Gov.-elect Nikki Haley was asked during a prayer service to "be real and true" when she takes office to help restore trust in government.
"We've grown cynical," said Pastor Pamela Pond of Greenville's First Presbyterian Church. "We've grown lethargic in fear. We've come to believe we can't trust our government officials."
The Rev. Jeff Kersey pastor of Mt. Horeb United Methodist Church in Lexington where the Haleys attend, urged Haley and others taking office today to return to the faith of our ancestors. With conviction, creativity and courage, Kersey said, we can solve the state's problems.
The recent murders at an Arizona Congresswoman's public event, Kersey said, was evidence of the "greater spiritual and moral depression" facing the country and its leaders.
The prayer service was the first of a day full of events celebrating the inauguration of Haley and eight other statewide officials.