Texas Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) is calling for a “spiritual revival” across the nation in response to the “spiritual component” on the left, which he said is rooted in godless Marxism.
Speaking with BlazeTV host James Poulos, the onetime presidential hopeful encouraged pastors to take a more aggressive posture against leftists who he claims are trying to replace religion with the “all-powerful state.” Only by speaking up did Jesus Christ leave his mark in the world, said Cruz.
“America desperately needs a spiritual revival. The church needs to be active and engaged,” Cruz told Poulos. “So many pastors are afraid of offending anyone in their congregation. If you’re a pastor and what you say on Sunday morning offends nobody, you’re doing it wrong. That’s not how Jesus did it. When He was flipping over the tables of the moneychangers in the temple, He offended a lot of people, because the truth is intolerable to those who are spreading lies.”
He added that it is no surprise liberals want to be wrapped up in a cause greater than themselves, which he believes is a fundamental human desire. However, he added, the problem is giving in to human leaders who want to exercise “total power and total devotion” over our lives.
“I think that is a fundamental human desire. And for much of human history, it was filled by faith, it was filled by God and in a relationship with God. Today, for much of the modern Left, in their mind they’ve killed God. There is no faith.
“That’s Marxism, that’s who they are. They always, always, always start with the kids; they start with indoctrination. And at the heart of it is destroying any loyalty you might have to anything else — to God, to family, anything other than the all-powerful state, because Marxism fundamentally is about power, and an excuse for the rulers to have total power and total devotion over you.”
Watch Sen. Cruz’s full remarks at The American Tribune.
The modern church, despite differences across denominations, has been a battleground between traditional disciples of Christ who want socially conservative activism and more moderate congregationalists who want its message to adapt with the times. Global strife has drawn renewed interest in Christ, as when aid workers reported that hundreds of Muslims reported shared visions of Christ in Gaza. Former President Donald Trump has his own churchgoing advocates like Jim Caviezel, who starred in “Passion of the Christ” and called on voters to reelect him next year.