Tim Dickau,senior pastor at Grandview Calvary Baptist Church in east Vancouver,has been among the most vocal within our Canadian Baptist denomination about raising social justice concerns around the Olympics,so we would like to share some of his thoughts.
Grandview Calvary is one of the churches at the forefront of efforts in Vancouver to provide immediate relief for our neighbours in need and to seek long term justice on their behalf.
"The concern we have is that the amount of spending on a 2-week event could have been better used,"says Tim
"For example,they are spending $1 billion in security alone - for a 2-week event.
"It shows people have the desire to do something,but I wonder whether the effort can be sustained,"questions Tim
"Why is it we are so eager to open our homes to the wealthy who can afford to come here and buy tickets when we won't even consider opening our homes and churches to the poor who are living right next to us?"
As the fervour and excitement of the Olympics fade away,how can Canadian Baptists - in Vancouver and across Western Canada - sustain their social justice efforts?
According to Tim
,we need to work at four levels: