When good people are in power, good things happen, and when wicked people are in power, wicked things happen, said Pastor Rafael Cruz, who added that one of the biggest lies promoted in today's culture is that politics, or government, cannot legislate morality, which is in fact something it does all the time.
"The other lie that too many people have believed – this lie sounds very good but it’s a lie – politics cannot legislate morality -- that is a lie," said Rev. Cruz during an April 10 radio interview on the Steve Deace Show.
"Politics legislates morality all the time," he said. "The problem is, if we have the wicked ruling, they are going to legislate their wicked brand of morality.”
Prior to those comments, Pastor Cruz, who heads the evangelical Purifying Fire Ministries, explained that there are many good, righteous people who love America but believe that politics is a "dirty business" and therefore do not get involved or run for public office.
As a result, the unrighteous and unfaithful, the "wicked" run and get elected and rule, and the consequences are disastrous, he said.
“There are a lot of people of principle that will say, oh, politics is a dirty business, I don’t want any part of it," said Pastor Cruz. "There’s a verse of Scripture, Proverbs, chapter 29, verse 2, that says when the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice. When the wicked rule, people mourn."
"When the righteous, the people of principle, the people of faith, the people that have a moral compass are ruling, we see progress, we see happiness, we see things moving forward," he said. "When we have people that don’t believe any of the fundamental principles that made America great, we see chaos."
"But what has happened is this: If the people of principle say that politics isn’t their business, I don’t want any part of it, then what’s left?" he said. "The wicked electing the wicked."
Reverend Rafael Cruz fought against the Communists in Cuba, was arrested there and tortured. He fled the island in 1957 at age 18. He eventually settled in Texas and became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 2005. His Dallas-based church also operates Christian ministries in Mexico and Central America. His wife, Eleanor Wilson Cruz, was born in Wilmington, Del.