Against all the opinion polls, against all of the bookmakers odds, Scott Morrison, the Pentecostal PM has won his “miracle election” so the government can continue to avoid taking any action on climate change (and other things)
The return of Scott Morrison’s Liberal/National Party government is being portrayed as a massive victory because the result went against all expectations of Labor winning significantly.
Morrison is being lauded in one Murdoch newspaper as “the Messiah from the Shire”*.
But, in reality, at the moment, it seems that the parliament will be practically the same as it was after the last election, with a Liberal/National government having only the same one or two seat majority they started with three years ago. Rather than a significant victory, Morrison has won the status quo.
My pre-election thoughts were that a return of the Lib/Nats under Scott Morrison would be along similar lines to Trump’s win and Brexit. ( I’ve now seen that Trump himself has made that comparison regarding Morrison’s victory). It would be the return of a disorganised schism-ridden government that would increase national turmoil. The focus would remain upon $$$$, in a way that would leave the more vulnerable behind.
And then there’s the climate change issue – with the Pentecostal PM well known for gleefully waving a lump of coal around during debate in parliament, and his government having a fixation on building coal fired power stations.
There are far too many problems with this government and its members to write about in a short blog post; including some very dodgy dealings with “environment policy”, in which record payments were made to companies with connections to those politicians awarding the payments.
However, that’s what the voting public, including the Pentecostal churches, have
Because of that, I consider the election result is very likely God’s judgement on this nation and on the church – just as I see Trump’s election was in America.
As disappointing as it is to see the way things have gone – I would have preferred to see a government take steps to address the nation’s economic inequalities, as well as do something rational with climate change policy – I know very well that any such steps would only be a temporary reprieve from the inevitable.
Before Jesus returns things are NOT going to get better, society is not going to become more equitable. Terrible, destructive changes to the climate and environment WILL happen no matter what steps humankind might take.
We also know that attitudes to God, to Jesus, to followers of Jesus will become more hostile and persecution of believers will be an increasing reality.
I think the actions and attitudes of the public face of “the church” will play a significant part in increasing that hostility.
I have seen what people are saying about the “Christian” Prime Minister in public discussion forums.
While those commenters are clearly, already, God-haters, the expression of Christianity they see through the Prime Minister’s example, gives fuel to their hostility and makes their message easier to be swallowed by others: very much in the same way that evangelical support of Trump provides fuel for an anti-Christian hostility in the US
* “Messiah from the Shire”, not a Hobbit/ Lord of the Rings reference. “The Shire” is the nickname of the southern suburbs of Sydney where Morrison lives.
An alternate nickname he has been given is “Liar from the Shire”.