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Hollywood Actor: 'Pastors Have Got to Wake Their Congregations Up'

"This country was founded on Christianity, for crying out loud."

Actor Kevin Sorbo, star of "Hercules and "God's Not Dead," believes that it's time for pastors to "wake their congregations up" if they want to see circumstances change in America.

"Seventy-five percent of Christians ... didn't even vote in the last two elections. Well, you know what? You get the government you deserve," Sorbo recently told The Church Boys podcast. "You've got to get out there. Pastors have got to wake their congregations up. You can't sit there and say that religion and politics shouldn't be mixed -- of course they're mixed."

He continued, "This country was founded on Christianity, for crying out loud."

As TheBlaze previously reported, analysis has shown that less than half of evangelicals headed to the polls in 2012.

Listen to Sorbo talk about politics, faith, culture and Hollywood below (interview starts around 33:00 mark):

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Sorbo, who went on to discuss his new film, "The Secret Handshake" -- a "coming of age" comedy about the importance of male role models -- talked politics and Hollywood as well, revealing details about a sequel to "God's Not Dead" that is currently in the works.

The actor played an atheist named Professor Radisson in the first "God's Not Dead," and said that the producers were initially going to bring him back for the sequel, but that they abandoned that plan.

"They were going to do a little bit of a 'Heaven Is for Real' type of thing ... they actually bring me back to life and I went somewhere, someplace, somehow -- and I was going to go on my own sort of soul searching mission in Israel," he said.

In the end, though, Pure Flix -- the film company behind "God's Not Dead" -- went a different route.

"I'm a little bummed out about it," Sorbo admitted.

See the trailer for "The Secret Handshake" below:

As for his own career, Sorbo said that he recently sold a pilot to NBC. While he was tight-lipped about the details, he said that it's in the "faith-based" realm, and that he's hoping to be back on TV on a regular basis as a result.

"It's not 'Touched by an Angel' -- it's more like 'Punched by an Angel ... a lot more angst and interesting," he said. "It's not going to be sappy in any way."

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