June 2021 Church & State Magazine | AU Bulletin

Mississippi Secretary of State Michael Watson has called for more fundamentalist Christians in public office even though he says the end of the world is coming soon.

Speaking during a National Day of Prayer event on May 5 in Jackson, Watson told attendees, “I believe we need Christian men and women in office today more than ever before. And if you’re a believer, if you’re a member of the church, you understand the signs of the times right now. In the last few years, now more than ever before in the history of the church, we see the End Times,” reported the Mississippi Free Press.

The event was sponsored by the National Day of Prayer Task Force. The theological approach of the event reflected the idea that Christians of a conservative stripe should take control of “the seven centers of power.” These include government, military, media and arts, business and commerce, education, church and family.

This theological perspective, also known as “Seven Mountains Theology,” has been criticized for promoting theocracy. It is popular among many evangelicals who have supported former President Donald Trump.

During the event, which was attended by Gov. Tate Reeves (R), Patti Herrington, the Mississippi Day of Prayer’s coordinator, prayed for the conversion of Jews.

“We pray for a spiritual, supernatural awakening over Israel, oh God. Lord, remove the veil over the eyes of your people, oh God, in Israel, that they would recognize the Messiah, oh God, that they would recognize Jesus, their king, that they would know him, they would see him, and you would reveal yourself to them,” Herrington prayed.