Interesting quotes from some interesting voices on the topic of Politics and Religion in America.
“The Christian people of America will not sit idly by….
They are going to vote as a bloc for the man with the
strongest moral and spiritual platform, regardless of
his views on other matters. I believe we can hold the
balance of power.” -Billy Graham, 1952
“The truth is, politics and morality are inseparable. …
Our government needs the church because only those humble
enough to admit they’re sinners can bring to democracy the
tolerance it requires in order to survive. Without God,
democracy cannot and will not long endure.” -Ronald Reagan, 1984
“Nothing short of a great Civil War of Values rages today
throughout North America. … It is a war over ideas. And someday soon, [we] believe, a winner will emerge and the loser will fade from memory.”
-James Dobson and Gary Bauer, 1990
“They have kept us in submission because they have talked
about separation of church and state. There is no such
thing in the Constitution.” -Pat Robertson, 1993
“I never thought that the government would go so
far afield, I never thought the politicians would become
so untrustworthy, I never thought the courts would go so
nuts to the left, and I misjudged the quality of the government
that we have. Our lack of involvement is probably one of the
reasons why the country’s in the mess it is in. We have defaulted
by failing to show up for the fight.” -Jerry Falwell, 1995
“We should resist the temptation to identify our religious
convictions with the platform of a party or the platitudes
of favored politicians.” -Ralph Reed, 1996
“From the beginning when I founded Operation Rescue, the vision was not solely to end child-killing; the vision was to recapture the power bases of America” -Randall Terry on his larger strategy
[In] 1979 an interesting meeting occurred, very private. Bill Bright called and said that he and Billy Graham had talked, and they had a great concern for the future of our country. This to me was a very significant thing. … He wanted to meet at the at then the Airport Marina Hotel [in Dallas] … They secured a floor, an’ there were ten or twelve of us there [Charles Stanley, Adrian Rodgers, Jimmy Draper, Pat Robertson, Rex Humbard Billy Graham, Bill Bright] …
Billy Graham said, “I believe God has shown me that unless we have a change in America, we have a thousand days as a free nation, three years.” Bill Bright said, “I know. I heard it.” Dr. Graham said, “I’ve just come from overseas”; Bill Bright said, “I have too. I do not believe we’ll survive more than three years as a free nation. It’s that serious.” An’ Bill Bright said, “When I talk to Dr. Graham about this,” I said, “Would you come meet with these other men?” An’ Pat Robertson said, “I believe the same thing” with Charles standing there. I can just remember so well [CLAPS HANDS]; he sort-a jus’ put his hand down on the table with resolve, an’ Charles Stanley said, “I’ll give my life to stop this. I’ll give everything I’ve got to turn this country.” An’ I said, “I just– Me too, I’ll die to turn this county, I’ll–whatever it takes. We can’t lose the country.”
And each man around the room said, “We’re gonna get involved.” Rex Humbard said, “I don’t–I’m uncomfortable politically, I really am, very uncomfortable,” – James Robison, evangelist, on a secret meeting in 1980
“And looking back on it, what has happened is exactly what always happens in situations like that, is when religion allows itself to become the handmaiden of politicians, inevitably more damage is done to the church than to the government, I think. And I think that has been the result here. You know, nothing gives more comfort to the hardened skeptic or the unbeliever, I think, than to have religious leaders chasing around the country invoking God’s Name on behalf of what are clearly secular causes.” -Jody Powell, Press Secretary to Jimmy Carter, on mixing religion and politics
“The run for President was terribly expensive for me and my ministry. When I got back to CBN, I found my absence had led to a fall-off in contributions of seventy-five million dollars a year. In the eight subsequent years we haven’t gotten back to the level that we had in 1976. So the cost in dollars is two, three hundred million dollars, and, you know, that’s– No politician has to pay that price [LAUGHS]. For them it’s an easy thing: They go back to the Senate; it doesn’t cost anything.” -Pat Robertson on running for President again
“We are not coming up against just human beings to beat them in elections. We’re going to be coming up against spiritual warfare.” - Pat Robertson at the 1994 Christian Coalition national strategy conference
“Christians have an obligation, a mandate, a commission, a holy responsibility to reclaim the land for Jesus Christ — to have dominion in civil structures, just as in every other aspect of life and godliness.
But it is dominion we are after. Not just a voice.
It is dominion we are after. Not just influence.
It is dominion we are after. Not just equal time.
It is dominion we are after.
World conquest. That’s what Christ has commissioned us to accomplish. We must win the world with the power of the Gospel. And we must never settle for anything less… Thus, Christian politics has as its primary intent the conquest of the land — of men, families, institutions, bureaucracies, courts, and governments for the Kingdom of Christ” - George Grant, The Changing of the Guard , Biblical Principles for Political Action
Quotes taken from:
The 1996 PBS documentary series, With God on our Side, and…