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【新聞後記】繼續為加國及香港祈禱

 

不少市民大眾以為,香港的暴力衝突場面,在十一國慶前應可告一段落。可惜事與願違,警員與示威者的暴力衝突,遍地開花,分佈港九新界各處,暴力程度也愈見血腥。行政長官林鄭月娥十月初,更率領全體司局長召開記者會,交代頒布《禁蒙面法》的詳情。特首會同行政會議,通過引用《緊急法》訂立《禁蒙面法》,違例人士最高判處罰款 2.5 萬港元及監禁1年。

此舉無疑對某些人來說是火上加油,多區形勢急轉直下,大批市民擔心安全,有提早下班,導致道路嚴重擠塞,港鐵站逼滿人潮,更有不少人趕至超市掃貨,麵包、肉類等都被搶購一空。多所中小學亦提早放學,城大及浸大亦宣佈即時停課。街頭衝突場面始起彼落,港鐵入閘機及售票機遭惡意破壞;並發生有警員向 18 歲青年近距離開槍,局勢一發不可收拾。

但有評論呼籲示威人士冷靜,不要中政客的詭計,戰場已不需要在街頭上,指他們的意圖是激發民意,令局勢升級社會混亂而有藉口取消十一月舉行的區議會選舉,若民心傾向其他政黨,民建聯及工聯會等保皇黨預計會大敗,最重要是區議會有一百多票選舉委員會的議席,加上明年 6 月立法會選舉,有些人猜測泛民可能藉此機會捲土重來,屆時港府議案再不能於功能組別中輕易過關,影響更為深遠。

加國新任聯邦政府登場

提及選舉和議席,鏡頭轉回我們身處的加拿大。文章刊出之時,聯邦大選已塵埃落定,新一屆政府經已誕生。根據多項民意調查結果,聯邦自由黨和保守黨勢均力敵,彼此民望徘徊在35﹪上下,如無意外,新政府極有可能是少數政府,至於最終是聯邦自由黨還是保守黨掌政,則視乎選民最後的決定。


不論那黨執政,從今次競選期間的多項競選活動及民意走向,發覺與過往一般大選有些不同之處,大眾及執政者不容忽視。

1) 制定及落實完整環保及減排政策:今屆大選,除經濟民生等政綱外,各政黨均同意環保及減排是重點議題,只是各黨有自己一套的應對方法,由碳交易、碳稅,到鼓勵企業發展綠色工業等。但共通點是刻不容緩,再不能像過往般不予重視或採取拖延手段。加上全球各地,包括加拿大全國不同城市,有數以萬計的人響應瑞典環保少女通貝里的呼籲,參加集會表達他們對全球氣候暖化的關注。單在滿地可,估計便有 50 萬人參與遊行集會,喚醒大眾重視環保。也敦促政府決策者採取實質行動,正視氣候暖化問題。

2) 更著重年輕人訴求:加拿大選舉處的數據指出,2015 年聯邦大選中,18 至 24 歲的年輕選民投票的比率高達 57%,比 2011 年對上一屆的 39% 急升了 18 個百分點。當局估計,在今年的聯邦大選中,佔三分二的合資格選民屬於千禧及 X 世代人士。所謂千禧代,是指由 1980  至 2000 年出生的人士,而X世代則是上個世紀 60 年代初至 1980 年出生的國民。有見及此,各黨均制定出不少吸納年輕選票的政綱,包括減免大學學費及學生貸款,為首次置業人士提供更多優惠政策等。而聯邦自由黨黨領杜魯多亦私下接見 16 歲瑞典環保少女通貝里爭取支持,但被她批評本國在對抗氣候變化方面做得不夠好,杜魯多在年輕選民中的支持率一度由近 35% 急跌至 24%,可見年輕選民的強大影響力。

