Just one day after headlining "The Response" prayer rally in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Saturday, Gov. Bobby Jindal appeared on ABC's "This Week," where he explained why he believes that U.S. presidents and leaders should "turn to God for guidance."
During "The Response" event, which Jindal heralded as a religious and not a political gathering, the Republican governor called for a spiritual awakening and proclaimed that, in the end, "our God wins."
"We need a spiritual revival to fix what ails our country," Jindal told the faithful. "It is like God has given us the book of life. He doesn't let us see the pages for today and tomorrow. He doesn't promise us everything will go the way you want, but he does let you see the last page of the book of life — and on the last page, our God wins."
It was these comments that led "This Week" host George Stephanopoulos to ask whether Jindal believes it's the "job of the president to lead a spiritual revival." He also asked the governor how he believes his "our God wins" comment was received by a spiritually diverse populace.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (AP)
"I was struck by the final line, ‘our god wins,'" Stephanopoulos said. "How do you think that lands in a country of 320 million people, of many different kinds of spirituality, many different kinds of faith, many who believe in no god at all?"
Jindal doubled down and defended politicians who rely on a higher power, detailing the history of some American leaders who have done just that.
"It is a time-honored tradition, going back to our nation’s founding, for our presidents, for our leaders to turn to god for guidance, for wisdom. George Washington did it, Abraham Lincoln did it, Harry Truman did it," he said. "So, absolutely I think this idea of praying to God for wisdom and guidance is as old as our country."
Jindal noted, too, that America is a diverse country with a majority Christian population, but that "we don't discriminate against anybody" and "we believe in religious liberty."
He went on to discuss the political landscape and the Republican Party, imploring leaders not to simply say "no" to Democratic proposals, but to also be a "party of solutions."
Watch Jindal's comments below: