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Scott Morrison Talks Faith and Politics

by | Tue, Apr 2 2024

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Scott Morrison is getting ready to release his memoir Plans For Your Good: A Prime Minister’s Testimony of God’s Faithfulness, which focuses on how his Christian faith influenced his life, his decisions, his time in Parliament and those turbulent years as Prime Minister of Australia.

There have been many Christian Prime Ministers in Australia, but it’s become a point of fascination, especially to the mainstream media, that Scott Morrison was Australia’s first evangelical Pentecostal Prime Minister. In his valedictory speech to the Parliament just a month ago, Scott Morrison used the opportunity to call the nation back to God.

Scott grew up in a Christian family and gave his life to Jesus at a young age. While Australia was founded on Judeo-Christian values, Scott said he’s witnessed a disconnect with God over the sixteen years he’s been in Parliament.

‘People look to government as some sort of salvation for everything, an answer to every solution. And it’s not. It’s part of a solution to the many challenges that we face in our society. It has a role to play, and it’s important that Christians are part of that, as Daniel was part of Nebuchadnezzar’s government, and as Joseph was part of Pharaoh’s government,’ said Scott. ‘There have always been Christians and people of faith working in civil administration. What I fear, and I’m concerned about, is when you take God out of the culture, what do you replace him with?’

Christians Are a Minority

While Christianity is on the decline in Australia, Scott said that Christians should not be pessimistic but learn how to live as Christians in an increasingly secularised society, as shown by the example of Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the book of Daniel.

‘I said in my maiden speech to Parliament, secularism is not the national religion. There is no national religion, and secularism has no greater claim to the nation’s faith base than any other faith. It’s important in a free society that we get to choose what we believe. And I believe God would have it no other way,’ said Scott.

Scott believes we should be spreading a message of hope, peace, and empowerment for all people.

‘The truth of Jesus Christ is an offence to what I call the religion of secularism. The religion of secularism is different to having a secular state, and I think these two things are often confused,’ said Scott. ‘As Christians, we need to understand the fact that we live in a democracy, and that gives us no greater right to impose a minority. And we are a minority now.’

Religious Discrimination

On the matter of religious freedom and the religious discrimination bill, Scott had numerous conversations with Orthodox bishops and Christian pastors on the matter of sex discrimination.

‘The bill I put to the Parliament was the bill that I foreshadowed prior to the 2019 election, which absolutely protected religious schools. The only issue that was discussed and was included in that bill had to do with the non-expulsion of a student on the basis of their sexuality,’ said Scott. ‘That was something that was supported by every single religious leader because it just simply doesn’t happen. When these issues come up in religious schools, Christian schools, in particular, deal with those situations in love and with care for the student and their family.’

Mandatory Vaccinations and Closing Borders

While Scott made a public announcement that vaccinations were not mandatory, the state premiers were closing state borders, locking people down in their homes or hotels and mandating vaccines, resulting in people who did not comply losing their jobs.

‘The Commonwealth has no power whatsoever under our Constitution on mandating vaccines. None. And they have no power to prevent the mandating of vaccines. The Commonwealth government only agreed to mandating the vaccines in the case of aged care workers and those working in vulnerable health settings. All the other mandating of vaccines were decisions taken entirely by state governments, often unilaterally, without any support from the federal government,’ said Scott.

Scott is no longer in public life. He now works as a consultant advising corporate clients around the world about what’s happening in the world and in the Indo-Pacific. He sits on a number of global think tanks in the United States that are focused on global security issues.

‘I’ll always consistently be calling out what is happening in China and the coercive actions of the Communist Party,’ said Scott. ‘I think we have to be very careful not to display an equivalency in a Communist Party system in China and what is occurring in the Western world. There are a range of reasons why we should be resisting the coercion and intimidation of the Chinese Communist Party government in China, not just to protect our own sovereignty. But this is an autocratic system of government, a totalitarian system of government, which is not good for the liberty of the people who live there.’

Click the link to pre-purchase a copy of Scott Morrison’s memoir, Plans For Your Good: A Prime Minister’s Testimony of God’s Faithfulness, due for release in May.

To listen to Scott Morrison’s full interview with Neil Johnson on 20Twenty, click the link below:

 

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