We got a great big convoy

No doubt most of our readers are up to speed on the state of things in Ottawa. But here’s a summary. After weeks of parking their big rigs on Parliament Hill, the Freedom Convoy has been met with police force.  Many protestors were arrested including one of the organizers. Folks on the ground claim that the arrests are a psy-op, citing incidents of handcuffed protestors being released by police just miles out of the city.  

A crazy man apparently with a sickly conscience hacked fundraising sites and doxxed people who donated to the Freedom Convoy. Lists of names soon fell into the hands of journalists, some of whom couldn’t understand why people did not appreciate being asked why they donated and how they feel about their personal information being made public. 

In a mind-boggling move, Prime Minister Trudeau invoked emergency powers for himself including the ability to freeze bank accounts of anyone involved in the convoy or assisting the truckers. After saying his fancy new powers would be “time-limited… reasonable and proportionate to the threats they are meant to address,” PM Trudeau then said he’d like to retain the ability to shut down people’s cash flow forever. (So, why would anyone keep money in a Canadian bank?)

While the whole situation is disturbing and a cause of dismay, it has not been for nothing. A civil liberties group in Canada is launching a lawsuit against the Trudeau administration, and one cryptocurrency company made it clear what Trudeau can do with his emergency powers. In one of the strangest Twitter moments, progressive Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar came out swinging against journalists who harassed donors. Actress Evangeline Lilly made a heartfelt request for the PM to listen to the truckers. Protests are being held in other parts of Canada.

If you haven’t already listened to Pastor Harold Ristau’s account of his time with the convoy, it is well worth a listen. In a wonderful moment of solidarity and hope, Pastor Ristau had the opportunity to lead a group of veterans in prayer while they were guarding a war memorial. 

As Dr Koontz pointed out in last week’s Brief History of Power, peace and predictability in our life times are the exception not the rule, when considering the whole of human history. Yet our God never changes. Daniel praised God when he revealed Nebuchadnezzar’s dream:

“Blessed be the name of God forever and ever,
For wisdom and might are His.
And He changes the times and the seasons;
He removes kings and raises up kings;
He gives wisdom to the wise
And knowledge to those who have understanding.”

So put not your trust in princes! Our God is still on his throne, knowing the end from the beginning. Trust him, whose plans never fail. He will give wisdom to anyone who asks. 

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