Christian theocracy on the rise: Oklahoma Senator-elect James Lankford promises to use his biblical worldview to address national problems.
The two-term Republican congressman discussed his Senate goals Wednesday with Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, vowing to use his biblical worldview to address problems like the national debt.
Lankford, who is a long-time Baptist minister, discussed the book of Nehemiah and the importance of retiring debt and rebuilding infrastructure:
The senator-elect also told Perkins he’ll work to protect the religious rights of all Americans, so they can practice their faith in their businesses. Presumably, Lankford wants business owners to be free to discriminate against LGBT people and others found to be “undesirable.”
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.
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.
We are all pretty frustrated with what is happening in government, let’s lean in, let’s pray through, and let’s do this.
As a congressman, Lankford earned the reputation of being a mean-spirited and condescending politician. Always eager to disparage the downtrodden to make points with his rabid, conservative Christian base, Lankford once went so far as to blame gun violence on “welfare moms”:
We’ve overmedicated kids. Quite frankly some of the overmedication of kids are because welfare moms want to get additional benefits and if they can put them on SSI through maintenance drugs, they can also put them on Social Security disability and get a separate check.
The 46-year-old Lankford is a longtime Baptist minister who spent more than a decade as director of Falls Creek, one of the largest Christian youth camps in the country with more than 50,000 attendees annually.
Bottom line: Offering biblical solutions to national problems is a recipe for disaster.