He would combine in one association all the moral organizations of America perhaps later, the entire world. He would be the executive of the combination; he would be the super-president of the United States, and some day the dictator of the world.
I've always thought that a providential hand had something to do with the founding of this country, that God had His reasons for placing this land here between two great oceans to tee found by a certain kind of people.
There is no dedicated group of viewers who are emotionally committed to an anchorman. On the other hand, there are millions of viewers who are personally committed to one or another of the electronic churchmen. Thus, they will sit in front of a screen and listen to a lengthy interview, and even try to understand. This puts a major educational tool into the hands of Christian leaders a tool which the humanists cannot match on television because of the "least common denominator" principle which governs the Nielsen rating wars.
I want you to get up now out of your chairs and go to the window! Open it and stick your head out and yell, "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore!"
Millions of Americans have for a long time felt put upon. Theirs is a powerful resentment against values that they believe have been imposed upon them, and an equally powerful sense of outrage at the suggestion that they are the ones who pose a threat to undemocratically imposing values upon others.
The New Englanders are a People of God Settled in those which were once the Devil's Territories, and it may easily be supposed that the Devil was exceedingly disturbed when he perceived such a People here accomplishing the Promise of old made unto our Blessed Jesus, That He should have the Utmost parts of the Earth for his possession.
The overall media ministry of Christ in America has not been as open and as accountable as we should be. We are getting our hands smacked and we deserve it. . . . [W]e have had a little sense of arrogance out there in the church that it is none of your business or anybody else's what we do or how we do it. . . [but] that sense of arrogance is over. . . [W]e are coming to the painful conclusion that if we are public figures leading Christian ministries, using public monies, contributions, then we are publicly responsible.
Starting in the predawn hours of each Sunday morning, the largest religious gathering in America takes place, drawing almost 130 million people to their radio and television sets. What happens is both exciting and miraculous. It involves a new approach to the problem as old as the Bible: how to introduce struggling, helpless individuals to a loving God who wants them to meet Him and be born again. This amazing event takes place every week, all week, from early Sunday morning through the final midnight stroke on Saturday night. Making this possible is the awesome technology of broadcasting, which many consider to be one of the major miracles of modern times; and making it meaningful is the overwhelming love of a God who cares passionately about each one of the world's four billion people. I believe that God has raised up this powerful technology expressly to reach every man, woman, boy, and girl on earth with the even more powerful message of the gospel.
I'm frankly sick and tired of the political preachers across the country telling me as a citizen that if I want to be a moral person, I must believe in "A," "B," "C," and "D.". . . And I am even more angry as a legislator who must endure the threats of every religious group who thinks it has some God-granted right to control my vote on every roll call in the Senate.
Evangelicals face a tough assignment. Secular minds virtually dismiss biblical values as a legitimate basis for public policy. Some are openly hostile, gratuitously tolerating religious beliefs as innocuous enough when confined to the purely personal, but off limits in the "real world."
Are we bigots? Are we trying to force everyone into our narrow molds? Or are we, as Christians, merely trying to act in self-defense?
We have enough votes to run the country.... And when the people say "we've had enough," we are going to take over the country.
A man with a conviction is a hard man to change. Tell him you disagree and he turns away. Show him facts or figures and he questions your sources. Appeal to logic and he fails to see your point.
A prince, says Machiavelli, ought always to be a great asker and a patient hearer of truth about those things of which he has inquired, and he should be angry if he finds that anyone has scruples about telling him the truth.
"There's only one job in the United States and in the world I suppose, that would give me any more opportunity to do good for my fellow man."
Here's what . . . [the people] . . . want in a president. They want somebody, first of all, that is honest and will tell it to them like it is....what people want first is integrity. And the second thing they want is leadership. They want somebody who will be able to be a leader and get things done. The third thing they want is a communicator. They know instinctively that they need a leader who can enunciate noble goals for this country and then mobilize public opinion behind them. That, I think, is more important, in their view, than political experience, which they put down relatively low because there is no experience for that job.... So you have to look at all the other candidates out there and decide which one. fill these roles.
"The most important political idea of the mid-1980s is cultural conservatism. Republican or Democrat, the first 1988 presidential candidate to genuinely grasp the timeliness of this idea-not just make some pro forma utterances about school prayer and abortion-could very quickly find himself with a powerful national constituency."