By Vera | 7 November 2014
Oklahoma’s Republican Senator-elect, James Lankford, has some interesting views on how he’ll combat the big challenges America is facing. On Wednesday, Lankford told Family Research Council president Tony Perkins that he plans to stay true to his roots as a Baptist minister and that he’s going to use a ‘Biblical worldview’ for guidance.
“Budget, for me, is still a huge area. The people have started to step back and say, ‘Well, our deficit is only $480 billion now so we are doing much better in deficit.’ We still have $480 billion. That’s a big deal.”
Revealing that he takes inspiration from the Bible when it comes to addressing current issues, the 46-year-old congressman explained:
“I come from a biblical worldview in the way I address issues. I look at Nehemiah and how he handled things when he stepped into Jerusalem. It was that the people were in disgrace and the wall was broken down, but the two things that he focused in on was the constructive side of things and the debt. Half of the Book of Nehemiah is just getting the people out of debt, so they could actually take on the other things.”
“We can’t handle national defense right now, we can’t handle a lot of things that we need to and that need to be driven by the states because we have so much debt… We have proved that our nation really is slave to the lender.”
Lankford also vowed to protect every American’s religious rights, and encouraged people to pray as much as they complained.
“We are all pretty frustrated with what is happening in government, let’s lean in, let’s pray through, and let’s do this.”
You can watch the five-minute clip below:
Before he “sensed a calling” to run for Congress in 2008, Lankford worked as a youth pastor. Despite obvious differences from his former gig to his present one in politics, Lankford still believes that his main purpose – serving Christ – has never changed. He said:
“For me and my Christian worldview. I feel like and I’m doing the same thing now I was 5 years ago or 10 years ago. I’m trying to follow Christ today. That’s what I’m trying to do today. … This happens to be where He has me for right now.”
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