In this world, we Christians don’t have to look for trouble; it will find us.  There is always someone with a point to prove or a ‘right’ to defend even though it means steam rolling other points of view and the right of others to live their deeply held beliefs.

Lorna Dueck’s article in the Globe and Mail is a good example of this.  She writes;

Canada’s next chapter on going godless is gearing up for a nasty fight. It’s a David versus Goliath match over a proposed law school. For now, “David” is Trinity Western University, a Christian school funded solely by donations and unsubsidized tuition fees of its 4,000 students. . . .

Enter Goliath: Law societies in Ontario, Nova Scotia, and the civil rights lawyer, Clayton Ruby are in court battles to shut the school down as discriminatory. The five-page belief and behavioral covenant at TWU aspires to have students limit sexual activity to the Biblical definition of marriage; “between a man and a woman.” Mr. Ruby approached B.C.’s gay community and found a plaintiff, Mr. Trevor Loke. “Mr. Loke had never heard of TWU, but when he heard there was a law school that was off limits to him in any meaningful way, that was an anathema, it was hateful,” Mr. Ruby told a Context TV debate.

LORNA DUECK, Trinity Western affair a trial of Canadian civility and tolerance, Special to The Globe and Mai, Published Thursday, Dec. 11 2014

It is interesting that no one came to Mr. Ruby looking for him to help them defend their rights because they were rebuffed by Trinity Western University.  It appears that Mr. Ruby had to go looking for someone to ‘pick a fight’ with TWU.  And he found such a person in Mr. Loke  who up until then had never heard of TWU or presumably wanted to study there.

In Mr. Loke’s petition to the Supreme Court of British Columbia, his claim states; “The Petitioner Trevor James Loke is gay and Christian.  He wants to attend law school in British Columbia and become a member of the legal profession.”  But until Mr Ruby approached Trevor Loke and put TWU in his sights, TWU and its policy was never an impediment to Mr. Loke’s ambitions – Indeed there are other law schools that he could apply to.  Mr. Loke and Mr. Ruby decided to make TWU their problem.

Further into Mr. Loke’s petition, under the heading ‘PART II FACTUAL BASIS’ another statement is made; “The Petitioner, Trevor Loke, is 25.  He resides in Vancouver. He is openly gay and openly Christian.”

I was very interested in how Mr. Loke might express himself as  ‘openly Christian’.  I checked out his Facebook page.  He doesn’t identify himself as a Christian.  Nor is there any evidence in his timeline that he is ‘openly Christian’.  Indeed his Season’s greetings in 2012 is hardly what I would consider ‘openly Christloke-holiday greetingstian’.

Elsewhere he describes himself as;

I’m indisputably the world’s pickiest vegetarian. My ridiculously buff body (probably all the veggies…) makes me a perfect fit as goaltender with The Cutting Edges Hockey Club, Vancouver’s gay hockey team. I’m a regular 23-year-old who happens to be a  Park Board Commissioner and founder ofWeeve.

Who is your role model?
Hillary (you know which one). In my personal life, my Grandpa was a huge role model of mine and even though he’s been gone for 14 years, I always remember how he taught me the lessons of humility, kindness and grace when I was a wee lad.

8 QUESTIONS AND 2 IMPERATIVES FOR TREVOR LOKE, http://nixey.ca/blog/8-questions-and-2-imperatives-for-trevor-loke/

No mention of his belief or commitment to Christianity is found in this public and open forum.

Indeed in an inverview with David P. Ball, Mr Loke confides;

“God, I don’t really like to talk about it very much!” Trevor Loke admits when asked about his Christian faith. “It’s so weird that it’s now coming up, as it’s such a very personal thing for me.”

Now, because of a lawsuit he launched yesterday against the province, Vancouver’s youngest-ever Park Board commissioner finds both his religion and sexuality in the spotlight. Loke is taking on the Ministry of Advanced Education’s recent approval of a new law school at the evangelical, privately-operated Trinity Western University in Langley, B.C.

At issue for Loke and his pro bono attorneys — civil liberties lawyer Clayton Ruby and the Vancouver-based Janes Freedman Kyle Law Corp. — is a clause in the Christian university’s five-page “community covenant,”which all students and faculty agree to follow.

(‘I’m Not Welcome at School Because of Who I Am’, Meet the young Christian suing BC for approving a law school he says discriminates against gay people. By David P. Ball, 16 Apr 2014, TheTyee.ca)

It is very difficult to reconcile Mr. Loke’s statement of being ‘openly Christian’ to the Supreme Court of British Columbia with his statements about himself in the other  forums cited above.  Perhaps Mr. Loke could clear up the confusion.  What does being ‘openly Christian’ mean to Trevor Loke?

All this brings to mind the very pointed question; ‘If Christianity were a crime would there be enough evidence to convict you.’  In my personal opinion, Trevor Loke would be safe from any sort of prosecution on those grounds.

One thing all can agree on – Mr Loke, Mr Ruby and TWU – is that being ‘openly Christian’ can bring trouble to your door step.

Trinity Western University and all of ‘us Christians’ can hang on to the hope and blessing of Jesus;

Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.  (Matthew 5:10-12)

As Mr. Loke might know, to those that are ‘openly Christian’,  Jesus gives the assurance; “In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”  (John 16:33)

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