But what about the appropriateness of "claiming these islands for Christ?" My problem is that (a) it's a meaningless sentiment and (b) even if it were meaningful, people say that kind of thing all the time without truly trying to do something about it. When Balboa first set eyes on the Pacific Ocean, he claimed it and "everything it touches" for Spain. Sure, it's an easy thing to SAY, but did he have the wherewithal to actually make it reality? No.
It brings up the question of why a man says a thing like this in front of a group of believers. Sure, I believe that in some way he was sincere, at least in the spirit of what he said, but I also think this is one of those things people say because it sounds good. A Christian audience likes to hear this kind of thing, even when the statement itself has no real meaning. In this case, the Lt. Gov. is not so guilty of spiritualizing politics as he is politicizing the faith.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.