Scott Morrison Is a New Kind of Australian Prime Minister: An Evangelical Christian

merlin_142725519_4bad6c37-a617-4bb2-80fd-6de134495cea-jumboSource: The New York Times

By Rick Rojas


SYDNEY, Australia — At a regular Sunday morning service, before the praise songs and a sermon on resilience, a pastor at one of Sydney’s largest Pentecostal churches mentioned a congregant who was usually among those worshiping there.

Church had always been a part of his life and for the past decade, his spiritual home has been this bustling sanctuary with a cross formed from bright lights.

But he was not with them this past Sunday. On Friday, he became Australia’s newest prime minister.

“I’m incredibly hopeful — hopeful for the future of our generation,” said Alison Bonhomme, a senior pastor at Horizon Church, reflecting on the political tumult that led Scott Morrison to become the country’s leader.

A burst of applause followed.

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