Alfred Holt Colquitt (1824-1894), was a U.S. Senator, an orator and statesman, as well as the Governor of Georgia. On December 7, 1887, in Washington, Alfred Holt Colquitt spoke at the Evangelical Alliance. He said:
"I believe it is the mission of the ministers today, and of Christian laymen in this land, to go out into the fields and highways and meet the enemies that are seeking to place barriers in the way of Christian civilization - to meet the foe as he comes.
Religion and politics ought to be wedded like a loving pair. The spirit of our Master, who preached peace, should preside at our diplomatic councils. The love of our neighbor and of our friends - these should be the bases, not only of our Christianity and our patriotism, but of our daily politics.
I like to hear learned sermons and magnificent discourses - appeals purely to the intellect - abstract and abstruse ideas, and all that. But looking at the masses of mankind, and reviewing from the standpoint which I occupy, it is clear to me that there is a mission given to every lover of Christ to stand forth as the propagator of that religion which tempers the politics and statesmanship of this country." - December 7, 1887, in an address at the Evangelical Alliance in Washington. Stephen Abbott Northrop, D.D., A Cloud of Witnesses (Portland, Oregon: American Heritage Ministries, 1987), p. 91.