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(Photo: Reuters/Carlo Allegri)U.S. President-elect Donald Trump speaks at his election night rally in Manhattan, New York, November 9, 2016.
The 2016 election of President Donald Trump was a "reprieve" from God in order to "get things right," according to a Baptist pastor who's running for Congress.
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Mark Harris, former senior pastor at First Baptist Charlotte, is running for the House of Representatives' seat for the 9th Congressional District of North Carolina.
During a panel of candidates at the Values Voter Summit Friday, Harris explained that he saw a spiritual significance to the results of the 2016 election.
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"I remember traveling to a number of states and speaking to pastors in different states ... about the importance of the election, getting folks registered to vote. I was so amazed at the number of prayer meetings that were just breaking out all over the country in that fall of 2016," Harris said.
"We felt the weight and the burden of that election. And many of us believe that God granted us as a nation a reprieve, a window of opportunity to get things right."
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Harris went on to stress the importance of the upcoming midterm elections, calling it a "direction election" that will "set the direction for our country."
(Screenshot: valuesvotersummit.org/archive)Mark Harris, former senior pastor at First Baptist Church Charlotte, North Carolina, giving remarks as part of a panel at the Values Voter Summit on Friday, Sept. 21, 2018.
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"We may have felt that 2016 really was the most important election in our lifetime," Harris said, "but if you really believe that about 2016, and I think many of us in this room did, you have to understand that the election of 2018 is the most important midterm ever in our lifetime."
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