Residential Schools en Every Child Matters <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Every Child Matters</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/user/89" lang="" about="/user/89" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">Michael Schutz</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 09/30/2020 - 20:24</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-mt-subheader-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>There are new "National [insert cause here] Day" days every day, it seems. But September 30 is one, though recent, that no Canadian ought ignore.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="images-container clearfix"> <div class="image-preview clearfix"> <div class="image-wrapper clearfix"> <div class="field__item"> <img srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/max_325x325/public/CF411B85-4B2A-4C7A-AAB9-06A455D02E95.png?itok=3N7ttoQM 325w, /sites/default/files/styles/max_650x650/public/CF411B85-4B2A-4C7A-AAB9-06A455D02E95.png?itok=tEX-NrjX 650w, /sites/default/files/styles/max_1300x1300/public/CF411B85-4B2A-4C7A-AAB9-06A455D02E95.png?itok=jOulUPzs 1280w" sizes="(min-width: 1290px) 1290px, 100vw" src="/sites/default/files/styles/max_325x325/public/CF411B85-4B2A-4C7A-AAB9-06A455D02E95.png?itok=3N7ttoQM" alt="Every Child Matters" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>September 30 marks a relatively new "cause day" in Canada. Since 2013, the day has been set aside as "Orange Shirt Day", a day to remember and honour the survivors of a dark chapter in Canadian history: <a href="">residential schools</a>. The Canadian government&nbsp;and members of the Christian Church were both complicit in "aggressive assimilation" of Indigenous people, especially children, taking them forcibly out of their homes and sending them to boarding schools to try to incorporate them into Canadian and Christian "culture".&nbsp;As a Christian and pastor, I'm compelled to bring a few words to the day from a Christian perspective.</p> <blockquote> <p>"A theologian of glory calls evil good and good evil. A theologian of the cross calls the thing what it actually is."<br /> -&nbsp;Martin Luther, Heidelberg Disputation, Thesis 21</p> </blockquote> <p>Christians cannot call the horrific treatment of Indigenous people at residential schools at the hands of Christians and the Canadian government anything but what it was: sin. God never calls us to spread His Word by cruelty and abuse, but only by proclaiming what He's given us to proclaim: His Law - which names sin for what it is - and His Gospel - which offers the same grace and mercy that He has first shown us in Jesus.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix"> <span class="field__label">Tags</span> <ul class='links field__items'> <li><a href="/taxonomy/term/190" hreflang="en">Residential Schools</a></li> <li><a href="/taxonomy/term/148" hreflang="en">Theology of the Cross</a></li> <li><a href="/taxonomy/term/150" hreflang="en">Theology of Glory</a></li> </ul> </div><div class="field field--name-field-mt-post-categories field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix"> <ul class='links field__items'> <li><a href="/taxonomy/term/29" hreflang="en">Culture</a></li> </ul> </div><section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=122&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="KWaYOH2ht2oCxVkNOpA6VO9YpmzfLKE4_h_kPOOJJGc"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Thu, 01 Oct 2020 03:24:11 +0000 Michael Schutz 122 at