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A sense of po­lit­i­cal ur­gency is sur­fac­ing in the faith com­mu­nity. In Touch Min­istries founder Charles Stan­ley is en­cour­ag­ing Amer­i­cans “to get down on their knees to pray, then get up on their feet and be­come in­volved,” to re­verse a wor­ri­some tide of events.

Mr. Stan­ley out­lines his plan in “Turn­ing the Tide: Real Hope, Real Change,” a book to be pub­lished in late June. He in­sists our coun­try turn away from one that “is headed for fi­nan­cial bank­ruptcy, is be­com­ing more and more taxed with gov­ern­ment pro­grams that ben­e­fit only those in lead­er­ship po­si­tions, is neg­li­gent in the han­dling of Is­rael and has lit­tle re­gard for the in­no­cent, es­pe­cially the rights of the un­born, the el­derly, and the hand­i­capped.”

The cler­gy­man is also con­vinced that the nation views “a sin­less, peace-giv­ing, benev­o­lent Je­sus as one to be vil­i­fied,” adding, “It’s time that we take re­spon­si­bil­ity for the direc­tion of our coun­try and be­come in­volved both at a civic level and through fer­vent prayer.”

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