Scott Morrison reveals his ‘very strong personal faith’ keeps him from getting stressed during Covid-19
Scott Morrison has revealed that his “wonderful family” and “strong personal faith” keep him from getting too stressed while running the country.
The Prime Minister, 53, is a devout Pentecostal who began dating his wife Jenny in the year 12 after they met at the Waverley Gospel Chapel youth group in eastern Sydney.
In an interview on KIIS FM radio on Monday morning, Mr Morrison said his faith has enabled him to cope with the stress of managing the Covid-19 pandemic.
Pictured: The Prime Minister and his wife Jenny sing during an Easter Sunday service at Horizon Church in Sutherland in 2019
While discussing the vaccine rollout in the country, host Kyle Sandilands asked, “You know it’s all on your shoulders. You seem to be handling it pretty well, are you in a good stress level? You must have a great stress level?’
Mr Morrison replied: ‘Well, that’s the same whether it’s Covid or something else, that’s the Prime Minister’s job, you sign for that.
“I have a wonderful family and, people probably know, I have a very strong personal faith.
“It’s a personal thing, but we all have the things that drive us forward every day and I get a lot of encouragement from people all over the country, some people are really nice, Kyle,” he said.
Sandliands asked Mr Morrison if his busy work schedule meant that his wife was “in charge” of the household.
“Jenny keeps me very real, may I just say that,” the Prime Minister replied.
“She keeps our family together and when you have a life in politics there is a lot of stress and strain in the family.
“Keeping your family together is very important… my first job is father and husband and of course Prime Minister,” he said.
The Prime Minister, 53, is a devout Pentecostal who began dating his wife Jenny (pictured with daughters Lily and Abbey) in 12 years after they met at the Waverley Gospel Chapel youth group
Jenny Morrison is pictured with daughters Lily and Abbey in official photos taken at Kirribilli House
In an interview with the Weekend Australian, the prime minister said he prays almost every day – on his knees if possible – and reads the Bible from his phone, lately flipping through the Old Testament.
Although his religious journey began in childhood, he did not join the Pentecostal faith until adulthood—which has controversial practices, such as speaking in tongues and claiming to heal through the laying on of hands.
As a Christian, Mr Morrison and his family attended the Presbyterian Church in Waverley, Sydney’s eastern suburbs, as a child.
But it wasn’t until Year 7 that he would make the decision to commit to becoming an active Christian for the rest of his life.
While attending a Christian youth organization camp in Melbourne, Mr. Morrison felt compelled to make a promise to serve Jesus forever.
“In that camp I gave my life to the Lord on January 11, 1981. I was 12. I felt it tremendously that day,” he told The Australian.
“It’s a confession of remorse. I felt that movement, to get up. I spent the rest of the day with the chaplain.’
Morrison said his choice was completely personal, with his religious parents urging him to wait until he was ready to make the move.
A few years later, his brother, Alan, who had also dedicated himself to God, baptized him in their family church.
Mr Morrison (pictured around age five) grew up religiously and regularly attended a Presbyterian church in Waverley with his parents
Mr Morrison (pictured alongside his wife Jenny, daughters Lily and Abbey and mother Marion) has been a member of Horizon Church, south Sydney, for over a decade.
Mr Morrison met his wife Jenny through the Waverley Gospel Christian Brethren youth group, and the couple began dating in Year 12 and later married in 1990.
A decade later, the Morrisons’ faith would evolve from their Presbyterian roots to Pentecostalism.
During a work trip to New Zealand, the couple attended a service at the Christchurch Brethren Assembly and developed a taste for the dynamic style of church worship, which includes shouting, clapping, singing and dancing.
“When we returned to Australia in July 2000, we really appreciated that style of church and went to Hillsong Church in Waterloo. [in inner Sydney]. It’s a little different from the one in the Hills,’ he said.
“It suited us, it was big, we made a lot of friends. Later we went to ShireLive. It is now called Horizon Church. I’ve never been so concerned about denominations. I just like a communal, Bible-based church.”
Morrison and his family have been members of Sutherland Shire’s Horizon Church, in southern Sydney, for over a decade.
He said he does not participate in the church’s custom of “speaking in tongues,” a practice of uttering speech-like sounds, which is believed to be the Holy Spirit enabling them to pray — but he insists it isn’t. strange as it sounds.
Morrison has previously said he and wife Jenny (pictured together) were called upon to do ‘God’s work’ by leading the country
However, the prime minister says his private relationship with God includes “trying to pray every day,” a gesture he describes as a “major act of submission,” and he regularly reads from a Bible on his phone.
While religion is central to his life and he “couldn’t function without his faith,” Mr Morrison also emphasizes that it does not dictate his policies and he finds it unfair for people to suggest that his faith is related to his decisions in office.
The revelation comes just months after Mr Morrison revealed he was involved in the Pentecostal act of offering “spiritual healings” during his tenure.
In April, the Prime Minister attended Australia’s Christian Churches Conference in the Gold Coast, where he told cheering fellow parishioners that he and Jenny were “called to do God’s work” by leading the country.
He and said he often prayed at work and engaged in the evangelical tradition of “laying on of hands,” used to confer a spiritual blessing, after doing so earlier this year during a visit to the cyclone that hit Pilbara. region in Western Australia.
“I’ve been in evacuation centers where people thought I was just giving someone a hug and I was praying, and people put my hands on… laying hands on and praying in different situations,” he said.
“God, I believe, used us in those moments to give some relief and comfort and just some reassurance.”