November 6, 2015
What might we expect from the openly professed Christian faith of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau? In his recently released memoir, Common Ground, our new Prime Minister wrote that the tragic death of his brother Michale, prompted him to "welcome God's presence into my life" and to "reaffirm the core of the Christian beliefs I retain to this day."
“'When Miche died, I had a friend who said to me, ‘Come with me to this Alpha course.’ I said sure. I was schooled by Jesuits to a certain extent and my father certainly was Jesuitical in his thinking. So I’m always up for a great theological conversation and debate. The Alpha course – the message there was: Don’t feel you have to do it all alone. Put your trust in God every now and then. Be comfortable about saying I need help. And recognize that. It came at exactly the right time. Trusting in God’s plan. For someone as rational and scientific and logical and rigorous as I am to accept the unknowable and to re-anchor myself in faith was really, really important to me. And ended up being of solace at a very difficult time. Since that moment, I still consider myself and have re-found myself of a deep faith and belief in God. But obviously very aware of the separation of church and state in my political thinking,” said Mr. Trudeau in his October 2014 interview with the Ottawa Citizen.
My friend Shaila Visser, the CEO of Alpha Canada is steadfast by her rule that she will not comment on any person’s experience with the free of charge course, but she did describe the content the Prime Minister would have covered during it’s 12 weeks;
“The course always starts with the opening night of ‘is there more to life than this?’ Then they would explore who is Jesus, why did Jesus die, why and how do I pray, and what about faith? The course then explores Does God heal today? Can I resist evil? Why and how should I read the Bible? Then we study who is the Holy Spirit, which looks at the supernatural component of God, all of these topics are covered week to week to give people an honest look at the experience of God to know if they want to pursue a relationship with God,” said Shaila.
As for the public interest in having had a Prime Minister take the course?
“We are delighted that anyone in Canada can attend an Alpha course to explore the meaning of life. Over 650,000 Canadians have taken the Alpha course and over 27 million worldwide – the Prime Minister is just one of those guests and we are so pleased to hear he had a good experience,” said Shaila.
(Alpha is a remarkable Canadian ministry whose staff are currently on a 40 day fast and prayer effort for “the spiritual awakening of Canada.”)
I am among the many speculating how Mr. Trudeau and the Liberal Cabinet will view the importance of faith in public life. But more importantly, I’m challenged to respond to the New Testament directive on how my own faith should affect this government. It’s pretty simple -- our job is to pray “for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” —1 Timothy 2:1-4
Although I hear and agree from many of the comments on how we are called to pray for our enemies (And I would call the Liberal party a direct enemy to Christianity in the core of their ethics). I will say as a very honest Christian that I am sure that I would not turn the other cheek from a Muslim attacking one of my children. I would be the first person in line to take up arms against such onslaught. I do not for a second believe that we are called as Christians to be a doormat. Love is a stage of many stages that all must go through. Congratulations to all that have achieved near Sainthood in their suggestions to the strong willed. Your comments about how we are not to judge Justin are just as hypocritical as those that have the courage to stand up and comment to pro-life and Justin's inability to lead his own family down the right path let alone an entire Country. The ones that don't comment in these blogs here most likely the ones that have a true understanding. P.S. That means I am admitting I don't have everything figured out. Still waiting for the one that truly does. Until then, there is a beautiful thing in this Country called "Free Speech" and I don't appreciate those religious enough to get their digs in to the ones that agree that Justin needs to be watched closely and assure that people do not simply place their heads in the sand. Make no mistake, this man is a wolf in sheep's clothing.
April 21, 2016 | Steve
you are blessed for choosing jesus as your personal saviour.i want to be in the same network with you
March 30, 2016 | julius
I don't believe for one second Trudeau is Christian. While the Harper gov,t said the debate on abortion was voted on and a closed issue...fair enough I guess democracy won right or wrong. Trudeau on the other hand when asked about abortion said any body being prolife can not be an mp in his party as it didn't follow in the values of his party. For a guy who preaches understanding and religious freedom this makes him a liar in my books. If he feels he is Christian then God help us the anti Christ has arrived
March 25, 2016 | Matteo Perizzolo
Dear Satadal Biswas, the best way to become a Christian to enter the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) at a local Catholic parish near you. You can either approach the bishop or the local priest to learn more about the RCIA with in the Catholic Church. Under the RCIA you basically study Christianity, its history, doctrines, and beliefs. Both the Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Churches form the original historic Church founded directly by Jesus of Nazareth. The Catholic Church has a Latin rite, a Greek rite (Byzantine), and five other rites. The Latin rite is the largest rite and is non-ethnic while the other rites rites are ethically based historic Churches in communion with the Pope in Rome. The Greek Catholic liturgy is the same as the Eastern Orthodox except the later are not in communion with the Pope but are in schism but working to restore full union. By going through the RCIA program you learn much about the Christian faith and make an informed choice to become a Christian. It is not simply making a simple declaration of faith but requires understanding and free choice. After taking the course you must decide if you want to be Catholic, along with each other member of your family as individuals. If you decide to join the Church, you and any of your family members who decide to become Christian, are baptized in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit at a Sunday mass and are welcomed into the Church. Since you are an adult you would also receive confirmation as well. You and your family can also watch The Journey Home - EWTN on you tube about other people speak about their journey in becoming Catholic. There are several videos to watch from atheists to Protestants, to Muslims, to Hindus who have become Catholic. This is a link to their videos. http://www.ewtn.com/v/ondemand/audio/seriessearchprog.asp?seriesID=-6892289 I hope this helps you. Yours truly John Roesch
March 23, 2016 | John Roesch
“He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.” John 8:7 NKJV
March 9, 2016 | Yolla
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February 25, 2016 | Satadal Biswas
Justin Trudeau is anything but Christian! He is just another atheistic apostate of the Quebec quite revolution. As a practicing Catholic as understood by the Church there is no way an individual such as Justin Trudeau could support and defend abortion, euthanasia, homosexual marriage, the legalization of marijuana and be a Catholic! Trudeau thinks there is a separation of Church and State in Canada, yet the historical and political record shows that this simply is not true. Canada is not a confessional state such as the United Kingdom, but it does not have the separation of Church and State in its constitution. Our sociopolitical foundation is very much as country of Western Civilization with our laws rooted in Christian morality and the Judo-Christian tradition, English common law and natural law theory! The constitution act of 1982 even recognizes the Supremacy of God in it preamble. The political agenda of the Liberal Party of Canada since Pierre Elliot Trudeau is that of the atheistic liberalism of the French revolution! Justin Trudeau carries this agenda even further than his father to the imposition of an atheistic state on the Canadian population. Modern contemporary liberalism is an atheistic, materialistic, and hedonistic ideology that disparages both God and natural law. It is an utterly corrupt mentality which is antithetical to the Christian way of life. Justin Trudeau claims that he is a rational, scientific, logical person, yet his contradictory platitudes and policies actually demonstrate that he is not! Justin Trudeau is someone who simply lies through his teeth to people like a typical sociopath.
February 22, 2016 | John Roesch
Justin Trudeau is anything but Christian! He is just another atheistic apostate of the Quebec quite revolution. As a practicing Catholic as understood by the Church there is no way an individual such as Justin Trudeau could support and defend abortion, euthanasia, homosexual marriage, the legalization of marijuana and be a Catholic! Trudeau thinks there is a separation of Church and State in Canada, yet the historical and political record shows that this simply is not true. Canada is not a confessional state such as the United Kingdom, but it does not have the separation of Church and State in its constitution. Our sociopolitical foundation is very much as country of Western Civilization with our laws rooted in Christian morality and the Judo-Christian tradition, English common law and natural law theory! The constitution act of 1982 even recognizes the Supremacy of God in it preamble. The political agenda of the Liberal Party of Canada since Pierre Elliot Trudeau is that of the atheistic liberalism of the French revolution! Justin Trudeau carries this agenda even further than his father to the imposition of an atheistic state on the Canadian population. Modern contemporary liberalism is atheistic, materialistic, and hedonistic ideology that disparages both God and natural law. It is an utterly corrupt mentality which is antithetical to the Christian way of life. Justin Trudeau claims that he is a rational, scientific, logical person, yet his contradictory platitudes and policies actually demonstrate that he is not! Justin Trudeau is someone who simply lies through his teeth to people like a typical sociopath.
February 22, 2016 | John Roesch
I am a member of the liberal party, and in short of it I do not like abortion at all, these people and they are have the right to be born and adopted, even if the parents come back in 10 years to be part of their childrens lives I say praise the lord thanks be to god praise the prince of peace far better then murder, god bless love david!!!
January 18, 2016 | david muir
Hi Lorna, Would it be possible to ask PM Trudeau to visit your show and talk about his personal faith publicly to Canadians. I and many would like to put our hearts at ease knowing where he stands - what his beliefs are. Have they changed? We have all seen the picture of Trudeau, in Islamic prayer garb, submitting in prayer at a Calgary mosque? I found this confusing, as we, Christians, are commanded to set no other gods before our Lord. I also understand that Islam is equally not tolerant of praise to other deities (Islam also see Jesus in a totally different way that we do). So which is it...is PM Trudeau now Muslim or remains Christian since the writing of his book? More questions arise when we do not see or hear of PM Trudeau visiting Christian organizations, churches, dioceses to support / deliver a strong message of alliance with their charitable efforts and humanitarian aid, here and abroad. Since he has been elected, has he spoken directly regarding the atrocities committed against Christians in the Middle East? What is his stance with Israel now? So many questions. I hope you or perhaps 100 Huntley Street can devote one or a few segments to Justin Trudeau for him to come onstage and discuss his faith as well give Christians issues equal attention if not media time.
January 18, 2016 | Valerie
I would like to show you a simple message that has been well done in Australia that should be extended to here in Canada. Its great to help people in need!!!! Yes but when some come with false faces of hope and then try to make unrest with those that are helping, its not a nice feeling. We immigrated and had to up hold the laws and did as were told and committed to being Canadian and following the Canadian Customs and way of life. ITS GREAT TO BE CANADIAN. Lets remember what Canada is about acceptance of others yes but not to fall in to there clutches. Being Christian is being good and there is a lot of good in all religions. When a religion teaches war or to be at war with others that is a lot more than an eye for an eye. Listen to how the Australians are feeling about the same issues, as they are so much the same as ours in Canada. https://www.youtube.com/embed/yZZlo0WZ_iU?rel=0 Have a great day. Remember the ways of the past worked why change them. Life is good in Canada lets keep it a good God like way. We don't throw our beliefs in any ones face we welcome all to enjoy and be happy with one another. Lets keep it that way. Have a beer sit down and be together. I am 50+ years old and hope my 4 children will see the full life as Canadians! Not with Religious and political unrest. Praying is a good thing, action is what is needed. Stand Guard for what Canada claims to be for those that love Canadian culture as it is. KISS. ( keep it simple stupid) If you don,t like it get out, show them the door. Thank you!
January 17, 2016 | Andreas Schollig
I am sorry people are so critical of the PM on the abortion issue although I agree with them that we should never take life however lets not forget the previous government refused or were too chicken to raise it. I may not have voted for Trudeau but God did. We are on a journey of faith with Jesus but non have made it yet. Jesus is doing the work in us. Pray for our leaders
January 5, 2016 | Joy Rees
there was nothing in there that suggests that Justin has put his faith and trust in Christ that he died on the cross for his sin and rose again from the dead and that his sin against God has been forgiven . therefore there us nothing here that would suggest he is a born again Christian .
January 1, 2016 | jeremy
A well written article but attending an 'ALPHA' course does not a Christian make, only those 'born again' by the blood of Christ can make that claim. For all his good intentions, he wants to propose things which seem to fly in the face of scripture such as not allowing anyone in his party who are 'pro-life'....that says volumes about his true stance 'with God'. Yes he want to welcome thousands of refugees another good intention, however, there is little concern for the thousands of 'Christian' arabs now left at the hands of their muslim neighbours and being slaughtered daily. For all the good work PM Harper did to ensure the safety and security of our nation Justin will quickly undo that by admitting thousands in with little or no security checks as many of these folks have little or no documentation (stated by an RCMP officer). I would be careful in promoting the idea that he is a 'Christian' ... there are many who use that word lightly in today's society and claim to be 'Christian' yet their fruits say otherwise. Sadly we no longer live in a Christian nation, those days are long gone. Then again I pray this nation will not turn further away from God.
December 31, 2015 | Bill Smillie
My utter delight with the PM's first initiatives - opening the doors to Syrian refugees, reversing the previous government's policy to deny health care to refugees, his active and leading role in the Paris' climate change talks, his affirmative response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's 94 recommendations, his convening immediately with his provincial counterparts, his giving freedom to his ministers to speak directly to the media, particularly the CBC etc. etc - are all the confirmation I need of his faith and spirituality. I thank God daily for this man.
December 21, 2015 | John Deacon
There is a saying, "if you talk the talk, the proof is that you walk the talk." If I remember the followers of JESUS stood for what HE stood for and that always was, Father's heart for HIS children on earth. "He came to set the captive free, and to save the lost." Standing for The Truth, the disciples end was brutal, "still they stood firm, unshakeable and unmovable to their end." We have a crowd of witnesses in the stands watching and cheering us on do we not? Bless you Lorna for the opportunity to allow an expression of my faith without fear of retribution.
December 11, 2015 | Delores
A democracy is a society where honorable people can honorable disagree. I also understand that God is bigger and often works outside of the box of our theologies, our philosophies, our opinions. However, it is to be hoped that on the journey that each of us are on, one could express their present thinking without being accused of witch-hunting, or of not wanting to believe the best of all human beings. I freely acknowledge that God alone knows those who are His, and He alone truly knows the deepest motives of every heart. So for whatever it might be worth, my opinion is simply this, and I simply present it for consideration in a reasonable manner. My present thinking is that the key thing to understand in this article is what our Prime Minister means by the separation of the church and the state. The typically politically correct understanding of this term by secular humanists is that one can believe whatever they want to believe in private, and in their own personal beliefs, but those personal beliefs should have no bearing, no connection and no relationship whatsoever to public policy, or to advocacies in the public square. There, one religion, and one religion only is tolerable, and that is the religion of secular humanism, which believes that you can believe whatever you want to believe in privately, as long as you do not bring it into public debate. Secular humanism is a very dogmatic religion, that believes that man is the measure of all things, and will hardly tolerate different opinions in areas like abortion, same sex marriages and assisted suicide. It uses state power rather than reason and persuasion to defend its beliefs. I simply point out, for our observation, that I see little to no evidence of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau extending his Christian beliefs into the public square. If that were the case, I would expect at least an even-handed policy towards accepting persecuted minorities of all beliefs in the Middle East. Instead, Canada's present refugee seems already to be giving priority in entry to Gay refugees, banning single straight men, and no mention made whatsoever to the Christian minorities who are being routinely beheaded by ISIS. If Trudeau's Christianity extends itself into the public square, I would expect at least an even-handed approach towards persecuted people in the world of whatever their belief system is, but so far it seems that such is not the case. http://www.jewishpress.com/news/canada-to-give-priority-in-entry-to-gay-refugees-banning-single-straight-men/2015/11/26/ In contrast, the policy of the previous administration was to prioritize minority communities — the Yazidis, Druze, Syriac Catholics, Chaldean Christians and Ismaili Muslims — as the principal victims of the Islamic State who are reluctant to seek refuge in the UN-operated camps because of the hostile reaction they feel they'll face. Having heard former Minister of Defence, Jason Kenney, speak on this topic, I know for a fact that he was a strong advocate of including gay people along with Christians as persecuted minorities in the Middle East. These are the groups that usually end up living in the slums of the region's big cities and do not avail themselves of the billions of dollars in humanitarian support pouring into the region. In Jason Kenney's own words, "I think we — as a pluralistic society — are uniquely sensitive to vulnerable minority communities. We don't want them to be the forgotten ones in this crisis." But this focus on resettling Christians has drawn the ire of groups in Canada, and the question must be asked, "Who will stand up for the persecuted church in the Middle East now?" http://www.cbc.ca/radio/thehouse/syrian-refugee-crisis-what-s-next-1.3222463/tories-set-to-revamp-syrian-refugee-response-in-wake-of-criticism-jason-kenney-says-1.3225298 Last August, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced that his government would provide support for a new three-year, $9 million program to support persecuted religious minorities in the Middle East. The program would have sought to build on the Office of Religious Freedom’s highly successful Religious Freedom Fund to work with organizations operating in the region to protect places of worship and the retention of religious artifacts that are under threat of destruction by ISIS. http://www.jasonkenney.ca/harper_announces_support_for_religious_freedom My prayer is that future government policies in Canada will reflect at least some concern for the persecuted church in the world, which is by far the most persecuted group of people on the entire planet, bar none. Britain has a Prime Minister who has the boldness and the forthrightness and the honesty to acknowledge this. http://www.newstatesman.com/lifestyle/2014/04/are-christians-really-world-s-most-persecuted-religious-group In a rare theological intervention at a 10 Downing Street reception recently, David Cameron made the eye-catching suggestion that Christians were the most persecuted religious group in the world today. The British PM is not the first prominent figure to make such a claim. Pope Benedict XVI said it during his New Year message in 2011, Angela Merkel made similar remarks during a visit to a church in November 2012, and late last year Prince Charles spoke of “intimidation, false accusation and organised persecution to the Christian communities in the Middle East at the present time.” Tragic news reports seem to bear this out. The destruction of ancient Christian communities in their homelands in Iraq, Syria and other parts of the Middle East, described by Tom Holland as “a crime against civilization as well as against humanity”, has been one of the most tragic consequences of the recent turmoil. Sometimes, direct religious persecution seems to be involved, as in a recent murder of Dutch priest Frans van der Lugt in the besieged town of Homs. Meanwhile, in Pakistan yet another absurd blasphemy prosecution came to light, this time of a Christian couple sentenced to death for allegedly sending text messages deemed to be offensive to Islam. Who will stand up for the persecuted church in Canadian public policy today? I totally agree that we as the church in Canada have a lot of praying to do for our government, and that greater even-handedness towards persecuted minorities and less preoccupation with prioritizing the funding of abortions overseas. I believe that there is a spiritual force at work that is blinding the nations of the world to the good that the church is doing in every nation on the face of the earth, and instead sees the church as a negative influence on the nations. A Liberal government under Justin Trudeau would fund abortion services under the Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Initiative, something the Conservatives have refused to do since creating the program in 2010. An official with knowledge of the topic publicly stated that a Liberal government would take a position starkly different from that of the previous government and would ensure legal abortions are funded as part of the international program. http://ipolitics.ca/2015/10/16/liberals-would-fund-abortion-services-under-maternal-health-initiative/ There is hardly any leader in the western world who would not claim to be a Christian in his private beliefs. I will not judge that. God alone knows those who are His. What we need to understand, however, is that for many in the western world, secular humanism is the dominant religion, and that the separation of the church and the state simply means the separation of private beliefs from all public policy, and yet Trudeau's private beliefs on abortion are reflected in his own public policy, not willing to even allow a believer in pro-life into his caucus. The early church did not believe in a privatized Jesus, but in a Jesus who died and who rose again for the justification of the whole human race, and in a Jesus who is the Lord of all creation, the Lord of all life, and in a Jesus who Kingdom will only be extended by invitation and by the persuasive power of love for all, and a love which does not mean that because you disagree with somebody, that you therefore hate them. That can be an attempt to encourage Christians to just stay silent like the majority did in Germany in the 1930's and 1940's. May great grace be upon us all, a grace that gives us the courage and the wisdom of Stephen to stand up against the darkness in this present age, and to speak the truth in love, even if it costs us our lives.
November 27, 2015 | Roger Armbruster
Great to hear of our PM exposure to the good news of Jesus and what ever the commitment he claims is wonderful. Our family and congregation will continue to pray trusting he will be seeking fellowship with other believers. I praise the Lord to hear of this encounter.
November 20, 2015 | Mel Johnson
I think it would have been better had he gotten in the next time around instead.
November 20, 2015 | Howard Gould
Pray for him, that his faith increases & becomes even more personal. My greater concern is for his wife who seems to be involved in new Age philosophies. yoga etc . We don't want a repeat of the USA's Regan years when his wife would give him astrologically based dates for meetings etc !
November 20, 2015 | Darlene Collison
My there are some really unchristian Christians on this site.
November 20, 2015 | Gail Martin-Nyberg
Our church (www.hipm.org) has been praying for the Prime Minister and the cabinet ministers according to 1 Timothy 2:1-4. It is so encouraging to read your article. Thank you for sharing this information.
November 20, 2015 | Balan Swaminathan
Oh my, where I have I been missing your programs again.....glad to be back on board and thx for a truly informative interesting artic!le ..
November 16, 2015 | Lorna L.Nicholson
November 10, 2015 | Robinsmith
Yes, we are told to pray for our government and so we should......whatever bent.....how else will we continue in peace in this country ......for which so many young people have died.....not to forget what Jesus did for us as well....so pray and uphold our present government.....we are basking in the sacrifices of so many...why not learn to love, not tear down....
November 10, 2015 | Nell
We are created for connection...in His image. We need to create connection/dialogue/discourse/community wherever we go...including with politicians, no matter what the party. Why would values of respect and kindness and love be any different for our political leaders than for the widows or the orphans? http://bit.ly/LetterTrudeau
November 10, 2015 | Carolyn Klassen
The bible says that we will recongize A tree by its fruits. If the new PM is pro abortion, ask Yourself, is that what Jesus would Do. Killing babies is an abomination. Taking an alpha course does not Make one a Christian. The true value of this man will be In the decisions he makes according To the Word of God. True, the seed that has been planted In his heart is a seed that can Grow if we pray for him.
November 10, 2015 | Suzanne Gendron
I'm always amazed at how people throw "Judge not lest ye be judged" etc. around. Of ocurse by the same measure we judge, we will be judged, but it is clear biblically that there are circumstances when we are to exercise judgement, this is not even debatable. It is not our place to judge the world (why Christians get so surprised when the world acts like the world is baffling to me), however we are to judge what occure in the church and amongst those that profess to follow Christ. This is clearly laid out in 1 Corinthians 5, and especially when you get to :12-13 when Paul says, "What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? God will judge those outside. "Expel the wicked man from among you." I realize it's not politically correct in whatever churchy way we do PC, but the bible repeatedly tells us not to sin, and that we don't condone it. Therefore when we see sin amongst the church we deal with it. We need to deal with our sin first so that we CAN HELP WITH OUR BROTHES SIN. Jesus does not say never do it, he says do it properly. Are we all sinners? Of course, which is why we have grace for each other, but to say we never make judgements is straight up unbiblical.
November 9, 2015 | Guy
John 3:18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned,but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. John 12:48 There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words; the very words I have spoken will condemn them at the last day. 1 Corinthians 5:12 What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? 1 Peter 4:5 But they will have to give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. Jude 14-16 See, the Lord is coming with thousands upon thousands of his holy ones to judge everyone, and to convict all of them of all the ungodly acts they have committed in their ungodliness, and of all the defiant words ungodly sinners have spoken against him.” These people are grumblers and faultfinders; they follow their own evil desires; they boast about themselves and flatter others for their own advantage. Revelation 20:12 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. John 5:24 “Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life. John 8:50 I am not seeking glory for myself; but there is one who seeks it, and he is the judge.
November 9, 2015 | Sarah
" Anyone who condones abortion is not a Christian. November 7, 2015 | Ian " Thus spake Ian! Please. Are you saying that Christians are perfect? Christ didn't come for the sinless, Ian. He came for us sinners. Unless your scripture reads very much different than mine? Joni
November 9, 2015 | Joni
I find Justin is encouraging in his open collaborative process. This appears to be the model of democracy... until you hear the "no pro-lifers accepted". Apparently everyone can vote their conscience unless they believe that it is wrong to kill a different human life, even when it is still in the womb. Justin is about to find out that he can not muzzle members of his own party or others that have these religious convictions. Yes, he can and will kick them out, fine them, even jail them but he will not change them. Then who is being intolerant?
November 9, 2015 | Tom Pankratz
I am a Christian. I know it is not my place to judge others, for so shall you be judged when it is your time to meet the Lord. I am sad, that we cannot accept that someone has found the beginning of a journey, and faith is a journey of reading the Bible, understanding of your own relationship with God and growing in your faith. Please do not judge and instead pray for Prime Minister Trudeau, to have God help him in being the best for all Canadians.
November 9, 2015 | Daneve
Great article. So many cynics in Canada today, who simply make belief in anything good. So happy about this story about Trudeau's faith. But we should pray anyway. So glad Jesus was not as judgemental as some who have responded negatively to this news.
November 9, 2015 | Bryan Hagerman
Justin Trudeau is pro-choice on abortion, and makes it mandatory that his party members also are. He welcomes in refugees, but will not fight for or support those too vulnerable to flee lands under control of ISIS terrorists. Are ther any humans in this world more vulnerable than an unborn baby or someone stuck behind terrorist lines and unable to escape? He supports marriages for alternative sexual orientation. What part of Christian orthodoxy does Justin Trudeau hold to?
November 8, 2015 | Curt Senka
Thanks for sharing this! I have taken Alpha 7times. This last i lead a small group. It was awesome! !
November 8, 2015 | Tanis
Important Correction in my comment yesterday: can't believe that I said that Justin would not accept any Pro-Choice candidates for the Liberal Party, when I MEANT PRO-LIFE! When Christians say "We are not to judge, for it is up to God to judge", in many cases I believe there is a disagreement here with the very word 'judge'. We make judgements all the time about people, especially in legal terms. But there is in a broader sense, a Biblical command to "be discerning, to look at the fruit or lack thereof, to test the spirit, and study closely to determine whether or not what is being said is Truth". We are to test everything against Scripture! Simple example is - the other day a man said to me that he believed there is a god, but that he didn't believe in Christ - that He was only a man. BUT he claimed to be a Christian, and a good person. Well, I "judged" him not to be a Christian and kindly told him so. Based on what he declared about himself (and other things I knew about him), should I not have 'judged' him? WE ARE TO BE DISCERNING! God bless.
