Pastor Geronimo Aguilar on the Impact of a Candidate's Faith during Presidential Elections

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As the 2012 presidential election nears, many voters are questioning the importance of a candidate’s faith and how it will affect the country. Pastor Geronimo Aguilar, religious leader, explains his stance on the subject.

Although the U.S. Constitution calls for a “separation of church and state,” Americans still closely examine the faith of presidential candidates. Mitt Romney has received much criticism for his Mormon faith, but the issue has recently been overshadowed by a growing interest in Barack Obama’s spirituality; although he has proclaimed himself to be a Christian, many suspect him to follow Islam. A recent article from CNN observes this current focus and delves deeper into the subject by discussing the impact religious faith has had on some of the most notable leaders of the United States. Pastor Geronimo Aguilar, who leads Christian services at the Richmond Outreach Center, responds to the question, “Does the faith of the President matter?”

As an expert on Christian doctrine, Pastor Geronimo Aguilar can examine this question, not from a political angle, but from a religious side. He explains, “The Bible does talk about the importance of separating church and state, but more in a sense of working together to collectively tackle various issues that fall on either the government or the Church; not removing God and His statutes from our everyday American life as we know it.” Such interpretations have led many Americans to form a loose interpretation of the “separation of church and state” ideals that the founding fathers established.

Interestingly, the article claims that many of these early leaders were more than likely opposed to religion. For instance, George Washington is noted to never have deemed himself as a Christian. Niels C. Nielsen, author of God in the Obama Era, tells CNN, “Lincoln believed in an active God, he believed in providence. But if you asked Lincoln if he believed in the deity of Jesus, he would have said no.” Even Thomas Jefferson was accused of being a pagan and an infidel for his wide acceptance of all religious denominations.

Ironically, some of the nation’s most “religious” presidents were the most hostile, according to the article. Although Richard Nixon is described as, “one of the most corrupt and paranoid men to occupy the Oval Office,” the article claims that he was a very devout Christian before accepting his presidential role. Despite these observations, Americans are still preoccupied with the role religion plays in the government.

For Pastor Geronimo Aguilar, religion is essential to the way the country is run. He concludes, “God and patriotism, in my opinion, go hand-in-hand. When you subtract God from the hearts of our governing authorities, we welcome anarchy and give the devil grounds for takeover, which as we know, is scriptural prophecy.”


Pastor Geronimo Aguilar is the founding pastor at The Richmond Outreach Center, an independent, non-denominational church in Richmond, Virginia. Dubbed “The ROC” by members, this organization has over 150 ministries that provide assistance, fellowship, and other services to members and nonmembers alike. As a result, this church has had a significant, positive impact on its community. The Richmond Outreach Center was founded in 2001 and continues to provide worship, fellowship, and Bible study to its followers. As the church continues to grow, its positive impact on the community and its members will expand.

For more information about Aguilar and the Richmond Outreach Center, visit

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