Church Matters Podcast:
Episode 40: Treaties, Covenants and Promises: Where is the Conscience of the Church? - Part 1 of 2
Guest: Adrian Jacobs
“They should get over it already… stop living in the past and start living into the future.” These are words frequently uttered by non-Aboriginal, mainstream civilians in Canada. Is the church equally insensitive and ambivalent to a people who have experienced forced displacement and the resulting family breakdown, addictions, and high rates of suicide?
Mainstream, non-Aboriginal society in Canada can be, generally speaking, ambivalent about its responsibilities in keeping the promises made to First Nations peoples when Europeans began arriving in centuries past. Many people today feel they have no obligation to be held accountable for historical promises that have left an indelible imprint on an entire culture. Yet, governments continue to make commitments that are inherited by subsequent generations. Recent examples are the North American Free Trade agreement, developed by a previous government, or the pledges of the G8 nations toward the Millennium Development Goals. In this sense, every Canadian has inherited a Treaty and becomes a Treaty person. But more importantly, what must the church do in good conscience, to redeem itself in light of the failed promises made to Aboriginal people through historical treaties too numerous to name? What is a biblical perspective on covenant and promise?
Adrian Jacobs is a Cayuga and member of the Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy from the Six Nations reserve in southern Ontario. Adrian is an author, has been a church planter on his home reserve, a director for Native ministries with the Wesleyan church, founding member of the Indigenous Christian Alliance, and more recently on the ministry staff of My People International. Tune in to this Church Matters podcast for a holistic, scripturally based view on a churchly response to keeping promises.
Part One of Two episodes.
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