Yesterday was a bit of a rough day. After spending ten hours canvassing supporters to request them to vote (most of them did), the candidate I was supporting did not get elected. I do not agree with many of Justin Trudeau's stands on certain important issues, but he is now going to be prime minister. As a nurse and mental health advocate, I disagree with his stand on marijuana, which I think is now potent enough to be dangerous to teens' and youth adults' mental health. As a Christian who values life, I am disappointed by his stand on the issues of abortion and euthanasia, and his silencing of those members in his party who disagree with his position. As a citizen, I am puzzled by his flip-flopping on certain issues, and I hope he is, in fact, more substantial than he at first appears. I am concerned we may no longer be such strong allies with Israel, which I personally feel is important.
However we have prayed over this election and the candidates, and I have to believe this is God's answer. For whatever reason God has in mind, Trudeau is now at the helm and I will pray for him to have wisdom and understanding beyond his years and experience. He will guide this country for the next four years, spending billions of dollars to advance his chosen causes, much like Obama did for his country. Let us hope it will not result in the same amount of debt as the United States now faces.
After such a tough night, it was good to attend Bible study this morning and to be reminded about the rest of God. Historically Christians have shined brightest when under threat and from the sidelines of power. We now have a challenge to keep on showing the love of Christ even in our country's darkest moments and in uncertain times, when Christian values are being rejected by our culture. Let us continue to value our seniors and those who are vulnerable. Let us continue to pray for our persecuted brothers and sisters in other countries. Let us keep on fighting for those who have no voice! This is the time to rise from our complacency and realize our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the powers and principalities in this dark world. We have a light that will illuminate the darkest night and guide our feet into the paths of peace. This light will never be extinguished!