One of the things I have always enjoyed and appreciated about Ted Cruz is that I know what he believes. I don’t have all that many questions about him that I don’t already know the answer to. In this way, he is refreshing. Most other politicians will change the way they compose their arguments based on the audience with which they are speaking. It’s understandable because even in America we are a diverse population living in different contexts and in different micro-cultures. Which is why Hillary Clinton adopts a fake Southern accent while in the South and Bernie Sanders talks about gun grabbing in New Jersey and Joe Biden affects an African-American dialect in South Carolina. Ted Cruz doesn’t really do that. Sure he might wear boots while campaigning in rural areas… but he’s from Texas, so he actually owns boots!
Cruz recently exemplified what I mean about him being “real” while on the campaign trail in New Hampshire. New Hampshire is a purple state where libertarian-ish Republicans can do fairly well but where conservative Christian Republicans have a much harder time. Knowing that, you’d think Cruz would switch gears away from his social and Christian conservatism and more towards his libertarian side, but that’s not what he did.
While Donald Trump was busy speaking to students at Liberty University (and getting laughed at) about “Two Corinthians”, Cruz was telling The Dallas Morning News that “For too long there has been a spirit of fear and timidity in Washington. We should not be ashamed of Christ. We should be willing to speak the truth with a smile.
Pulling this country back from the cliff we’re facing will require us remembering who we are, rediscovering those values that built America in the first place.” Cruz also made sure to again ask his supporters in New Hampshire to pray for him.
At every point on his tour, Cruz asked voters to pray for him and the country, using one of Ronald Reagan’s favorite Bible verses, 2 Chronicles 7:14, as inspiration.
“If my people, which are called by my name, would humble themselves and pray, and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear their prayers and will forgive their sins and I will heal their land,” he said.
It may go by largely unnoticed in the media, but it is important. That’s twice now, first in Iowa and then again at Liberty University where Donald Trump has shown a complete and utter lack of understanding when it comes to Christianity. Meanwhile, he continues to tell Christians that he is “one of us” all while calling Senator Cruz a fake and even questioning Cruz’s own evangelical credentials. If you can stomach pretending that Trump is a believer and you can go along with him questioning Cruz’s own Christianity, then more power to you… I won’t do it.
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