Christians in America should not hesitate to engage in national affairs, according to minister and national speaker Rafael Cruz.
“Christians have been lied to and have believed the lies, have been drinking the Kool-Aid for too long with things like so-called separation of church and state, which of course is neither in the Constitution nor in the Declaration,” Cruz said Thursday on the Breitbart News Daily radio program.
Cruz, the father of GOP presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and the author of the new book “A Time for Action: Empowering the Faithful to Reclaim America,” believes too many pastors interpret Jesus’ commandment to “render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s” to mean they must divorce themselves completely from civic society.
However, in doing that they ignore something else Jesus commanded, according to Cruz.
“If we follow the teachings of Jesus, he said that we are to be salt and light,” Cruz stated. “Well, light is worthless unless you point it to darkness.”
He believes too many pastors for too long have been “hiding behind the pulpit,” refusing to address political issues for fear of losing their tax exemption or driving angry congregants away from the church. These pastors are afraid of being criticized, but as Cruz noted, the only surefire way to avoid criticism is to not make an impact.
“When you make an impact, you can be sure that those that disagree with you will be speaking loudly, so persecution is something that shows you that Christians are making an impact,” Cruz said. “I mean, the reason why there’s so much persecution of Christians is that the message of Christ is a life-changing message, and it threatens those who don’t believe in Christ.”
The minister urged Christians to take the message of Christ outside the church and “shout it from the rooftops.”
He said it’s especially important for American Christians to get involved in civic affairs given the unique history and structure of the U.S. government.
Cruz pointed out that throughout history, most governments have followed the same man-made model: Authority flowed from God to the government to the people. Kings and tyrants used that model to justify oppression of their people, claiming God gave them the authority to do whatever they wanted to do.
On the other hand, the framers of the U.S. Constitution, whom Cruz believes were inspired by God, instituted a different model of government.
“No longer does authority come from God to the government to the people, but rather authority comes from God to the people to the government,” Cruz lectured. “All authority under the Constitution is placed upon ‘We the people.’
“And I’ll tell you what, with that authority comes an awesome responsibility for us to elect righteous leaders, elect leaders that have a love for America, a love for the people of America, that want to be servants – not dictators, but servants – to we the people.”
Cruz said he thinks humility is a key trait an American leader must possess, and Barack Obama is not a humble man.
“If you listen to any speech of Obama, the word that most often he says is ‘I,'” Cruz noted. “And he’s all about himself; he’s very egocentric. And, you know, Jesus said he who wants to be the greatest must become the servant of all. And I think the greatest quality of leadership is servanthood. It needs to be a purpose of leadership to serve others, and when we look at the highest position in the land, it’s to serve every citizen of the United States of America.”
In the late 1970s and 1980s, Cruz helped mobilize millions of Christians to elect a man he considered a great servant and great leader: Ronald Reagan. Cruz emphasized that Christians were able to elevate Reagan to the presidency back then without many of the resources they have today.
“In 1980, we didn’t have Internet, we didn’t have Facebook, we didn’t have Twitter, we didn’t have bloggers, we didn’t have email, we didn’t even have conservative radio; but we the people elected Ronald Reagan,” Cruz recalled.
Therefore, Christians today, with so many outlets at their disposal, have no excuse to not band together and elect another faithful and principled president.
“We need for the church, we need for people of principle, people of faith to unite and coalesce around a candidate that upholds the principles that have made America great and that will stand and fight for those principles,” Cruz declared.
Listen to the interview: