Christianity is in one of the greatest trials America has seen in modern times, Florida Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll said during a speech Thursday.
Speaking at the Faith and Freedom Coalition rally in Orlando, the Republican official spoke mainly of the adverse times Christians were facing in the world today and the need to continue in faith during her six-minute speech – or what many are dubbing a sermon.
“You know the Bible says faith is believing in what is not seen. Today unfortunately, many in the media would like nothing better than to ridicule Christians,” Carroll lamented.
“They promote ‘The Da Vinci Code,’ they place doubt in the public’s mind that Christ was not risen, and they condemn the ‘Passion of Christ’ yet they sensationalize stories that call for the end of prayer in school and removing the name of God from our countries pledge.”
She added that these are “very sad times when we allow the minority to poison the minds of the majority.”
Carroll is the first black female Republican to be elected to the Florida Legislature and lieutenant governor position. She was among those who spoke to hundreds of people at the coalition rally, with others being GOP presidential candidates Rick Perry and Mitt Romney.
“When it comes to our Christianity there is no gray area. It is either you believe or you don’t believe,” Carroll, also a distinguished Navy veteran, declared to a round of applause. “And if you believe, you believe with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your might.”
Encouraging the audience to trust in God for strength and perseverance like she had during her own trials, the Florida lieutenant governor sought to remind the public of God’s omniscience and his control throughout the “storms” of life.
“I firmly believe that the pathway to blessings is to not forsake God. Give Him what you have and let Him do with it what He can. If you want God to bless you, you must be faithful and obedient.”
She continued, “Our greatest blessings come out of our greatest trials. Ladies and gentlemen, Christianity is in a fight and it is one of the greatest trials we’ve seen in modern times.”
“I firmly believe that if we magnify God our problems will be minimized. Having true, unconditional faith in God and in his beloved son Jesus Christ we will survive the world’s wrongs and receive God’s greatest blessings.”
While many applauded the Florida official’s speech, others held their reservations.
Howard Simon, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union, felt that Carroll and other politicians like her wanted “to force their religious beliefs on others in the state,” as quoted by The Associated Press.
“What the Lt. Gov., Gov. Scott and much of the legislature want is not freedom of religion, but government-funded, government-sponsored and government-enforced religion,” Simon said. “Fortunately, our constitutional values protect every Floridian from politicians who mix religion and public policy for political gain.”
When asked to comment about the speech and Simon’s opinion, the Christian Coalition of Florida provided no immediate response to The Christian Post.