Over the weekend and through this week, the Freedom Convoy was organized and arrived at Ottawa in protest of the socialist nation’s jab mandate and other restrictive measures. Truckers from all over Canada descend on the capital, amassing support numbering upwards of 10K protesters with spectators lining the highways to support their passage. Their intention to shut down Ottawa and make the city untraversable has succeeded, gridlocking the city while disrupting the North American supply chain. More power to them!
On their semi-censored GoFundMe Page, they have the following statement:
To our Fellow Canadians, the time for political over reach is over. Our current government is implementing rules and mandates that are destroying the foundation of our businesses, industries and livelihoods. Canadians have been integral to the fabric of humanity in many ways that have shaped the planet.
We are a peaceful country that has helped protect nations across the globe from tyrannical governments who oppressed their people, and now it seems it is happening here. We are taking our fight to the doorsteps of our Federal Government and demanding that they cease all mandates against its people. Small businesses are being destroyed, homes are being destroyed, and people are being mistreated and denied fundamental necessities to survive. It’s our duty as Canadians to put an end to this mandates. It is imperative that this happens because if we don’t our country will no longer be the country we have come to love. We are doing this for our future Generations and to regain our lives back.
While they might be too patriotic in respect to Canada as a nation, they have articulated more sustained resistance to the regime and greater willingness to stand against than all other Canadian institutions combined. It is out of duty to both their country and the future generations that they have prepared their Freedom Convoy. When holding their first press conference, they barred CBC and the Toronto Star from attendance due to their misinformation.
Because they represent a threat to the establishment, the various institutions have lashed out at them. GoFundMe has restricted their page, though they have released $1 million (Canadian) to the group in the interim. The media has slandered them, with the Washington Post calling them toxic while the Canadian State CBC labeled fallaciously called them Russian backed.
Unsurprisingly, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has hid from the protesters, citing Covid quarantine protocol. How a triple jabbed individual tests positive for Covid despite having received a 100% safe and effective vaccine is quite the mystery. Comrade Trudeau previously called the protesters a “small fringe minority who are on the way to Ottawa who are holding unacceptable views.” I suppose in Canada, views on freedom and biblical sexual ethic are unacceptable to the regime, but these views could hardly be described as fringe. While the supporters of the Freedom Convoy are a minority within the Canadian electorate, they can still have the impact, as often only a motivated minority is required to effectuate change.
As the effectiveness of the protests remains to be seen, aside from its disruption of the Canadian supply chain and general nuisance in Ottawa, their efforts should be lauded as they stand against tyranny when too many have remained silent, including the churches in Canada. The Canadian Gospel Coalition has no articles on the Freedom Convoy, probably because it goes against the narratives they seek to promote.
The church can and should learn from the Canadian truckers. Everything we purchase, both online and in person was delivered by a truck. They are the lifeblood of a nation’s supply chain. Unlike politicians and policymakers, truckers are average, everyday, blue-collar workers. Unfortunately, they do not always possess the best image to the average person, who might see them as lowly or even dingy, even though it does pay well.
But such was thought to Jesus’ disciples, who were lowly Galilean young men chosen in spite of their lack of education and prominence instead of even the best of Pharisees like Nicodemus. Today’s pastors have largely made a career of ministry equivalent to a white-collar profession. Unlike the small business owner or employee, they could sustain their operations for a season with forgivable PPP loans while the former was forced to raise prices (inflation) and operate under limited capacity, paying full capacity rent. Such comfort has given them a disconnect to the plight of the business owner and blue-collar worker.
Going on two years of lockdowns, the boldest resistance to the oppressive regimes has come not from the church, but from blue-collar, everyday workers. In addition to the Canadian truckers, there is Ian Smith, owner of Atilis Gym, who was sentenced to 1 year of probation for violating New Jersey lockdown orders. Now he is running for congress in the winnable NJ-3 District. There are plenty of business owners willing to suffer for their livelihood, a feat unfortunately absent within most American churches.
Surely the influence and reach of the pastorate is larger than that of the trucker. Truly, had the church collectively resisted lockdowns from the beginning, our nation would be better off, but instead, the light was hidden under a lampshade. All because resistance was too extreme of a position, or the need to be nice (effeminate), or worst of all, they succumbed to the madness. Perhaps having callouses on one’s hands makes them callous towards what the world thinks.
Matthew 5:14-16 declares:
“You are thelight of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone
light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives
light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a
way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in
So when asked whether it would be better to have a group of bible believing pastors or bible believing truckers, my money is on the latter. Let there be more of this to come!