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‘The last thing I say as PM’: Scott Morrison chokes back tears after conceding election defeat

SUTHERLAND, NSW (CU)_Australia’s outgoing Prime Minister Scott Morrison addressed the congregation of Horizon church in his home electorate of Cook just hours after conceding defeat in Saturday’s election. In what he said would be “the last thing I say as PM”, Morrison quoted Bible verses saying “We’re called to trust and obey. And that’s the life of faith.”

He returned to the Pentecostal church on Sunday morning, the same church to which he invited the media for the Easter Sunday service during the 2019 election campaign. In his address, the outgoing Prime Minister thanked “our church family” on behalf of himself and his wife and their two daughters.

“You’ve given us a great foundation from which we could walk what has been a very difficult walk, I’ve got to tell you, over the last almost four years,” he said. “God calls us. Whether you’re a prime minister, a pastor, running a business, teaching in schools, working in the police force, it doesn’t matter. We’re each called to trust and obey, and that’s the life of faith He calls us to. That’s how we live our faith, each and every day, regardless of what your job is, and to express it through how you do that.”

During his three-minute speech, Morrison grew emotional on several occasions, choking back tears as he spoke of “such a time like this”, referencing to the Bible verse on people being placed in specific situations by God to carry out tasks. “At the last election, we really understood it was for such a time as this. And now we understand it was for such a time as that,” he said.

“I’m very pleased that the last thing I say as PM is here. So, I’m not going to rely on my own words,” he added, as he read the Bible verse Habakkuk 3:17 off his phone. “Even if the fig tree does not blossom and there is no fruit on the vines, if the yield of the olive fails and if the fields produce no food, even if the flock disappears from the fold and there are no cattle in the stalls, yet I will triumph in the Lord. I will rejoice in the God of my salvation,” the outgoing Prime Minister read.

“May God bless Australia. May God bless our community. And may God continue to show his favour on this wonderful church family,” he said, as he left the stage.

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