I knew it was going to happen. I just didn't expect that it would happen today. As you probably know by now, Carole James has resigned as leader of the NDP. After the emergency Caucus meeting scheduled for Sunday afternoon was cancelled, I thought that perhaps things were settling down, cooler heads were prevailing and a truce was in the works. That was apparently not the case.
I've met Ms. James. For a time she was my MLA. When we first moved to Victoria, she would walk past my house on the way to her office. She is a very nice person. Some would say that she was too nice for politics. I'm not sure if I agree. I think we need good and decent people to serve as leaders in our province.
This might not be the first time in the history of our province that both major political parties are searching for a new leader, but it's certainly the first time in a long time. Who would have guessed 6 months ago that the Premier and the Leader of the Opposition would both resign as leader of their respective party before year end and within weeks of each other?
Generally speaking we crave structure and order. We want (and need) systems and processes to keep our society, government, culture and lives running smoothly. For the most part, God is inclined towards order and structure too. The planets stay on their orbital paths. The ocean remains within the limits He has given it. Apples, as Sir Isaac Newton noted, fall down from trees because of the law of gravity.
Given that God has established unchangeable, unalterable order and patterns, we might be led to conclude that He is most comfortable in that kind of environment. Nothing could be further from the truth. I'm convinced that God is prone to use chaos, vacuums, and 'unorthodox' approaches to accomplish His amazing plans and purposes. There was nothing orthodox about a virgin bringing forth a son but it was part of His perfect plan.
As I stated earlier, we find ourselves at a remarkable moment in BC history. Could it be that God is in a reorganizing process on behalf of our province? Could it be that in His divine wisdom, He is working something out in the lives of two leaders who have just stepped down and in the process of preparing others to take their place? I think this is EXACTLY what is taking place. He removes and raises leaders as He sees fit. Removal is not necessarily judgement and raising is not necessarily endorsement. It's more a matter of God putting the appropriate person in place for the specific time and season that their gifts were required to accomplish HIS plans and purposes.
The next few months promise to be very interesting on the political scene. I'll keep you posted. Keep on praying!
Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, for wisdom and might are His. And He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding. He reveals deep and secret things; He knows what is in the darkness, and light dwells with Him. I thank You and praise You, O God of my fathers; You have given me wisdom and might, and have now made known to me what we asked of You, for You have made known to us the king’s demand. (Daniel 2:20-23, NKJV)