American Pastors Network leaders are bemoaning the results of the midterm elections. On last week’s Stand in the Gap podcast, in a segment dubbed “When the People Choose Sin,” APN founder Sam Rohrer asked what would be the “predictable end result” of “a nation and a people who voluntarily choose constitutional enemies or policies that advance clear evil or sin as described by God himself.” The answer, according to his co-host Gary Dull, is that God will withhold blessing and bring forth judgment.
What did voters do that would merit such judgment? Among the evils Rohrer mentioned were the defeat by Oregon voters of a referendum to restrict public funding for abortion, the passage of a marijuana legalization measure by Michiganders, and the election to Congress by voters in Wisconsin and Michigan of two “devout Muslim women who hold to a view of God and law and morality that is completely opposite to our Constitution.”
Like most Religious Right groups, the American Pastors Network was hoping and praying for a conservative sweep in the midterm elections. It promoted a national day of prayer for the midterms on October 30, asking God to “put into office those who will stand for biblical principles in all of their governance.” During the summer, Rohrer had declared, “We want people in office who think like God thinks,” suggesting that Christians should not vote for a Muslim or atheist. Last year, he said people who oppose Trump’s immigration policies are on the side of the Antichrist.
On the November 8 podcast, Rohrer explained that the problem with electing Muslims to Congress is that “Islamic ideology is absolutely opposed to constitutional rule of law, and the understanding of God and moral truth as incorporated within our Ten Commandments.”
And that brings us to what APN sees at the election’s bright spot—the “improvement” in the “quality and quantity” of conservative Republican senators, which could lead to more conservative Supreme Court justices. And that could lead to the return of organized prayer and Bible reading to public schools.
The APN guys discussed Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s health challenges and Justice Stephen Breyer’s age. And co-host David New said that people in the Trump administration will be lobbying Clarence Thomas to step down, even though he is a reliably right-wing vote, because they would like to replace the 70-year-old Thomas with another 50-something justice like Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.
New’s dream, he said, is that with six conservatives on the court, landmark church-state rulings could be overturned, and organized prayer and Bible readings returned to public schools.