Just thoughts…

I was thinking about this today…I’m surprised how many Canadians (and basically every living American) doesn’t know that the Canadian National Anthem has multiple verses (and was originally a hymn).  Here they are:

O Canada!
Our home and native land!
True patriot love in all thy sons command.
With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
The true North strong and free!
From far and wide, O Canada,
We stand on guard for thee.
God keep our land glorious and free!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

O Canada!
Where pines and maples grow,
Great prairies spread
And lordly rivers flow,
How dear to us thy broad domain,
From East to Western Sea,
Thou land of hope, for all who toil!
Thou True North strong and free!
God keep our land glorious and free!
O Canada! We stand on guard for thee!
O Canada! We stand on guard for thee!

O Canada!
Beneath thy shining skies
May stalwart sons
And gentle maidens rise,
To keep thee steadfast through the years
From East to Western Sea,
Our own beloved native land!
Our True North strong and free!
God keep our land glorious and free!
O Canada! We stand on guard for thee!
O Canada! We stand on guard for thee!

Ruler Supreme, who hearest humble prayer,
Hold our Dominion in Thy loving care.
Help us to find, O God, in Thee
A lasting, rich reward,
As waiting for the Better Day
We ever stand on guard.
God keep our land glorious and free!
O Canada! We stand on guard for thee!
O Canada! We stand on guard for thee!

***

The fourth verse is the one I was thinking about.   Honestly:

Do Canadians believe that God hears prayer?

Do Canadians believe that God holds the Dominion in his sovereign hand?

Do Canadians seek to find their lasting and rich reward in God?

Do Canadians await the resurrection and final state?

Do Canadians ask God to keep Canada both glorious and free?

Can we even sing our own national anthem anymore?  I wonder when we’ll finally have to change our national anthem because it’s too religious… Oh wait.  It already is.

It’s “exclusionary” of people of other nationalities to even display our flag anymore, but that’s understandable.  Who likes patriotism in Canada that isn’t associated with beer?  Get real.

BUT some people have problems singing the anthem because it makes then feel “excluded” and “unwelcome”…though we can’t talk about why.  Well, it’s obvious why; the anthem is too religious for some.  But then again, if we force some immigrant children to sing our “shoving-God-down-your-throat” national anthem, they might get killed by their own parents for disobeying their religion; it’s happened before (not the anthem, but disobeying their religion and getting murdered for it…in Canada).  Well, at least some of them find a culturally acceptable outlet for their violence!

Wondering aloud and now heading for a nap…

Until Next Time,

Lyndon “The Armchair Theologian” Unger

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