華裔投票率可望提升

3) 華裔投票率:華裔投票率過往一直偏低,參政熱情亦不足,直接影響華裔社區在議會的聲音。上月大多倫多地區 4 大華社機構的 6 名領導人,分別是頤康基金會主席王裕佳醫生及總裁蕭顯揚、孟嘗基金會主席關永添、大多倫多中華文化中心主席張怡專博士、加拿大中國專業人士協會會長肖楚強以及執行總監時安迪,罕有聯手呼籲華裔選民在本屆聯邦大選中踴躍投票,因為「每一張選票都代表我們的聲音」。如果華裔投票率能有所提升,將有助增加華社的影響力。


不論新一屆聯邦政府,還是動盪不安的香港,均需要我們繼續迫切代禱,願兩地的人民得享平安、公義及一顆像主耶穌基督包容寬恕的心。「我們爭戰的兵器,本不是屬血氣的,乃是在神面前有能力,可以攻破堅固的營壘,將各樣的計謀,各樣攔阻人認識神的那些自高之事一概攻破了,又將人所有的心意奪回,使他都順服基督。」(林後10:4-5)

 

喜樂 Joy

喜樂的心乃是良藥;憂傷的靈使骨枯乾。箴言 17:22
A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. Proverbs 17:22

然而,我要因耶和華歡欣,因救我的 神喜樂。哈巴谷書 3:18
yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior. Habakkuk 3:18

要常常喜樂,不住的禱告,凡事謝恩。帖撒羅尼迦前書 5:16-17
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-17

饒恕 Forgiveness

主啊,你本為良善,樂意饒恕人,有豐盛的慈愛賜給凡求告你的人。詩篇 86:5
You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you. Psalm 86:5

你不要說:“我要以惡報惡”;要等候耶和華,他必拯救你。箴言 20:22
Do not say, “I’ll pay you back for this wrong!” Wait for the LORD, and he will avenge you. Proverbs 6:14

你們饒恕人的過犯,你們的天父也必饒恕你們的過犯;馬太福音 6:14
For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. Matthew 6:14

你們不饒恕人的過犯,你們的天父也必不饒恕你們的過犯。馬太福音 6:15
But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. Matthew 6:15

你們各人若不從心裡饒恕你的弟兄,我天父也要這樣待你們了。馬太福音 18:35
This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart. Matthew 18:35

謙卑 Humility

敬畏耶和華是智慧的訓誨;尊榮以前,必有謙卑。箴言 15:33
Wisdom’s instruction is to fear the LORD, and humility comes before honor. Proverbs 15:33

敬畏耶和華心存謙卑,就得富有、尊榮、生命為賞賜。箴言 22:4
Humility is the fear of the LORD; its wages are riches and honor and life. Proverbs 22:4

凡事不可結黨,不可貪圖虛浮的榮耀;只要存心謙卑,各人看別人比自己強。腓立比書 2:3
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves. Philippians 2:3

但他賜更多的恩典,所以經上說:神阻擋驕傲的人,賜恩給謙卑的人。雅各書 4:6
But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:“God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” James 4:6

驕傲 Pride

驕傲來,羞恥也來;謙遜人卻有智慧。箴言 11:2
When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom. Proverbs 11:2

驕傲只啟爭競;聽勸言的,卻有智慧。箴言 13:10
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves. Proverbs 13:10

驕傲在敗壞以先;狂心在跌倒之前。箴言 16:18
Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. Proverbs 16:18

但他賜更多的恩典,所以經上說:神阻擋驕傲的人,賜恩給謙卑的人。雅各書 4:6
But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:“God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” James 4:6

忍耐 Patience

愚妄人怒氣全發;智慧人忍氣含怒。箴言 29:11
Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end. Proverbs 29:11

並且你們要為我的名,被眾人恨惡,惟有忍耐到底的,必然得救。馬可福音 13:13
Everyone will hate you because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. Mark 13:13

不但如此,就是在患難中也是歡歡喜喜的。因為知道患難生忍耐。羅馬書 5:3
Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance. Romans 5:3

我們行善,不可喪志;若不灰心,到了時候就要收成加拉太書 6:9
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9

你們也當忍耐,堅固你們的心,因為主來的日子近了。雅各書 5:8
You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near. James 5:8

