How a secretive group is shaping politics in America and around the world

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(CNN) - Have you ever wondered why we have the National Prayer Breakfast each year?

Sharlet says the U.S.-based group believes those in power, even dictators and fascists, are chosen by God, therefore ordained to stay in power. (Source: MGN)

Author Jeff Sharlet and director Jesse Moss talk about the new Netflix series "The Family," which digs into a secretive evangelical group influencing politics worldwide. (Video interview above.)

Sharlet says the U.S.-based group believes those in power are chosen by God, therefore ordained to stay in power. Sharlet says the group is "bound by this idea that the real message of Christ is not so much love, as strength." He says the group has grown an invisible worldwide network of leaders who help shape politics around the world.

Sharlet and Moss explain how this mindset has put the group at the side of U.S. presidents and other world leaders for decades and how the National Prayer Breakfast gives foreign lobbyists access to our elected leaders.

You can learn more by watching "The Family" on Netflix.