Charismatic talk-show host George Otis of Van Nuys, California, recently interviewed former California governor Ronald Reagan on spiritual and moral issues. Excerpts of Reagan’s views:
The nation. There has been a wave of humanism and hedonism in the land.… However, I am optimistic because I sense in this land a great revolution against that. A feeling of unhappiness, of anchorlessness, I think, is responsible for much of what has happened to our youth. Without guidelines they feel that they are without an anchor.… I think there is a hunger in this land for a spiritual revival, a return to a belief in moral absolutes—the same morals upon which the nation was founded.… When you go out across the country and meet the people you can’t help but pray and remind God of Second Chronicles 7:14, because the people of this country are not beyond redemption. They are good people and believe this nation has a destiny as yet unfulfilled.
Church-state separation. There is a widespread but false interpretation in many areas that separation of church and state means separation from God.… I don’t think he ever should have been expelled [from the schools]. There is a double threat: there is not only the removal of the calling upon God, but … by taking prayer out it appears in the eyes of young people that there has been an official ruling out of God—that he therefore wasn’t of sufficient importance to be in the schools.
Personal spirituality. I certainly know what the meaning of “born again” is today among those who believe in that. I can’t remember a time in my life when I didn’t call upon God.… In my own experience there came a time when there developed a new relationship with God and it grew out of need. So, yes, I have had an experience ...1
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