Australia's prime minister recently spoke at the Australian Christian Churches convention on the Gold Coast. The content of his sermon is unlikely to be what most people remember from even a vague knowledge of Christianity and definitely NOT what we expect from the Prime Minister of Australia.
It was, in short, a call to the faithful pentecostals to proselytise & convert Australians to their religion while referring to those who use social media as working for the devil.
The video is available on YouTube.
The PM used a Royal Australian Air Force jet, flying to the Gold Coast in the afternoon and flying back to Sydney in the evening, so it's assumed he was there in his official capacity.
Why does it matter? Aren't all Christian faiths similar?
Kevin Rudd mentioned in an interview on 7:30, there's a vast difference between mainstream Christian beliefs in Social Justice and Environmental Stewardship and the Pentecostal belief in dominionism and that their god rewards his followers with wealth.
-The Prime Minister also talks about his god using Jenny in the political sphere.
-There's a strong Old Testament focus rather than on the New Testament or the Gospels.
-Encourages followers to think that FaceBook is evil, despite using it extensively himself.
Along with some of our Independent Media who have commented on both the content and the lack of, it's also raised the ire of atheists and Christians.
Chrys Stevenson analysed parts of it here on her blog GLADLY, THE CROSS-EYED BEAR
and here for those on Facebook
Chrys discusses 3 main points made by the PM:
Chrys Stevenson also reminds us that “The ‘prosperity gospel’ reduces religion to a magical technique to advance one’s individual self-interest, ignoring that the Gospel is meant to be ‘good news for the poor’, the Bible’s code for all in distress. The prosperity gospel instead focuses on individual wellbeing, rather than promoting wider concepts of solidarity and social justice in an effort to promote the common good of everyone, but especially of the most disadvantaged or marginalised.”
We see this in the obscene profits and increased wealth of some business (eg Harvey Norman here) who've profited throughout the pandemic. There's NO expectation that funds supplied by the Federal Government will be repaid. This is in contrast to the poorest in society who were hounded by Robodebt, sometimes to death.
It's worth noting how the fundamentalist churches benefit from providing 'services' to citizens when the government channels $$$ to them. "when the poor and disadvantaged become dependent on the church, the church gets the big government grants and the power that goes with that. "
Clinical social worker and former evangelical insider Josie McSkimming says the speech was absolutely “talking to the in crowd”