HOME – That’s the word that describes Canada for me. I was born here. My parents emigrated from Barbados, choosing Canada. I know no other home, am not drawn to the attractions of any other nation, and also choose Canada as home in my heart and in life.
To better understand my home, the nation into which I have been grafted, I have studied and continue to study its history; a heritage of British, French and Indigenous peoples, that has also had many other nationalities and cultures added to the mix.
The decision to accept Jesus into my life while in law school – another grafting, like “a wild olive shoot” grafted into the “nourishing root of the olive tree” (Romans 11:17) – draws alongside my Canadian heritage and fuels my interest in the important contribution made and being made by religion, particularly Christianity, in the building of the nation.
Canada, to me, it’s home.
Don Hutchinson is the author of Under Siege: Religious Freedom and the Church in Canada at 150 (1867-2017).
Writing from the perspective of a student of life, history, law, politics, and theology, Don Hutchinson draws on all of these areas in Under Siege to offer perceptive insight into the Christian Church of today’s Canada. You can purchase Under Siege here.