A Southern Baptist evangelist who orchestrated the first gathering of what became known as the Religious Right in 1980 is now seeking to mobilize a new coalition of Catholic, Protestant and evangelical voters to save America’s economy.
James Robison, at the time an influential Southern Baptist evangelist, organized the first National Affairs briefing in Dallas where candidate Ronald Reagan famously told 20,000 people, including more than 5,000 Christian ministers, “I know that you can’t endorse me, but I want you to know that I endorse you and what you are doing.”
“We actually voted a Baptist Sunday school teacher out and voted a former principal Hollywood actor in who really understood the times,” Robison, founder and president of LIFE Outreach International, a Christian relief organization and host of LIFE Today, a daily syndicated television program, said on the March 17 broadcast of the Richard Land Live radio program.
In a previously recorded interview promoting a new book that he wrote with Discovery Institute fellow and Roman Catholic Jay Richards, Robison said voters going into the 1980 presidential election were mobilized by the visible threat posed by the Soviet Union.
“In 1980 you could see the enemy,” Robison said. “It was quite obvious to most people that we had a very serious threat. Today the enemy is within. It lurks in a very subtle and crafty way.”
That doesn’t mean the threat isn’t just as real, he insisted.
“If we who know the truth do not point to the truth and stand for the truth and really get involved to turn back the tide … we are going to see in horrific 3D the collapse of the United States of America economically,” Robison warned.
Robison said his new book, Indivisible: Restoring Faith, Family, and Freedom Before It’s Too Late, is aimed at a new coalition of Christian voters “who really do understand the solid foundation upon which this nation was built and upon which all sane societies must stand.”
“I believe that they recognize the imperative of coming together to really offset this tidal wave of overpowering government control and a world view that literally mocks God and mocks the sacred, including the family, including the preciousness of life.”
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SOURCE: Associated Baptist Press