UnknownSometimes people forward emails from Ezra Levant’s, ‘The Rebel’, to me. Once in awhile I think he’s saying worthwhile things, but most of the time he just seems to be frothing at the mouth, and seems almost desperate to make mountains out of mole-hills.

In the rant below, Ezra calls on Christians to take out their pitchforks, and pull out their wallets, while they’re at it, because the enemy is poised to deny all the rights and freedoms due to the children of God.

I honestly don’t know if Ezra is a genuine freedom fighter, or just a crank who is trying to rouse enough alarm and action to keep his media world solvent.  But regardless of his motivation, when we pause and consider his loud causes, the causes themselves sometimes look like they are the problem.  Ezra decries the action of authorities who shut down street evangelists, …….or are they actually buskers?  He wants to work Christians into a lather because a music group called ‘Voices of the Nations’ is denied access to a public square to put on their performance.

Mr. Levant gives us snatches of a surrepticiously  captured telephone conversation with a Toronto city clerk, and we are told the music group had been given some kind of warning in the past.  Without having a much fuller picture, I think it is a mistake to jump into such hyped-up alarmism,…. not that Levant is necessarily wrong in pointing out genuine matters of injustice, where they are clear.

But even if there is uneven treatment, ……what is to be the response of the born-again believer who is persecuted because of their faith in the Saviour of the world?

Reading the Bible gives us plenty of guidance as to how we are to live in a fallen world, among unregenerate men and women.  Jesus says we are to let our light so shine before men that they will give glory to our Father in heaven.  (And we fail too often in this, sometimes showing barely a flicker of His light).  Jesus left the riches and power and glory of heaven to come as a helpless and humble baby, to a hard cruel world where he was often hated, and ultimately beaten and nailed to a cross.  Jesus could have called down thousands of angels to wipe out his enemies, but he let them kill him, instead praying that his Father would forgive them. They did not know they were killing the only Saviour, who laid down His life for their sins.

Stephen was stoned to death.  Paul died in prison.  John was exiled on Patmos.  The disciples were scattered because of fierce persecution.  Christians were tortured and murdered from the birth of the Christian faith, to this present time.  None of them appear to have called for donations to help them sue the governing authorities, but the gospel of Jesus Christ has gone throughout the world, despite unceasing efforts made, to destroy the Word of God and silence believers.

I have some feeling about Levant’s urging Christians to join him in these battles because Jesus never called us to demand the right to blare His message in an obnoxious way.  The early disciples, common, uneducated men,  turned the world upside down, because they preached the gospel and demonstrated the miraculous power of God.

When I came to know Jesus as my Saviour back in 1970, the Bible became the most amazing book I’d ever read and I wanted to share His love and truth with absolutely everyone, (which sometimes made me a little overwhelming too).  But for over a year I would work at my bank job, then most days, either bus or hitch-hike to downtown Vancouver with my guitar and a stack of small Bibles, and gospel tracts.  I’d visit with the people suffering the effects of alcohol till late at night, sometimes even too late to catch the last bus, so that I had to hitch-hike home.   Some of those folk became dear friends who looked forward to my company,  mostly to just having someone who cared enough to look into their eyes and listen, while they tried to talk, …….in a world of dysfunction.

Even in the context of Skid Row, I can’t imagine Jesus and his disciples setting up blaring amplifiers and blinding lights in the town square, and blasting people while he spoke these words:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.  Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so men persecuted the prophets who were before you.

(See Ezra levant’s letter below, and see how different you feel reading what Jesus says, compared to Ezra’s clarion call that you  demand your rights, sue anyone who opposes you, and send him money).

EZRA LEVANT:  The Rebel:  A Toronto bureaucrat has banned a Christian choir from performing in a public square, because their songs include the words “praise the Lord” and “there’s no God like Jehovah.”

I wish I were kidding.

Voices of the Nations is a choir that has performed for five years in a row in Yonge & Dundas Square, in downtown Toronto. It’s a little bit like New York City’s Times Square, with concerts, buskers, demonstrations and events — everything from Hare Krishna chants to marijuana rallies to a permanent kiosk where Muslim men hand out Korans.

But when Voices of the Nations applied for a permit to sing Christian songs, they were turned down flat. And when they phoned Natalie Belman, the bureaucrat in charge of the city-owned property, the reason she gave them was shocking: they were banned because they were Christian.

Well, here we go again.

Just last year, a Christian pastor named Rev. David Lynn was charged by police with illegal “busking”, for singing Christian songs at Yonge & Dundas Square — not 50 feet from the Muslim Koran kiosk. We helped recruit a civil liberties lawyer to fight Rev. Lynn’s case, and we won.

Well, the anti-Christian censors are back. They’re not just going after Rev. Lynn — but a whole choir. Even though that choir has performed there for five years in a row.

Click here to watch my video on this outrageous censorship — including to listen to an audio recording of the phone call with Natalie Belman. You will be shocked.

We’ve got to do three things.

1. We’ve got to let people know that anti-Christian bigotry is alive and kicking in Toronto — and that it’s completely unashamed. Seriously — can you believe that bureaucrat didn’t even hesitate to say exactly why she was banning the choir? So, step one is: spread the word, by forwarding this e-mail, or asking people to visit our website at www.AntiChristian.ca.

2. We’ve got to get thousands of people to sign our petition to Natalie Belman, to tell her that anti-Christian bigotry is no better than anti-Jewish or anti-Black bigotry. Please click here to sign our petition.

3. And Voices of the Nations has hired a great civil liberties lawyer — our friend John Carpay, from the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms. I spoke with John today about his legal strategy. Click here to watch that video — and to join me in chipping in to his legal defence fund.

I have personally pledged $100 to help cover John’s legal expenses.

Will you help too?

Will you help level the playing field for Voices of the Nations, and help defend their freedom of speech and freedom of religion?

If we roll over, and let the bureaucracy crush this choir, it will confirm in theminds of Toronto politicians and bureaucrats that they can discriminate against Christians with impunity.

But if we win – if we help John fight the good fight, to make arguments about religion freedom and freedom of speech – then we set a different sort of precedent. A precedent for liberty. Literally, a precedent to allow Christians in the town square.

It will be a win for Voices of the Nations. But also for every other Christian in Toronto. And it will be a lesson to Toronto bureaucrats.

And hopefully, that legal precedent would be seen and heard in other Canadian cities, too. That’s how it works – one court ruling at a time.

What do you think? Will you help me, to help John to help the choir?

Thank you again for standing up for Canada.

Sincerely,

Ezra Levant

P.S: Please sign the petition here and forward it to 5 friends — and post the website www.AntiChristian.ca on Facebook.

P.P.S: Please contribute to the legal defence fund here. I’ve already put in the first $100, and together we can help John Carpay give these Christians proper legal representation and make sure they win this for all of us.

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