Congress has its hands full keeping the Obama administration in check, and in most Americans’ opinion, leaders could use some help — from the church. The key to confronting the President’s agenda may be as simple as encouraging more pastors to speak out. So said 61% of Americans surveyed in FRC’s latest poll — the results of which we announced yesterday at the National Religious Broadcasters Convention (NRB) in Nashville. With Christianity under attack as never before, the country is looking to its spiritual leaders to engage in the fight. As our First Freedom, religious liberty serves as the foundation for all other freedoms — which will all be at risk if it crumbles. If pastors would just speak to the issues from a redemptive heart, most people agree that we would see this country turn around.
Rafael Cruz, director of Purifying Ministries and father of U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) thinks that more boldness from the pulpit could have a profound effect on the state of our nation. At yesterday’s news conference, he the press, “Too many pastors have been intimidated by a concept of separation of church and state not found in the Constitution.” His comments were echoed by Dr. Robert Jeffress, senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Dallas, who insisted, “No president in history has launched an attack on religious liberty like President Obama. If pastors remain AWOL on this issue like they have on others, we will lose the war for religious freedom that our forefathers gave their life’s blood to provide.”
Marie Coppola February 2014