November 8, 2015 | Audie
The exciting thing about this news is that the seed of faith has been planted in our PM & Gods word always produces life so we can call forth life to that seed & fruit ! It gives us a way better angle to pray for him From - and no I haven't been a JT supporter , in fact I am having difficulty with it BUT I find this very encouraging!
November 8, 2015 | C. Erickson
Did I read this correctly. The Alpha course.....message is don't feel you have to do it all alone," put your trust in God every now and then" This sounds like designer faith to me. Only the Lord knows if he is a fully committed follower of Jesus Christ but his political life and his faith are not separate parts of his life and if he can't live out his faith in his chosen career then he needs a different career. Sharon Johnson
November 8, 2015 | Sharon Johnson
Thank you Lorna for sharing that.
November 8, 2015 | Doreen Janzen
"Judge not, that ye ... "
November 8, 2015 | David Neumann
be very careful of wolfs in sheep clothings
November 8, 2015 | Eva Theriault
Sounds like a lot of stone throwing and witch hunting by people who call themselves Christians. How many of you are perfect and sinless. My life experience tells me many turn their backs on wounded people then throw stones.
November 8, 2015 | Caroline
this sounds great but where is the fruit of it. abortion, drugs, posing with a naked woman for a selfie, euthanasia..... I do pray he comes to a full trust in God's guidance for his life and this nation. I pray that a little yeast will leaven the whole loaf.
November 8, 2015 | Brian
I am in no way a Justin treadeau supporter.I did not vote for him.It is not my place to judge.That is God!s place. but remember every time we point a finger at him,three are pointing back!
November 8, 2015 | Rod
How does a 'real' Christian make it Liberal policy that no 'pro-life' person could be a candidate in the Liberal election… Harper would be condemned for being too controlling if he said no pro-abortionist could be a candidate in the Conservative party. Trudeau has also stated that he would renew funding for abortion in third world countries…. actions speak louder than political words
November 8, 2015 | Terry Lewis
I'm not going to judge if he is a Christian or not. I just hope that he is or if not that some day he would be. Now in the issue of abortion we as a Christian should know that it is murder and its a sin in the yes of the Lord! Christians are not to commit murder and abortion is a murder whether you like it or not. Anyone who believes that abortion is okay, that one is not a Christian or that one does not have enough education on abortion! I'm not a liberal I'm stil a conservative but if it's God's will for young Trudeu to stay the Prime Minister of Canada for a long time, I will pray that God lead him into a right direction for the sake of all Canadians, but for what I have been reading about him he is about to make some terrible decision that it will change this country Canada, forever!
November 7, 2015 | Vanda
The key question is: Will Justin Trudeau (or any leader) attempt to integrate his/her Christian faith with their public life, whether that he in business, education, social work, or politics? Too often professing Christians live dualistic lives, separating their religious beliefs from their public lives, so that religion is confined to the private realm, and the public realm is governed by the values and ideas of the culture. If one is truly gripped in a deep sense by a worldview, whether that be Christian, religious, or otherwise, it will shaped the whole of one's life, including one's policies and actions in public life and work. Historically, this was the case for William Wilberforce, the British M.P. who fought against slavery, when slavery was socially and culturally accepted in Britain. The same was evident for the Christian pastor and leader, Martin Luther King, who led the fight against racial discrimination against blacks when it was costly for him to do so. Will Justin Trudeau provide political leadership that manifests that he has been gripped by the Christian worldview so as to shape his government's policies and actions in the face of cultural and social opposition?
November 7, 2015 | Gene
Let's hold our 'judgement' in abeyance. Let's watch that the words of the mouth lead to the actions of the body, and that there isn't any dissonance. The man is young. Watch and pray for him. God is the ultimate kingmaker, AND HE puts into place those who are going to move His Plan towards fulfillment. So, let's hope and pray for our leadership.
November 7, 2015 | MOLL
The article is not alarming, it is the numerous ignorant (stupid, even) comments from many of those responding to the article : EG, "anyone who allows choice on abortion is not a Christian", "refugees=ISIS", etc. Has evangelicaldom shrunk to this little pile of scuttling fundamentalist People-of-Walkmart rabble? It's like television has rotted their zombie brains, and it's "Christian" television?
