‘Pick Up A Bible’: New Speaker Reveals Personal Worldview

After more than three weeks without a party leader in the position, House Republicans rallied behind a new speaker this week.

Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA) does not have the name recognition of prior candidates like Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) or Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-LA), so he spent some time after accepting the speakership explaining his views.

During an interview with Fox News Channel personality Sean Hannity, he emphasized the importance of his Christian faith in every aspect of his life.

“Someone asked me today in the media, they said: ‘It’s curious, people are curious. What does Mike Johnson think about any issue under the sun?’” he began. “I said: ‘Well, go pick up a Bible off your shelf and read it. That’s my worldview.’

Johnson added that he makes “no apologies” for his allegiance, which has garnered him some support among conservative voters far and wide.

In his first House address as speaker, the Louisiana Republican brought along his Bible and cited his faith as a driving force in his congressional career.

“I don’t believe there are any coincidences in a matter like this,” he told his fellow lawmakers. “I believe that Scripture and the Bible is very clear that God is the one that raises up those in authority. He raised up each of you, all of us. And I believe God has ordained each one of us to be brought here for this specific moment and this time.”

His outspoken faith was not received well by some critics who felt it represented an undue religious influence within the federal government.

David Cay Johnson, a lecturer at Syracuse University College of Law, opined that the practice of GOP lawmakers “praying on the House floor offends both our Constitution and the New Testament, which denounces public displays of devotion,” adding: “The blasphemy of the new Speaker, who says God ordained him, is just as disgusting.”

Plenty of others who heard his remarks disagreed, however, including social conservative activist Bob Vander Plaats, who remarked: “It’s exciting to hear the new Speaker of the House discuss his faith openly.”

During his interview with Hannity, Johnson attempted to address the concerns of his detractors.

“Everybody comes to the House of Representatives with deep personal convictions,” he said. “But all of our personal convictions are not going to become law. This is a big body of people. There’s 435 members in the House.”