Canary in the Coal Mine

Blind Spot: What Happened to Canada’s Aboriginal Fathers? was just released this past week as a documentary by CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation). Filmed by Geoff Leo, an elder in the United Reformed Church of Regina, Saskatchewan, the film [trailer below] highlights the massive problem of absentee fathers in the aboriginal community:


“Dead canaries” are found across the West, whether in Sweden, whose younger generation now almost entirely eschews faithful marriage and home life, or in America with its inner city decay, breakdown of the African American family, and Caucasian suburbanites in tow. The heart issues of “fatherlessness” are not just “out there”, they exist within us: willing acceptance of the lie that our ways will bring greater pleasure and satisfaction than God’s, and trying to acquire what God has declared out of bounds, for our good. Lust, complacency, indolence, self-seeking (including idolatries of wealth, prestige, and productivity) rise to follow the lady folly of our culture, with her dazzling media and seductive artistry, choosing what God graciously warns against: “Do not enter the path… avoid it… her house sinks down to death.” (Proverbs 3:14; 2:18).

Thanks be to God, who is “rich in mercy” that He is the one who brings life to the dead, light to those in darkness. Pray for the proclamation of the gospel in Canada, in America, in all places where it is so desperately needed, that in our generation it will be said of many more like us “and such were some of you, but you were washed, your were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” (1 Corinthians 6:11)