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Recently, a new story broke about how a group called Voice of the Nations wanted to host a Christian concert at Yonge-Dundas Square and have for  the last several years, but now were banned for doing so because they were proselytizing. Apparently, the manager was recorded saying that VON’s songs which made statements like “Either way, if you’re praising Jesus or praising the lord, and there’s no God like Jehova, that type of thing, that’s proselytizing.” (To be fair, I haven’t heard the entire clip, so this statement may not completely represent what the manager was getting at. Apparently, one of the participants has been involved before in preaching for conversions at such an event.)

The notion of proselytizing is interesting. Merriam-Webster defines “proselytize” as “to induce someone to convert to one’s faith; to recruit someone to join one’s party, institution, or cause“. Oxford Dictionary defines it as “Convert or attempt to convert (someone) from one religion, belief, or opinion to another“. We typically associate proselytizing to religious beliefs. However, based on these definitions, it’s not limited to religious beliefs; it’s towards an opinion or cause of another. (You could make the argument that advertising is essentially a form of proselytizing.)

Some may challenge that there’s a different between education or awareness or proselytism. However, rarely is information given without some kind call to action. e.g. The entire petitioning system like change.org is meant to not just relay information, but to provoke some kind of change towards an “opinion or cause”.

It’s one thing when a person is forced towards an opinion/belief/cause (which is a common perception of what proselytism is considered). The fact is, we’re always being challenged to change our opinion towards one opinion / belief / cause through conversations, advertising and other forms of media. Every person has the right to accept it or not on their own volition, not another.

Father-Kid dance

This morning, I heard a mother say to her kid many parents have said (I’ve said it to my own kids): Hurry up or I”m going to be late for work.  Chances are, we as parents would say that we value our kids almost more than anything, probably more than work.  At the same time, with those very words, we tend to suggest that work is actually more valuable than our kids.  I’ve wondered why that is (and there are probably several reasons).  But this was my line of thinking:

  • To show up to work late with the excuse “my kids made me late”, while true, seems to suggest that we can’t even manage/control our own kids.
  • If we can’t control our own kids, then how are we supposed to manage/control “bigger” responsibilities i.e. at work (which leads to possible career advancements, feelings of significance and a whole bunch of other identity issues).

Perhaps we feel embarrassed by the fact that our own kids won’t listen to us sometimes, that they actually do speak their own minds.  It’s not to say they’re allowed to go uncontrolled and do whatever they feel like.  But the fact is, parenting (at least from my limited experience) is not all cause-and-effect.  Contrary to some beliefs, it’s not “do A and your kids will automatically become B”.  Only by the grace of God and the willingness of my kids will parenting be successful.  It takes two to dance this tango.  It’s my prayer that my kids will want to continue the father-kid dance with me for years to come.

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