In 2018, a concerned citizen named Mark Robinson showed up at his city council meeting and gave a speech that went viral, accumulating over 200 million views. That speech catapulted him into the public conscience and he was elected to serve as lieutenant governor of North Carolina shortly thereafter. My Faith Votes recently had the opportunity to catch up with Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson and discuss his career, faith and future.
This conversation has been edited for clarity and length. You can watch the full conversation with My Faith Votes here.
Q: Considering a career in politics is relatively new to you, tell us a bit about your story and what has led you to your current position.
A: I grew up in Greensboro. My siblings and I grew up very poor and witnessed a lot of domestic violence in our household. My dad was violent towards my mom. He died when I was 12 years old, and that left my mom with two choices: stay home and collect government checks or go to work. She chose to go to work. My mom only had the equivalent of a fifth-grade education and went to work as a custodian. I learned watching my mom that the way to make it in life is to work for yourself instead of sitting around waiting on the federal government. She had her priorities in order, and I believe it was because she had a supreme faith in God. With God, she was able to survive all those tough times and bring us to the place where we are now.
Q: My Faith Votes was birthed out of the recognition that 25 million Christians who are registered to vote don’t vote. Your story is particularly powerful because it demonstrates the impact that one concerned citizen can have when they take action. What is your encouragement to Christians who feel as if they can’t be involved in politics?
A: If you get out of bed in the morning, you’re involved in politics. I would submit to you that a major problem in our nation is the fact that Christians have not taken responsibility for tackling many of the issues our society has today. They’ve handed that responsibility over to politicians. We see this when we look at issues like abortion, crime prevention and education, just to name a few. Today we are experiencing the dreadful effects of Christians not making their voices heard.
Q: In speeches, you frequently mention three issues you feel are most pressing today: abortion, the Second Amendment, and education. Tell us why these issues are so important to you.
A: Abortion is the number-one issue on my mind because of my faith. Our nation has acknowledged from the very beginning that our rights come from our Creator, and I believe that God has blessed our nation because we honor him. But I also believe that God will not continue to bless this nation if we dishonor him by destroying his creation. Abortion is murder, and we need to stand up as Christians and call it exactly what it is. I also think of the right to bear arms as a spiritual issue. God gives us the right to life, and he also gives us the right to defend ourselves. God endowed man with his image. He gave animals built-in self-defense mechanisms, and he gave man the ability to make weapons. That’s why I believe it’s a spiritual issue. We have the right to defend ourselves, and our rights come from God.
The third topic that weighs heavy on my mind is education, specifically Critical Race Theory. There are some dangerous ideas being taught in our public school systems. Critical Race Theory is not conducive to the United States of America; it came out of a literal Marxist think tank. We can’t allow it to seep into our schools because it will destroy the moral fabric of our society. We need to teach our children about the injustice in our nation’s history, but we also need to teach them that because of our country’s founding documents and systems of government, we defeated those injustices at every turn.
Q: A lot of people get so concerned about what we’re seeing happening in the news these days. How would you encourage Christians to stand firm in our faith in this climate?
A: I would encourage Christians to look to the Word of God. When things looked the worst for the Israelites, The Red Sea opened up and they walked through. When things looked the worst for Daniel in the lion’s den, the lions’ mouths were shut up. Things looked bad for Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, but the fire didn’t touch them. John the Baptist lost his head to his enemies, but he was rewarded greatly because Jesus Christ called him “the greatest man that was ever born to a woman.” And if you still don’t find yourself encouraged because of those things, flip to the back of your Bible. You’ll see in the end we win. Let God’s Word be your guide, knowing he’s always with you and will sustain you through anything.
We just need to pray that God’s will be done, whatever it may be. No matter how the political winds shift, if God’s will is done, then we’re all on the right track because we’re walking with him. It’s not our way. It’s his way. We’re just the followers and we need to make sure that we continue to let his will be done.
My Faith Votes—is a nonpartisan movement that motivates, equips and activates Christians in America to vote in every election, transforming our communities and influencing our nation with biblical truth. By partnering with national faith leaders, My Faith Votes provides resources to help Christians Pray, Think, and Act to create an America where God is honored in the public square.