This morning, Scott Morrison explained how prayer will be a crucial part of him running the country, before name-dropping a notorious conservative pastor.
This week, Scott Morrison hailed the power of prayer to combat drought, illustrating his daily rituals of prayer at a breakfast in Canberra.
“Thank you also to all those who offered such wonderful prayers here this morning; they were truly moving as we covered such an array of topics…whether it was the drought impacting our country from right across our eastern states, whether it’s the natural disasters … our prayers must also be with them and all of those affected by all of the natural disasters which in this country we face with great frequency,” he said.
Morrison also shut down the idea that Christians were painted as mostly pious, stating “what I like about prayer and what is so important about us coming together in our Parliament and praying, is prayer gives us a reminder of our humility and our vulnerability, and that forms a unity…it is one of the great misconceptions, I think, of religion that there’s something about piety. It is the complete reverse – the complete reverse. Faith, religion, is actually first and foremost an expression of our human frailty and vulnerability and an understanding that there are things far bigger than each of us. And so when we come together in prayer we are reminded of that, and we are reminded that the great challenges we face in this world are ones that we need to continue to bring up in prayer.”
A year to the day, Morrison hid behind the phrase “it’s existing law” to defend religious schools’ right to discriminate against LGBT+ students.
At the time we stated that he was open to “preventative legislation” to protect religious freedoms and has talked about sending his daughters to an independent Christian school because he doesn’t want the values of the Safe Schools program imposed on them.
At this morning’s breakfast, Morrison recalled him visiting a “wonderful church”, the National Capital Community Church, the Church of Pastor Mark Batterson. “He’s written a wonderful book on prayer which they gave me and I’ve been reading it since I’ve come back and where he talks about the only prayers that you can be assured are never answered, are the ones that are never prayed. I think that’s true and it’s a reminder of the importance of prayer,” Mr Morrison said.
As The New Daily notes, a recent sermon by Batterson opined that “we live in a society where it is wrong to say something is wrong. And that’s wrong. And we need the moral courage to tactfully, thoughtfully, and gracefully speak the truth in love. We ought to be more concerned about being biblically correct than politically correct. So here is the biblical bottom line: sex outside of marriage is wrong. Sex is a sacred covenant between a husband and a wife. Period.”
Per Robyn Whitaker of the University of Divinity in The Conversation, “The Horizon church that Scott Morrison attends has no statement about gender or sexuality on its website. It is affiliated with the Australian Christian Churches, which also does not have an explicit statement on gender or sexuality. But it does say this about the Bible: ‘We believe that the Bible is God’s Word. It is accurate, authoritative and applicable to our every day lives.'”
Whitaker continues, “…another statement claims the Bible is “infallible”. Words such as “accurate” and “infallible” commonly denote a worldview that considers the Bible to be the supreme authority on all knowledge, including scientific knowledge, putting it in fundamental conflict with science. It is a misunderstanding of what the Bible claims to be and the complex diversity of perspectives and genres therein. Morrison’s conservatism implies a worldview shaped by a conservative approach to the Bible where “biblical truth” is viewed as at odds with medical and scientific knowledge.”