‘We Need God’: Three Little Words About What America Needs Gets Crowd On Their Feet

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Former NFL player and chief executive of the Brewer Group Jack Brewer knows what America needs.

As Americans find themselves divided, hurt, and calling for change, Brewer told President Trump during a roundtable discussion earlier this week: “We need God.”

“I think, right now, like any other time in our nation’s history, we need God,” Brewer humbly said.

Those words ignited the crowd, who immediately rose to their feet in cheerful applause.

“I’m praying to the Holy Spirit to put words on my mouth right now.  And I want our nation to hear me: We need the fear of God,” he added.

Brewer said the country was fighting “spiritual warfare” and that politics was not the answer.

“And as believers, as the church, we have to pray for our President and have his back.  When you raised that Bible up after those folks burnt that church — we are in a spiritual warfare,” he continued.

During the roundtable in Dallas, the Washington Post reports Trump said the country would move forward more prosperous and more united in the fight against racism.

He said racial issues will be solved “very easily. It will go quickly and it will go very easily.”

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“Americans are good and virtuous people,” the president continued. “We have to work together to confront bigotry and prejudice wherever they appear. But we’ll make no progress and heal no wounds by falsely labeling tens of millions of decent Americans as racists or bigots.”

A video of Brewer’s comments is below, followed by a transcript to follow along:

Read a transcript of his comments below, courtesy of the White House:

MR. BREWER:  Thank you, Mr. President.  Thank you, Pastor Morris, for offering your church.  I think, right now, like any other time in our nation’s history, we need God.  (Applause.)  I’m praying to the Holy Spirit to put words on my mouth right now.  And I want our nation to hear me: We need the fear of God.  (Applause.)

Mr. President, you’re the only Republican I’ve ever voted for.  (Applause.)  And I don’t just say that to make you feel good.  Honestly, I — that’s not my goal, man.  I’m saying that because you stood up for the Word of God.  And as believers, as the church, we have to pray for our President and have his back.  When you raised that Bible up after those folks burnt that church — we are in a spiritual warfare.  (Applause.)

We cannot fight this battle with flesh and blood.  We cannot fight this battle with politics.  You cannot politicize oppression.

I grew up right down the street.  I looked at skinheads in the eye at 13 years old.  My black father went to a KKK rally to protect me.  I know what racism is.  So when I hear words get thrown out about white supremacy, it eats me up, because these men aren’t white supremists [sic].  That’s not what they look like.  I’m telling black kids across America right now — we always hear we don’t have black leaders: Look at this table.  (Applause.)  We are not as divided as our politics suggests.  We are not as divided as our politics suggests.

But I’ll tell you what: This President — when I walk into my prisons, I’m blessed.  I teach, in prisons across our nation, men who are broken — the most broken men in our country.  Our Bible teaches us to serve those in prison.  Our Bible teaches us to serve the poor.  And when I walk into my class and I say, “Guys, raise your hand if you’ve gotten your sentence reduced from the FIRST STEP Act,” and every single one of them raised their hand.  (Applause.)  That’s because of you, Mr. President, and that’s because of policy.

But you’re brave enough to go against what everyone else has said about you.  Now I’m calling on you to do more.  We have a real issue in our country.  And the root of it — let’s not get our eye off the enemy — the root of it is fatherlessness.  (Applause.)  Our kids don’t fathers.

Attorney — AG Barr, you said it earlier; you talked about pulling God out.  Do we talk about education?  Well, 71 percent of those kids that drop out of high school don’t have a father in the house.

We talk about criminal justice reform.  You’re five times more likely to go to prison or have a run-in with the police department if you don’t have a father in the house.

We talk about healthcare.  You’re four times more likely to live in poverty if you don’t have a father in the house, which means you’re going to be sicker.

We don’t have to keep looking for the problem when we see it.  Now it’s time for Americans of all color — I’m calling on my white brothers and sisters; I’m calling on my Spanish brothers and sisters: Get out of your bubbles.  Go into the communities that are underserved, and let’s do what Jesus told us to do.  (Applause.)

We can bridge this gap of fatherlessness.  All we got to do is go out of our bubbles, go bridge the gap with these kids, teach them what you teach your kids.  We all have rooms in our homes for a couple — couple of boys that come in and play with our sons and daughters.  Let’s bridge the gap through love and through being what we all know we are.  And that’s one America.  God bless America.