November 7, 2015 | Dennis J Hassell
Lorna I can't believe you drank the koolade. No open vote on any abortion issue ? Worse stand then Harper on the issue.
November 7, 2015 | Bernie
Good grief, it is beginning to sound like Harper's Christian and Alliance church when some of them think that the stock market is 'divinely inspired.' We need freedom from religion, all the time.
November 7, 2015 | Gervais Warren
Many of us desperately wanted change, so having received the election results I was hoping for, I feel compelled to pray. We have given Mr. Trudeau and his government a huge responsibility. I was surprised (which in itself raises questions as to why) and pleased to read that Alpha had been helpful to him in a difficult period of his life. May God continue to work in him, in his family, and in this country under his leadership. Also, is it not our responsibility to be active citizens ourselves, seeking the welfare of others and our country?
November 7, 2015 | Liz
Justin is a Christian and so are a couple others? I find it very hard to believe that ANY liberal can be a Christian. Anyone who condones abortion is not a Christian.
November 7, 2015 | Ian
Thanks for this post, Lorna. It's a good reminder for all of us, whether we voted for our new government or not, that we are to be in prayer for them. I also appreciated this comment you made in another of your posts - "The Conservative snide 'he’s not ready' met a big hearted, 'we can do better' at the Liberals and the faith vote went for that hope." I think this is very true. It brings to my mind another verse - John 10:10 - 'I came that they might have life and have it abundantly.' I see the 180 degree turn on October 19th as people being fed up with the status quo. It’s the declaration of wanting something better. God promises us abundant life in Him. Why not expect great things of our government, too?
November 7, 2015 | Sarah
I pray this is true and yes it is very important to pray for our leaders. I do recall seeing a video of Justin Trudeau in a mosque and hearing that he had converted to muslim. Not sure of the validity of this. With your contacts Lorna, can you find out about this. Anyone can attend Alpha and can be impacted by it and definitely find solace in the loss of a loved one. I do hope and pray that this is true.
November 7, 2015 | michele witley
I believe we should be praying for Justin Trudeau and his government that they will be led by the Holy Spirit in their decisions; yet we cannot judge certain groups of people because that is not our right nor is it up to us to judge. God is the Ultimate Judge and should be the only one judging people and governments
November 7, 2015 | Bud Cooper
Thank you gives me comfort to hear Justin has faith as well as a brain let's hope he keeps using them both as well as listening to the people.
November 7, 2015 | Elaine Ahola
I question whether or not he is truly a Christian because what he has said about abortion isn't very Christian because a true Christian does not abort a baby because the idea of life is God breathed and a God given right. It is also in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom that the fundamental right to life!
November 7, 2015 | Matthew David Landberg
I thought we were bringing refugees trying to escape ISIS. I don't know where you heard we were bringing ISIS to Canada!
November 7, 2015 | Dianne
Thanks, Lorna. I needed that! Bless You!
November 7, 2015 | Sandy Carmichael
I couldn't edit my comment so I had to write another one No matter how I feel about Justin Trudeo, I HAVE been praying for him, so I guess God could have saved him, I don't know
November 7, 2015 | Krista Brewer
Yes I am so glad I read this and to know Our Prime Minister took this course, at least he has some Christian beliefs, praying he still stands by them in leading our country. Our country has always stood for, and on Gods Bibical standers.There are many things he must deal with, hope he seeks Gods Will in these decisions.
November 7, 2015 | Margaret Crouse
The new Health Minister Dr. Jane Philpott is an active member (regular song-leader) at Community Mennonite Church Stouffville. She was a medical missionary, together with her husband Pep (a Tyndale MTS grad), in Niger for 9 years. Recently she was on 100 Huntley to speak of those years, and about the loss of their eldest, a 2.5 yr old child, to diesease. She has been key-note speaker at a number of Prayer Breakfasts (incl. the Ontario Pray Breakfast a few years ago). Expect great things!
November 7, 2015 | Arnold Neufeldt-Fast
You are spot on, Lorna. After my initial feeling of despair about the Liberal win, I started praying for Justin Trudeau. All this while I have been concentrating on prayer for Justin Trudeau, but after reading your blog I have come to realize that I should be praying for the rest of the Liberal team, too! Love you Lorna, and love the way you approach situations!
November 7, 2015 | Rashida Erskine
1 Timothy, not 2nd. Did I read this correctly? Excellent article, Lorna. Thank you for informing us!
November 7, 2015 | Wendy