In the legendary movie, The Princess Bride, after Vizzini exclaims “Inconceivable!” for seemingly the hundredth time, Inigo Montoya finally responds with:
You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.
I often hear this quote when I hear people like Tony Abbott or Scott Morrison talking about their christianity.
Tony in particular. Our current Prime Minister started studying for the priesthood but eventually left to pursue a career first in journalism and then in politics. Tony wears his christianity like a badge of honour, and equally a shield against criticism.
Tony decries marriage equality because of his christian background.
Tony decries abortion because of his christian background.
Tony’s actions in the public space seem to indicate he’s far more interested in the rich than the poor, the healthy than the infirm. After all, as Health Minister in the Howard Government he didn’t have much nice to say about Bernie Banton when he was dying of mesothelioma, and Tony’s government seems to think that people who work evenings and weekends do so because they like to and therefore penalty rates should be re-evaluated.
But most of all, Tony believes that asylum seekers, refugees who are fleeing for their lives from dangerous situations, are illegals, are dangerous, and should be turned back.
Forgetting everything else about religion, Christ advocated helping those in need, of favouring the poor over the rich, and of helping the sick and the infirm. Christ didn’t speak out against same sex marriage or abortion or penalty rates.
Tony keeps using the word Christian, but I don’t think it means what he thinks it means.