Christians in politics
Ann Davis serves Virginia’s 1st Congressional District in
the U.S. House of Representatives. She spoke with Managing Editor
Ken Horn during the Assemblies of God’s 50th General Council
in Washington, D.C.
PE: What is the
atmosphere and what are the challenges as a believer involved
I’m not a politician first; I’m a Christian who happens
to be in politics. I feel very strongly that this is the path
that God led me on. I see a lot of ways in Congress, in Washington,
in which God is working. I think now more than ever we have a
godly man in the White House and we have Christians in the House
and Senate. I believe God is trying to move and it’s time
now that we pray and humble ourselves.
PE: How would you
recommend Christians pray for government and for the political
climate in the nation?
I would pray that the leaders in government would have godly wisdom,
that they would listen to the Lord and that they would be bold,
step out and not worry about being politically correct. Pray that
God’s Spirit would descend upon Washington and upon each
and every member of Congress. I ask people to pray that I would
not only have wisdom but that I would be open in my spirit to
hear from God, and that I would be obedient to the Lord.
PE: What are the
issues that Christians should be concerned about?
Issues that impact the family are the ones that concern me the
most — the homosexual agenda, the need for pro-life legislation,
for example. Families are the basis of our nation.
PE: During the continuing
conflict overseas, how should we be praying and supporting our
troops and our leaders?
I serve on the House Armed Services Committee and International
Relations Committee and I have visited our men and women in the
military over in Afghanistan. We need to pray for their safety,
that God will bring them back home to their families.
PE: How did you
come to know Christ?
was saved when I was 25 in 1981. My husband’s sister led
me to the Lord when his mother died.
PE: Describe your
journey into politics.
I spent months asking God to use me. Eventually, I got my real
estate license and opened a real estate company. One of my real
estate agents in 1997 asked me to consider running for the state
legislature against a 15-year incumbent. I was not political in
any way, shape or form. I voted every year for pro-life candidates,
but I didn’t know anything else about them. And then my
friend said those fateful words: “Would you pray about it?”
So I prayed. I started to feel led by the Lord to run. I asked
my husband, knowing that if he said no, I wouldn’t do it.
And he said, “I knew three years ago that you would do something
like this.” I ran for the state legislature in 1997, and
started serving in 1998. I served three years and then the congressman
in my district announced his retirement. I knew that I was supposed
to run for Congress. I did, against all odds. Even the governor
endorsed another candidate, but I knew that the Lord had told
me I was going to Congress. So we ran even though we didn’t
have any money. We won. Here we are.
PE: Any other thoughts?
Just continue praying. There are so many of us in government who
feel those prayers and we know the prayers are what keep us going.
Without prayer, I couldn’t be here.
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