WASHINGTON — In a recent speech on the House floor, Republican Representative Louie Gohmert of Texas explained that throughout the Bible, God protects nations that honor Him, but destroys nations that turn away from His rule.
Gohmert was speaking about the persecution of Christians around the world, including the in Middle East, and the mainstream media’s avoidance of the topic.
“Christians in the Middle East and around the world are being persecuted, imprisoned and martyred for their faith,” he said. “There is widespread systemic violence, and no one in the mainstream media and government seems to have noticed.”
“We may see the elimination and extinction of Christianity in its very birthplace, without a whimper of protest from the West,” he lamented.
He then began to speak about God’s protections on Israel in the Bible, as well removal of His hand from the nation when it stopped honoring Him.
“[N]o country has ever fallen while it was truly honoring the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob,” he said. “So, if you were completely a-religious, completely atheistic, but you wanted to have [your country] safe and protected, then it would sound like from historical purposes, that it might be a good thing to encourage those who believe in God to keep doing so.”
“Because when a nation’s leaders honor that God,” he continued, “that nation is protected. It’s only when it turns away that it falls.”
In 1798, President John Adams made similar statements in proclaiming a national day of humiliation, prayer and fasting.
“As the safety and prosperity of nations ultimately and essentially depend on the protection and blessing of Almighty God, and the national acknowledgment of this truth is not only an indispensable duty which the people owe to Him,” he wrote, “…this duty, at all times incumbent, is so especially in seasons of difficulty and of danger, when existing or threatening calamities—the just judgments of God against prevalent iniquity—are a loud call to repentance and reformation.”
Gohmert, a Sunday School teacher at Green Acres Baptist Church in Tyler, Texas, said in his speech that America has fallen from its glory days and is turning its back on the followers of Christ.
“Now we have turned full circle, and we are starting to … reward those abroad who persecute the very churches that made America the freest country,” he stated. “We are losing our exceptionalism because we are refusing to stand up for Christians here and around the world.”
Gohmert ended his address by pleading with the Obama administration to stop supporting foreign nations that persecute those who follow the God of the Bible.
“Quit rewarding them. Quit providing them arms,” he said. “Because if we don’t, we will slip down the slide of history and into the dustbin of history, and people will only be able to look back and say, ‘What an amazing country that once was.'”