溫柔 Meekness

回答柔和,使怒消退;言語暴戾,觸動怒氣。箴言 15:1
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. Proverbs 15:1

溫柔的人有福了,因為他們必承受地土。馬太福音 5:5
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Matthew 5:5

用溫柔勸戒那抵擋的人;或者 神給他們悔改的心,可以明白真道。提摩太後書 2:25
Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth. 2 Timothy 2:25

只要以裡面存著長久溫柔、安靜的心為妝飾;這在 神面前是極寶貴的。彼得前書 3:4
Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. 1 Peter 3:4

嫉妒 Envy

不要為作惡的心懷不平,也不要向那行不義的生出嫉妒。詩篇 37:1
Do not fret because of those who are evil or be envious of those who do wrong. Psalm 37:1

心中安靜是肉體的生命;嫉妒是骨中的朽爛。箴言 14:30
A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones. Proverbs 14:30

在何處有嫉妒、紛爭,就在何處有擾亂和各樣的壞事。雅各書 3:16
For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. James 3:16

生氣 Anger

當止住怒氣,離棄忿怒;不要心懷不平,以致作惡。詩篇 37:8
Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil. Psalm 37:8

好生氣的人,不可與他結交;暴怒的人,不可與他來往。箴言 22:24
Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person, do not associate with one easily angered. Proverbs 22:24

愚妄人怒氣全發;智慧人忍氣含怒。箴言 29:11
Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end. Proverbs 29:11

生氣卻不要犯罪.不可含怒到日落。以弗所書 4:26
In your anger do not sin: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry. Ephesians 4:26

我親愛的弟兄們,這是你們所知道的,但你們各人要快快的聽,慢慢的說,慢慢的動怒,因為人的怒氣並不成就 神的義。雅各書 1:19,20
My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. James 1:19,20

災難 Calamity

謹守口與舌的、就保守自己免受災難。箴言 21:23
Those who guard their mouths and their tongues keep themselves from calamity. Proverbs 21:23

民要攻打民、國要攻打國、多處必有地震、饑荒.這都是災難的起頭。馬可福音 13:8
Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines. These are the beginning of birth pains. Mark 13:8

憂愁 Worry

你們不要憂愁、因靠耶和華而得的喜樂是你們的力量。尼希米記 8:10
Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength. Nehemiah 8:10

主雖使人憂愁, 還要照他諸般的慈愛發憐憫。耶利米哀歌 3:32
Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love. Lamentations 3:32

凡勞苦擔重擔的人,可以到我這裡來,我就使你們得安息。馬太福音 11:28
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28

我留下平安給你們、我將我的平安賜給你們.我所賜的、不像世人所賜的.你們心裏不要憂愁、也不要膽怯。約翰福音 14:27
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27

應當一無掛慮,只要凡事藉著禱告、祈求和感謝,將你們所要的告訴神。神所賜出人意外的平安,必在基督耶穌裡,保守你們的心懷意念。腓立比書 4:6,7
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6,7

因此, 你們是大有喜樂, 但如今, 在百般的試煉中暫時憂愁。彼得前書 1:6
In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 1 Peter 1:6

患難 Trouble, Suffering

義人多有苦難,但耶和華救他脫離這一切。詩篇 34:19
The righteous person may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all. Psalm 34:19

神是我們的避難所,是我們的力量,是我們在患難中隨時的幫助!詩篇 46:1
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1

耶和華本為善,在患難的日子為人的保障,並且認得那些投靠他的人。那鴻書 1:7
The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him. Nahum 1:7

為義受逼迫的人有福了,因為天國是他們的。馬太福音 5:10
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:10

不但如此,就是在患難中,也是歡歡喜喜的。因為知道患難生忍耐。羅馬書 5:3
Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; Romans 5:3

我想現在的苦楚,若比將來要顯於我們的榮耀,就不足介意了。羅馬書 8:18
I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. Romans 8:18

因為你們蒙恩,不但得以信服基督,並要為他受苦。腓立比書 1:29
For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him. Philippians 1:29

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