In Lectures on Revivals of Religion, why did Charles Grandison Finney believe religion and politics should be intertwined?

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First, we should note that Finney is not trying to promote the idea of a theocracy in the United States.  He does say that politics should be part of religion in the United States.  However, he also says that he does not want to have a “Christian party” in the country.  Instead, he wants people to start voting based on Christian values. 

Finney says that the country is doomed if people do not start voting based on Christian values.  He says that it must be clear to all that Christians will not vote for people who do not have good values.  It must be clear that they will vote for no man

… who is known to be a knave, or an adulterer, or a Sabbath-breaker, or a gambler…

If Christians do not act in this way, God will be angry.  Finney says that God “will bless or curse this nation” depending on whether Christians vote properly.

In this way, Finney argues that religious values and political action must be intertwined.

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