A SECULAR journalist Shannon Molloy seems to think sac-religion is desirable for a prime minister, rather than pure religion. But see: “Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.” (James 1:27.) Anyhow, secular journalists know how PMs downplay their religion by means of alcohol. Molloy says: “AUSTRALIA has had some pretty religious prime ministers in the recent past, from almost-a-priest Tony Abbott to churchgoing Kevin Rudd… A senior Liberal source told news.com.au that Mr Morrison would be encouraged to downplay his deeply [held] religious beliefs.”
(Shannon Molloy, “From talking in tongues to ‘divine faith’, could Scott Morrison’s religion be a liability?”, news.com.au, 28 Aug. 2018.)
Sadly, all these Prime Ministers: Kevin Rudd, Tony Abbott, Malcolm Turnbull, Scott Morrison, and Anthony Albanese together disregard the Proverbs 31:4-5 warning against the first drink.
“It is not for kings, O Lemuel,
It is not for kings to drink wine,
Nor for princes …
Lest they drink and forget the law,
And pervert the justice of all the afflicted.”
Interviewer: “Scott [Morrison], what was the last time you were hungover? What was the last time you were a little bit dusty?”
Morrison: “Oh, New Year’s of a couple years ago, yeah … It was a few years ago … about 2018, I think, yeah…”
Interviewers: “Big night.” “What was the weapon, what did it to you?”
Morrison: “Tasmanian whiskey.”
Interviewers: “Aaah! The old whiskey, it will get you every time!”
Morrison: “Yeah, I don’t mind getting together with some mates and friends, and you know, kicking back, and that sort of thing… But in this job, you’ve got to sort of, you’ve got to be up and at it the next day, every day, so.”
Interviewers: “You don’t want to be sweating the whiskey out in parliament, do ya?”
(Prime Minister Scott Morrison interviewed by Jase & PJ, 19 May 2021, audio at 10:23.)
Was not Prime Minister Kevin Rudd also downplaying his religion by means of alcohol? PM Rudd said: “I had had too much to drink. With the benefit of hindsight, I should not have gone on for a further drink. Mr Rudd admitted going onto the [strip] club was a poor choice.”
(“Rudd’s strip club visit”, Sydney Morning Herald, 19 Aug. 2007.)
No Christians should ignore Christ’s warning against alcohol!
“Make sure that you don’t become drunk, hung over, and worried about life. Then that day could suddenly catch you by surprise.” Luke 21:34 (GW) Literally translated, there is no occasion “at any time” when it is ever appropraite for any Christian to ignore the warning from Christ “lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting…” (Luke 21:34 KJV) The word translated surfeiting means a headache from drinking. No Christians should ignore Christ, whether or not they are prime ministers!
“For we have spent enough of our past lifetime in doing the will of the Gentiles—when we walked in lewdness, lusts, drunkenness, revelries, drinking parties, and abominable idolatries. In regard to these, they think it strange that you do not run with them in the same flood of dissipation, speaking evil of you. They will give an account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.“
(1 Peter 4:3-5 NKJV)