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香港行政長官林鄭月娥 9 月初發表電視講話,宣佈實施四項行動,包括正式撤回《逃犯條例》修訂,但拒絶成立「獨立調查委員會」,認為必須按照現時的機制處理針對警員在示威浪潮的投訴。不少市民認為林鄭終於表態是好事,至少行出了第一步,釋出了善意,期望持續近 3 個月的暴力衝突及街頭抗爭可望平息。不過,亦有分析認同年輕人的回應:「Too Little, Too Late」(太少及太遲)。香港中文大學政治與行政學系副教授馬嶽接受 BBC 中文訪問時指出,如果林鄭月娥在 6 月爆發大規模遊行時就撤回修訂建議,整場抗議運動不會發展到現時階段,認為現在的焦點已經轉移到警員暴力方面,警員被指過份使用武力毆打市民和示威者已經造成很大民憤及撕裂,現在才說撤回比沒有好,但相信實際上對平息民憤的作用不大。

的確,年輕人的街頭抗爭,並未如預期般在暑假結束後減退。相反,不少中學生自發以手拖手在校舍外築成人鏈顯示團結,促請特區政府回應「五大訴求」。另一方面,被形容為「暴徒」、「曱甴」的示威者,與被形容為「黑警」的警員,暴力衝突場面越發激烈,受傷及血腥場面亦比比皆是。市民大眾最不希望出現的,是局面進一步惡化,出現年輕示威者高呼的「攬炒」情況。此種玉石俱焚,兩敗俱傷的策略,將嚴重損害香港的經濟金融地位,令這東方之珠元氣大傷。

示威者「五大訴求,缺一不可」的要求中,其中一項是落實「雙普選」。多年來,香港人一直爭取、一直渴求,正正是一人一票普選行政長官。很可惜,華人移民加拿大取得公民資格後,卻未有好好運用手上的選票, 令投票率一直偏低,白白浪費了本國以選票發聲的完善民主體制。

聯邦大選本月 21 日舉行

新一屆聯邦大選將於本月 21 日舉行。至截稿爲止,多項民意調查均顯示,由杜魯多帶領的聯邦自由黨及由希爾(Andrew Scheer)領導的保守黨實力接近,極有機會選出一個少數政府。9 月初的民意調查結果,保守黨的支持率是 34%,自由黨是 33.3%,新民主黨是 12.8%。但若從贏取議席計箅,自由黨卻得到優勢,可以在 338 個議席中勝出 163 席、保守黨有 142 席、魁人政團黨有 15 席、新民主黨有 14 席、綠黨有4席。執政自由黨有望組成少數政府。

另一項民調發現,四成四受訪者認為是時候出現政黨輪替,三成九認為無需要,一成八表示未有決定。以地域劃分,海洋省份過半數人認為無需要換政府,認為有需要的在安省有四成四,草原省份就佔最多接近六成。至於在議題方面,兩成七人認為環境和氣候變化政策是最影響投票意向。其次是經濟和操守。只有接近百分之四人士認為黨魁和政黨是最重要。

值得關注的是,根據上屆聯邦大選數據,18 至 24 歲的年輕選民參與投票的比率高達 57%,比 2011 年對上一屆的 39% 急升了 18 個百分點,也是選舉處自開始有人口統計學數據以來,在各個年齡組別中錄得的最大升幅,因此各黨派將制定更多迎合年輕人的政崗。華裔方面,過往一般較關注經濟政策,但由於孟晚舟事件及華為 5G 未來在本國的發展,兩大黨在加中及加美的外交立場,相信會直接影響選情。另外,由於很大機會出現少數政府,新民主黨、綠黨和魁人政團黨均有可能成為被拉攏對象,三黨的意向將發揮舉足輕重、改變大局的關鍵作用。

珍惜一人一票 以選票發聲

不論執政聯邦自由黨是否要為大麻合法化、SNC-Lavalin 誠信事件、以及倒退的加中關係負上責任,還是憂慮聯邦保守黨上場可能像安省保守黨一樣大幅削支,作為選民,最重要是先花點時間瞭解各黨的政崗,之後在 10 月 21 日投下神聖一票,以實際行動提升華裔社區的投票率,向各黨顯示華人並非沉默的一群,同樣會以選票發聲,務求日後各黨在制定政策時,不會輕易忽視華社的聲音。我們也要繼續爲香港局勢及聯邦大選祈禱,祝願香港在位的有智慧、能力及愛心化解今次由反送中修例引發的持續示威衝突局面,民間的撕裂情緒早日修復;祈求慈悲的天父為加拿大選出合乎神心意的領導者,未來4年帶領國民走合乎神心意的道路。「在上有權柄的,人人當順服他,因為沒有權柄不是出於神的,凡掌權的都是神所命的 。」(羅13:1)

 

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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