A Marriott Hotel ballroom in Des Moines was a place of prayer for our country and leaders in the Pastors and Pews conference “Rediscovering God in America.” Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Rand Paul (R-KY) spoke with “hundreds” of pastors praying for them. Reince Preibus, Chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC) accompanied the Senators, was prayed for and knelt at the alter with Cruz and Paul. Read below about David Lane, the organizer of the event who one blogger deems a “Christian Nation Extremist” and The New York Times, “something of a stealth weapon for the right.”
Ted Cruz, who received a warm greeting, spoke for about 30 minutes and then took questions from the audience. He outlined how he championed religious freedom cases ranging from the Ten Commandments to the Mojave Cross case. He touched on how to go about eliminating Obamacare; he called for abolishing the IRS (which received a standing ovation), and on the issue of marriage he said, “There’s no issue where we need to be more on our knees…we are facing an assault on marriage.”
On spiritual matters, he told the pastors that, “We are in a battle to turn this country around.” Later, in a one-on-one sit-down interview with The Brody File, he said this country is badly in need of spiritual revival (More on those comments coming Monday). He charged the pastors to step up and speak boldly about the issues facing our country today. He compared all of them to Esther, saying the biblical woman was put in a position of leadership, “for such a time as this.”
As for Rand Paul, he spoke for about 20 minutes and then the pastors prayed for the senator and his wife Kelly. Paul spent the bulk of his time explain how liberty, freedom, and virtue go hand in hand. His biggest applause lines came when he talked about his dedication to the pro-life issue and how he believes America needs to cut off aid to countries that hate America.
He briefly addressed his foreign policy views, explaining that we should be focused on peace not war. He invoked the name of Jesus saying how He says in the Bible, “Blessed are the peacemakers.” However, he made clear that he was not against war and if war was necessary, he would make sure America would win it decisively (More from my one-on-one sit-down interview with Rand Paul coming on Monday as well)
While getting more evangelicals to the polls is a political goal of the conference, there is a much deeper spiritual purpose. These pastors want to see spiritual revival in America. Speaker after speaker implored them to simply preach the word from the Bible and leave the outcome to God. A big theme was praying for another Great Awakening in this country but the pastors here agreed that it could only come if evangelicals truly repent and get down on their knees in prayer. In other words, there won’t be any Great Awakening if Christians don’t get serious in their prayer life.
David Lane (56), a Californian who began an effort to mobilize pastors from sea-to-shining-sea:
 ”What we’re doing with the pastor meetings is spiritual, but the end result is political,” Mr. Lane said in a rare interview, outside the doors of the Iowa meeting. ”From my perspective, our country is going to hell because pastors won’t lead from the pulpits.”…
Mr. Lane first started arranging pastor conferences in Texas and California in the 1990s, but the effort has grown in the last five years. The meetings, which cost many tens of thousands of dollars, have been largely paid for by the Mississippi-based American Family Association, he said. Source: New York Times
If you are not aware of David Brody’s The Brody File, he explains it:
The Brody File: Don’t mess with us. We’re everywhere. We’re the exclusive place for the intersection of faith and politics. Remember our motto: We’re a combination of Meet the Press, a dash of Comedy Central and a sprinkling of Jesus!
Brody has more to come this week on Pastors and Pews. All photos are courtesy of CBN’s The Brody File, linked copiously above.
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