Pennsylvania Republican state Rep. Rick Saccone asserted on March 2 that God wants Christians to rule the country in government positions (video below).
Saccone made his comments during an interview with Sam Rohrer of the American Pastors Network on the "Stand In The Gap" radio show, notes Right Wing Watch.
Saccone said the government is affecting the lives of Christians by requiring permits for churches to do bathroom repairs and requiring background checks for employees. He followed those examples with a warning:
And if you don't get involved in government, the government will get involved in you, and you won't like the results. The government will run over you, and you won't have any say it. So Christians have to stand up and make sure that they have a say in their government and that they're protecting their rights and our religious liberties which are being trampled on every day across this nation. If we don’t speak out, those liberties will be taken away. You can see it day after day, case after case.
After Rohrer expressed concern about Christians who are not involved with politics, Saccone told the audience that God wanted godly men and women to rule in government or the "bad people" would:
God has set out a plan for us. He wants godly men and women in all aspects of life. He wants people who will rule with the fear of God in them to rule over us. And if they don't, then the evil side will take over and the government will control and run over the good people and so they have to stand up, that's just part of it. If you don't have good people in government, then you'll have bad people in government, and when bad people are reigning over us, the people will not be happy.
Saccone announced on Feb. 27 that he is running against Democratic Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania in 2018, and painted a bleak picture of the U.S. in a press release, notes the Observer-Reporter:
Our country is in peril because of poor leadership.
We elected our new president to place us on the right track, but the work is not done. Our political culture is upside-down. I went to Harrisburg and worked with other legislators to help clean up that mess with no retreat, no pulling back, no compromising our values because we had the people of Pennsylvania on our side.
And now there is Washington, D.C., (and) eight years of an extreme progressive agenda running rampant, destroying our country: Obamacare, (Veterans Administration) scandals, the rise of ISIS. It has been a mess for so long people have almost given up.
We will set the country back on the right course, and then I will come home.