The Role of Christians and Pastors in Civil Government


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“The Role of Christians and Pastors in Civil Government: Part III”

“Of all the dispositions and habits which lend to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of Patriotism who should labor to subvert these great Pillars of human happiness.” George Washington, 1796

“We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by religion and morality …. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to any other.” John Adams, Second President, 1798

“There is a universal language (in America’s historic declarations) which affirms that this is a religious nation, … a mass of organic utterances that this is a Christian nation.” U.S. Supreme Court, 1892

“Without God, there could be no American form of government, nor an American way of life. Recognition of the Supreme Being is the first – and most basic – expression of Americanism. Thus the Founding Fathers saw it, and thus with God’s help, it will continue to be.” Dwight Eisenhower, 1955

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VFIA 171: Role of Pastors & Christians in Civil Government Pt. 3 from Dean Welty on Vimeo.

With only 32 days left until the elections, we must ask ourselves: “How have we strayed so far from our religious and moral foundations? Just as importantly, what can we now do to help rebuild the great Judeo-Christian ‘pillars’ on which America was founded and has prospered?”

For some answers to those big questions, please join us this weekend on Valley Faith in Action as we review the Jericho Plan for confronting strongholds of evil in our culture today, the Nehemiah Plan for rebuilding the broken-down walls of America, and the grand plan for a Third Great Awakening and National Restoration in America.

We will also feature David Barton for this, the final edition of his 11-part series on America’s Godly Heritage. For example:

  • Which is more important to good government? Is it the laws on the books, such as our Constitution, or is it the men and women who write, interpret, and enforce those laws?
  • What is our role as “We the People” in determining the character and integrity of our government leaders?

Dean_Welty_and_David_BartonDavid Barton (left) is an Honoree of the Virginia Christian Alliance and is the Founder and President of WallBuilders, a national pro-family organization that presents America’s forgotten history and heroes, with an emphasis on our moral, religious and constitutional heritage.  Dean Welty (right) serves on the Board of Directors for the Virginia Christian Alliance and is Director of the Valley Family Forum, a network of families in the Shenandoah Valley that helps build Faith, Family, and Freedom in the culture and in the public square. He also hosts a weekly television program entitled “Valley Faith in Action“.


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About the Author

Dean Welty
Dean Welty is Founder and Director of the Valley Family Forum, a network of families in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia that works to defend and advance issues of Life, Faith, Family, and Freedom in the culture and in the public square. He has developed and led numerous seminars on “America’s Godly Heritage” and “Capstone: The Christian’s Role in Culture and Public Policy”, hosted a weekly television program entitled “Valley Faith in Action”, and is co-host of a weekly radio program entitled “Crossroads: Where Faith and Culture Meet”. He is a former public school teacher, overseas missionary, and senior diplomat with assignments in Asia, Washington, New York with the U.S. Mission to the UN, and as a Congressional Fellow on Capitol Hill. Dean and his wife Janet live in Harrisonburg, VA.