into luring Christians to accept the secular notion that “religion is strictly a private matter,” and he congratulated Anglican Archbishop Michael Peers and Catholic Archbishop Adam Exner for “challenging militant secularists.”
He noted that with such inspired leadership, and organizations such as the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, there can be a change; after all, secularists, he said, “only represent 12 per cent of the population.” Most Canadians, on the other hand, have a “new desire to look at the world through the lens of transcendent, immutable principles.”
First among them, and this is important for Christians to remember when it comes to politics, is that having the numbers doesn’t make something right. To accept such a premise that standards are based on “populist opinion polling” leads us down the road to the “Law of the Jungle: ‘Might makes right’.”
There is something greater, namely our Christian heritage. Quoting Samuel Huntington’s Clash of Civilizations, Gray reminds us “The best hope for a modicum of stability is for the West to … Focus on strengthening and preserving its culture and values.” And our culture and values “come from our religious heritage.”
That’s why it is important to allow religion back into the public square. Gray promised that the CHP “will let our faith determine policy.”
There were four main policy areas Gray addressed: protection of innocent life, strengthening families, election finance reform and reforming Parliament. The last two agenda items may be necessary to ensure that people of faith get full access to the political process where they can make a difference on behalf of life and family. But he reiterated the centrality of the pro-life plank for the CHP: “This has always been a key platform of us. It will not change.”