Caucus Unites Lawmakers Through Prayer

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For years, many lawmakers in Washington have gathered to pray before voting on big issues, and for the nation's leadership.

Now, two congressmen on opposite sides of the aisle lead the Congressional Prayer Caucus, which strives to keep America's religious heritage alive.

CBN News Chief Political Correspondent David Brody spoke with Rep. Randy Forbes, R-Va., and Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., about faith, prayer, and restoring civility in politics.  Click play for their comments.

The pair agreed that although they don't always see eye to eye on politics, they remain friends and are committed to working together.

"Mike and I may disagree on issues, but you would never find a situation where I would say anything bad about Mike, or I don't think he would say anything bad about me," Forbes said. "He and I both have had a mission to see if we can bring more members of Congress together and one of the things that really can unite us is our faith."

"The bottom line is, it's where our hearts are, and we both have a heart for public service. Obviously, both of us have a heart for the Lord and know this is a calling to answer," McIntyre added. "It's a very difficult mission field. A lot of people don't think of Washington as a mission field, but I know when I share with people back home to pray for us."

Forbes said the Prayer Caucus, which is made up of a bipartisan group of 69 lawmakers, meets Monday or Tuesday nights before votes.

"We immediately go into a room, it's room 219, and we pray. We pray for the country, we pray for other people in need around the country," he said. "It started off (with) just a couple of us. Now it's standing room only -- Republicans and Democrats."

"The other thing we're both excited about is we are seeing prayer caucuses now springing up in state legislators all across America," Forbes continued. "And our goal is to ultimately have prayer caucuses in every state legislature in the country and in every municipality and actually link them together."

McIntyre hopes Christians will learn from the caucus the importance of working together and not being judgmental.

"Before we open our mouths and engage our tongue to tear someone down or to say you're wrong, or to stand up and say we become the judge when we know ultimately God is the judge of the heart -- that idea of prayer is so important," he explained. "And I think that secondly before we engage that, we prepare ourselves for that kind of discussion or debate."

"It doesn't have to mean you have to compromise your beliefs or how strong you feel, but it should temper the way that you treat someone else in terms of realizing that this person is precious in God's eyes too," he added.

Both Forbes and McIntyre say they are evidence that civility is possible in Washington, even as big elections are approaching.

"You can see it," Forbes said. "You don't have to have a theory -- we do it. And we don't just do it in front of a camera with you. We do it behind closed doors. We do it anywhere that you see us."

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