It is our innate reaction to love our government. They
protect us from the bad guys. They are on the side of those who obey the laws,
do good deeds and further the communal cause. Thank goodness for the police,
the courts, the military and all the governmental agents who punish evil and
promote the good.
But what happens to our intrinsic gut response of
loving our government for doing what it is supposed to do when it instead does
the opposite – plunders the righteous and rewards the wicked? Of course, our
love turns to hate.
Now, I love Canada. I’ve been there twice this year already. Once to beautiful sunny Toronto
(okay, it was dark and rainy the whole time) and I just returned from fishing
in British Columbia. Canada is beautiful and its people are winsome (and
nothing beats the taste of its salmon!).
That said my respect for Canada has plummeted. Why? The
Canadian government just did the adverse thing when it comes to the role it is
supposed to play in regards to justice. It rewarded the bad guy with monies taken from the good tax-paying
citizens of Canada.
Prime Minister Trudeau paid a reported $10.5 million
cash settlement to Omar Khadr who confessed to tossing a grenade at U.S. Army
Delta Force medic Christopher Speer, killing him. Why would Trudeau pay a
member of Osama bin Laden’s al Qaeda team ten million dollars? Because Canadian
officials supposedly didn’t use the proper interrogation techniques on Omar
when he was questioned at Guantanamo Bay, that’s why!
Meanwhile, Sgt. Speer’s widow, Tabitha and his two
young children, living in Utah, sued Omar in the U.S. and won a $134 million
judgment. Trudeau’s payment to the guilty was designed to circumvent Tabitha’s’
ability to enforce her judgment in Canada. He voluntarily issued the payment,
without a court order, just before the Speer family could obtain judicial
compliance for their judgment in the Great White North.
Speaking of our secular rulers, the Bible has this to
say, “For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil…For he (the
ruler) is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is
evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister
of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.” Romans 13: 3-4
Trudeau’s cynical rendering of tribute, rather than
wrath, on an admitted war-criminal was not a beautiful thing. His timing so as
to obstruct justice for the victims was despicable. How are the poor Canadian
people to be expected to honor their Prime Minister when he acts in such a