Lessons to be learned from tragedy

Lessons to be learned from tragedy

LETTER: Vernon Remembrance Day ceremony story evokes reaction

Like many others, I attended the Remembrance Day ceremony Nov. 11. One thing that really struck me was in the address by Reverand John McKay. In relaying his own story, he talked of when he became a minister and his dad saying to him: “If you had seen what I saw you wouldn’t believe in God.” This is tragic; a man who serves his country, and what he ultimately sees is the ugliness of sinful humanity. What we can take away from this is the need to recognize and acknowledge the evil that man is capable of.

On Remembrance Day we reflect on those men and women who served and do serve to give us freedom from ungodly ideologies. What we must do is be aware of what is true, what is good, what is honest, so that we will not be deceived by that which is false or bad. We need to know the living God so we can discern the enemy of our minds and souls. What we see in the World Wars, other military battles and in dictatorial regimes is man full of pride, hate, greed and false philosophies/religious ideas, perpetrating their evil on others.

We are fortunate in Canada to live in a country that is mostly peaceful. If we want to keep this, we must work for it. In the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms we read, “Whereas Canada is founded upon principles that recognize the supremacy of God and the rule of law.” If we fail, or simply refuse to recognize the Creator, then the rule of law becomes meaningless, and we fall into the peril of a depraved society, with ‘each man doing what is right in his own eyes.’ We must be on guard that what our children are taught is in keeping with that which is true, honest, just, pure, lovely. If we don’t prupose to acknowledge and heed the ordinances of the Creator, we will do what man does best, be our own god full of selfishness and hate. Under the Canadian Charter, our first constitutional freedom is the freedom of conscience and religion. Want your kids to have a conscience? Make sure they are taught what is true, honest, just; and hold the schools accountable to do the same.

God keep our land.

Brian Unrau

Vernon