(FRONT LINES OHIO) -- NORTH CENTRAL OHIO — Is America too young to die? Some people believe this is the most critical time in America’s history. While citizens want to engage the culture, many believe it is a leap of faith to have pastors involved in civic government. There is a growing trend in the Buckeye Bible Belt, not of separation of church and state, but rather the vindication of church and state.
Reverend El Akuchie points out over half of the signers of the Declaration of Independence were educated at schools founded to train ministers. While the clergyman has never run for office before, last week he was sworn in as Third Ward Mansfield City Councilman. He believes clergy with a Biblical worldview can be the juggernaut.
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“When pundits say the church should stay out of politics, they turn a blind eye to the reality that there is just as much politics in church as there is in the world.” Akuchie went on to say, “I am of the opinion the Biblical issues of our day have been disguised as political issues. Since GOD created government, we need to tear the mask off and get more missionaries into government. What better candidate than the pastor? If we take courage, our society can still be redeemed.”