When I was trying to convince fellow evangelicals to vote for Ron Paul in 2007-08, I was politely listened to but not endorsed. Admittedly a fine evangelical was int he race, Mike Huckabee, but it was Paul’s views on foreign policy (and the drug war, too) that was a stumbling block for many evangelicals.
“This is no longer about Christians trying to force prayer in schools or an end to abortion,” a famous televangelist told me. ”While we have been busy talking about those things we have had the constitution stolen right before our eyes. This is now about whether or not we have the right to worship freely. The battle is now over the constitution itself.”
Wead cites two prominent evangelicals:
“More and more Christians are seeing the critical importance of Ron Paul’s message,” says Brian Jacobs, a former consultant for the Billy Graham organization. “If we compromise the constitution, even to promote something we want, in the long run, we are undercutting ourselves.” Jacobs helped arrange the meeting between Billy Graham and George W. Bush in Jacksonville, Florida, the day before the national election in 2000. Jacobs is now actively supporting Ron Paul’s candidacy.
Bill Spiegel, a former member of the Senior Bush President’s Economic Council and the Southern Baptist Liaison for George H. W. Bush says, “Much of the money that was going to evangelical lobbies in Washington is now going to Ron Paul. And the Christian leaders in Washington have been taken by surprise. It is because the people are seeing what the leaders are missing. They don’t want power they want to be left alone to worship in freedom and Ron Paul is the only candidate who is defending that right consistently.”
This is amazing and I want to confirm it. A small bit of confirmation comes from Tony Perkins, chair of the Family Research Council, where he said to The Hill here that Paul is acceptable to him AND is a front-runner, too! Here’s some more confirmation from Urban Christian News:
Evangelicals for Ron Paul founding member Brian Jacobs affirmed his past observations that the unimpeachable integrity of Dr. Paul resonates among conservative Christians.“Ron Paul is comfortable proclaiming that he accepts Jesus Christ as his personal Savior. He is happily married to his childhood sweetheart Carol. And his stance on the sanctity of life is positively unassailable,” said Jacobs, alluding to the fact that Dr. Paul is a retired OB-GYN who personally delivered more than 4,000 babies.
Readers of this column know that I have been a strong supporter of Ron Paul for many years. I personally campaigned for him in 2008 in four states, and became an independent candidate for President that same year only after Dr. Paul was eliminated from the Republican primary race. And I am very honored to have received Dr. Paul’s endorsement for President during the 2008 Presidential general election.
So if you are a fellow follower of Christ, it’s OK to support Ron Paul! You’re in (And if you like RP but not yet a follower of Christ, learn more here!)