As Americans focus on President Obama’s State of the Union address, they should also consider the spiritual state of the Union, Southern Baptist Convention President Ronnie Floyd said during an appearance on the Fox News Channel Jan. 20.
“I believe it’s time that the faith leaders of our country stand up and encourage our country to return to God,” Floyd said via Skype on Fox’s “The Real Story.” “This country was based off of a strong Christian faith many, many years ago, and it’s time that we understand that no longer can we check our faith at the door like a piece of luggage.”
Floyd added, “The greatest need in America today is a spiritual awakening.”
In a blog article posted on the Fox website (also posted today on Baptist Press) to accompany his television appearance, Floyd, pastor of Cross Church in Northwest Arkansas, outlined four of America’s greatest spiritual needs:
— “We need to repent.”
— “We need to return to God.”
— “We need the church to wake up.”
— “We need spiritual awakening.”
Followers of Jesus must apply biblical teaching to issues being discussed in the public square, Floyd told host Gretchen Carlson.
“The church, for some reason, at times refuses to get involved in the process of our nation,” Floyd said. “And involvement means that we need to be strong about our faith, but we need to do so with compassion and with hope. But we cannot just sit on the sideline and leave the future of our country to the rest of this world.”
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SOURCE: Baptist Press