By Tony Perkins
Over the weekend, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal articulated what most Christians understand; at the heart of what ails America is not a political problem, but a spiritual one:
“We can’t just elect a candidate and fix what ails our country. We can’t just pass a law and fix what ails our country. We need a spiritual revival to fix what ails our country.
“It is like God has given us the book of life. He doesn’t let us see the pages for today and tomorrow, he doesn’t promise us everything will go the way you want, but he does let you see the last page in the book of life. And on the last page, our God wins.”
The comments caught the attention of ABC News’ anchor George Stephanopoulos, who quizzed the Governor in an interview on Sunday. “I was struck by the final line, ‘our God wins,” Stephanopoulos said. “How do you think that lands in a country of 320 million people, of many different kinds of spirituality, many different kinds of faith, many who believe in no god at all?” Governor Jindal responded that he is simply following a long tradition: “It is a time-honored tradition, going back to our nation’s founding, for our presidents, for our leaders to turn to God for guidance, for wisdom. George Washington did it, Abraham Lincoln did it, Harry Truman did it,” he said. “So, absolutely I think this idea of praying to God for wisdom and guidance is as old as our country.” Governor Jindal is exactly right. This is our nation’s history and even today, despite what some in the media would have you believe, the vast majority of Americans continue to recognize God. Three quarters identify as Christians in a recent Gallup survey and more than 9 in 10 “believe in God.”
Despite all the challenges facing America, we should have real hope that there are many people and leaders like Governor Jindal who are standing more boldly than ever before. They’re following the prescription of Scripture to humble themselves before the Lord and pray for the nation. May we be encouraged, as the Psalmist was, that “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we will remember the Name of the Lord our God.”
Tony Perkins is president of the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council. He is a former member of the Louisiana legislature where he served for eight years, and he is recognized as a legislative pioneer for authoring measures like the nation’s first Covenant Marriage law.
(Via FRC’s Washington Update. Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.)
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