“Thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.”
Pastor Gilbert and those with him in front-line, inner city/north end ministries have just about seen it all. Every day they encounter people with tragic, even nightmarish, personal histories. Many, if not most, of these people are addicted to one form of mind-altering substance or another. They are often homeless and virtually helpless. More often than not, these people are of First Nations ancestry. While it is true that First Nations / European relations have a complicated history—a history involving terrible things like treachery, broken promises and even outright cruelty—the social-political Left’s re-imagining of this history simply does not “map onto” reality. On this re-imagined history, North America was a thriving virtual Garden of Eden before the arrival of the first Europeans, who subsequently and systematically subjugated and victimized these people. In reality, at first contact, this land had only 300,000 – 500,000 inhabitants. Even before European contact there were, as in cultures around the world and throughout history, wars between tribal groups, which involved slavery and even outright cruelty. Like all peoples everywhere, they too are descendants of Adam (Acts 17:26) and therefore have sin natures (Job 14:4; Psalm 51:5; Romans 5:19). Nevertheless, for the first 300 years after first contact, First Nations peoples and Europeans had a largely thriving, respectful, business relationship that benefited both sides. What happened? Sin happened. First, false religion attempted to convert these people through pressure and manipulation and by erasing their entire culture and history. This is totally unbiblical. When Paul founded churches throughout Asia-Minor, he at no time attempted to turn Gentiles into Jews. In fact, he rebuked Peter sharply for gesturing in this direction (Galatians 2:14). Secondly, the poisonous evolution story caused people to view others as less human than themselves. First Nations peoples were considered by many Europeans as savage and less evolved than they. Sadly, commitment to this pagan nature myth has been the root cause of most of the genocidal racism of the 20th century. Lastly, wicked and self-serving big government has victimized our First Nations peoples in a myriad of ways. They promote and incentivize our First Nations peoples into maintaining a victim-hood mentality, coercing them to stay dependent on the government for their sustenance rather than promote innovation, industry, and financial self-sufficiency among them. The cure for all of this dangerous, errant thinking is to read, believe, and give application to the biblical account of man and his place in the world. Our differences are in fact small, our similarities are great, and our shared value in the eyes of God is beyond comprehension (1 John 4:10-19).