DES MOINES – Two up-and-rising Christian senators spoke before a private gathering of several hundred evangelical pastors last Friday in central Iowa, calling for a return to Christian freedoms and values in America.

Senators Ted Cruz of Texas and Rand Paul of Kentucky each made an appearance at this year’s “Iowa Renewal Project”—a two-day convention attended by approximately 600 pastors from the surrounding region. The event’s theme this year was “Rediscovering God in America,” and—in addition to the two senators—featured historian David Barton of Wallbuilders.

For several years, David Lane—a California-based political activist—has organized similar gatherings in the state of Iowa, with the goal of politically galvanizing evangelical Christians. Though Lane often focuses on the “swing state” of Iowa, his “American Renewal Project” ministry is a nationwide organization committed to restoring America to her Judeo-Christian roots.

“If the key to maintaining sustainable freedom is righteousness—the same virtue that produced freedom—” Lane told CBN News, “what is the greatest threat to freedom? Unrighteousness. America has left God.”

Lane also shared with The Washington Post his conviction that Christians are a potentially powerful voting bloc.

“We are mobilizing this constituency,” he stated. “This is not about Republicans and Democrats. It’s about returning American to its Judeo-Christian heritage … There are 65 to 80 million evangelical Christians in America, but half of them are not registered to vote and half of those who are registered don’t go the polls.”

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