Dear Prime Minister Trudeau,
Congratulations on the Liberal Party’s landslide victory in Canada’s 42nd federal election. And I’ve got to be honest: my wife, Emily, and I spent most of the night watching the results come in, and reading commentary on Twitter, more or less dumbfounded. Not because we were entirely surprised by the outcome, but because it was so unprecedented. Never before has a third place party moved to a majority of parliamentary seats in just one election. By this act alone, you’ve earned a place in Canada’s history books.
Mr. Trudeau, you’ve got a big job ahead (but you already know this). Within the next two weeks, you’ll be sworn into office. You’ll have assembled your team and be transitioning control of the machine that is Canada from the Conservative government to your own. And I don’t envy you in this. I don’t look forward to the unpleasant surprises that will spring up along the way. I don’t look forward to the trolling you’ll inevitably face on social media. I especially don’t envy you for the serious toll your new role will take on you personally and on your family.
Listening to your victory speech last night, you told us all that “Conservatives are not our enemies, they are our neighbors.” As one of your conservative (small “c”) neighbors, I am grateful to hear this, because as your neighbor, I want you to know that regardless of my feelings about the outcome of the election, or the policies of your party, I am praying for you:
- I am praying that you will lead wisely.
- I am praying you will lead fairly.
- I am praying you will truly hear the voices of all Canadians, as you have said you want to.
But there is more than that that I am praying for. Though I do not know your religious beliefs, I am also praying that you will know it is God, the maker of heaven and earth and sustainer of all things, who has placed you in your position (Romans 13:1). That you will recognize that you are his servant, to execute justice for every Canadian at every stage of life as his servant in this land. You are accountable to the people of Canada, without question. But you are also accountable to the One from whom your authority flows.
I am also praying that you will begin to see every life as equally valuable. That you will will no longer be so resolutely pro-choice, but begin to see that every human being, from their earliest stage of development to their final breath is made in the image of God and full of dignity and value.
I am praying that every Christian in Canada—every Canadian who believes that Jesus Christ was God incarnate, and came into the world to save us from our sins—will take every opportunity to bless you. That we will speak life into you and your family at every opportunity. We might forget this on occasion, and for that I hope you will forgive us.
Finally, I am praying that, you will someday experience the greatest blessing of all: that you will see your need for Jesus Christ. That you will know that Christ has died for you—for every mistake you’ve ever made, for every error you’ll make in office, for every moment of overconfidence at your successes—and that you will bow your knee to him in faith. You have many long days ahead, and though you are undoubtedly capable of a great deal, you will reach the end of your abilities. When you do, you will find Christ there waiting for you.
May God bless you as you lead this nation,