An evangelical Christian leader is urging pastors to run for political office, insisting that it’s the only way to “save” America.
Founder of the American Renewal Project, David Lane, told the Washington Post: “Government is not going to save America. Wall Street is not going to save America. The Republican Party is not going to save America. If America is going to be saved it will be done by Christian men and women restoring a Judeo-Christian culture to the country”.
Lane believes that more Christians are needed across the public square, and – inspired by his own pastor who ran for state assembly in California – has organised a meeting to encourage others to do the same. He hopes that hundreds will respond to his call.
“If 1,000 pastors in 2016 felt like the Lord was calling them to run for office, and they each had 300 volunteers, then that’s 300,000 people on the grass-roots level,” he said.
“The Constitution says the state is to keep out of the church, it doesn’t say the church is to keep out of the state…It’s part of a spiritual battle. If we are going to survive as a nation, we have to have a spiritual resurrection.”
Lane is also hoping that if more Christians are working in the public arena, then more believers will take an active interest in politics.
“We have a Christian responsibility to engage people and get out the vote,” he said.