(CNS News) -- Former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Dr. Ben Carson spoke at the Family Research Council’s Pray Vote Stand Summit last week in Atlanta, Ga., explaining why the federal government “will not save our nation” but that “we the people,” regular citizens, can save our country.
Carson, is a retired pediatric neurosurgeon, best-selling author, and the founder of the American Cornerstone Institute. The mission of the institute is to “strengthen the bonds that hold our country together by promoting conservative, commonsense solutions to the issues facing our society.”
“We’ve kept it (a republic) for almost 250 years,” said Dr. Carson at the summit. “It is at the most tenuous spot right now that it has ever been in. We have forces that want to fundamentally change our nation, and the only thing that is going to save our nation is, we the people.”
“The government will not save our nation because governments do what governments do,” he said. “They grow, they infiltrate and they dominate, which is the reason our founders worked so hard to give us a Constitution that would control the government.”
Carson reminded Americans of the importance of voting to keep those who want to be government-centric out of office and those who are people-centric in office.
Carson also spoke on the the Supreme Court’s ruling that overturned Roe v. Wade.
“What was done on June 24 was just correcting a grave ill,” said Carson. “Major decisions about life and death should be in the hands of the people and their elected representatives, not in the hands of unelected judges.”
“I think it’s so important that we understand that so many of these young women end up in a difficult situation and they don’t know which way to go. And some of them make a mistake that they regret for the rest of their lives,” he added. “Those people need help too. But we also need to make it much easier to adopt babies and much less expensive, much less red tape, so that can be done appropriately.”
The second annual Pray Vote Stand Summit served to equip and encourage people through discussing current issues that impact faith, family, and freedom through the lens of a biblical worldview. Other notable speakers at the summit included Mike Huckabee, Allie Stuckey, and Todd Starnes.