Last summer, CBN reported on a Bible study taking place on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC specifically for the US government’s cabinet ministers. It Is being led by Ralph Drollinger who heads Capitol Ministries, a group that ministers to politicians.
It not only has a Bible study for Cabinet Secretaries but also for members of the US Senate and House of Representative. The group also has studies taking place in nearly 40 state capitols, and even 60 capitols internationally. Bible studies are also taking place on a municipal level in hundreds of cities.
According to Drollinger, the goal of these studies is to give political leaders a Biblical world view.
Drollinger, 63, has an interesting resume. Standing 7’ 2”, he was a star center for UCLA and was actually drafted three times by the NBA. Instead of playing professional basketball, Drollinger decided to play for Athletes in Action, a Christian organization, that has traveling basketball teams that play exhibition games and share their faith at half time.
But Drollinger eventually did turn pro. In 1980 he signed as a fee agent with the Dallas Mavericks, but he retired in 1981 after a knee injury so he could attend seminary.
Though President Donald Trump does not attend the Bible study, Vice President Mike Spence does when he is available. Many of Trump’s cabinet also attend including Energy Secretary Rick Perry, CIA Director Mike Pompeo, Agriculture Secretary Sunny Perdue, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson.
Drollinger says this is perhaps the most evangelical cabinet he has ever seen on Capitol Hill and added this was the first time there has been a Bible study just for cabinet ministers.
Predictably as the news of this study broke, it became the focus of attention. Drollinger, who has been leading Bible studies for years at the Capitol, has been personally attacked for the first time.
Two groups, the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) and Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), also used America’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to find out if staff members from the various departments were being coerced to organize or attend the study. They also wanted to find out if any government resources were being used by the Bible group.
Though it received information from the various departments, FFRF is suing the government because one of the departments did not waive the associated fees because it said the FOIA request was not directly related to government operations.
The FFRF has also referred to the Bible studies as “secretive.” However if it is a secret, it is poorly kept one. Capitol Ministries publishes all the studies being taught on its website for anyone to read. As well, no staff members attend this particular study group, because it is only for cabinet ministers.
In a Facebook post, Drollinger added that Capitol Ministries pays for all the costs related to the Bible studies.
The Apostle Paul encourages believers to pray for Kings and those in authority (1 Timothy 2:1-2).
In one of the most intriguing passages that speak of God’s influence on political leaders, we see why.
Speaking to the prophet Daniel, an angel of the Lord said that he was raised up to stand by the King of Persia to not only protect him but to encourage the king as well.
11 “In the first year of Darius the Mede, I [the angel] arose to be an encouragement and a protection for him. (Daniel 11:1 NASV)
This king was none other than Cyrus of Persia who some historians say was one of the most benevolent kings in world history. He also allowed Israel to return from their captivity to the Promised Land.
The angel took his place beside Cyrus after Daniel prayed. From this position, the angel was able to influence this foreign king to make godly political decisions that not only benefited Israel but all the people in Cyrus’s kingdom.