Dr. Ben Carson, a man of faith, stands tall in South Carolina

Dr. Ben Carson, a man of faith, stands tall in South Carolina

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All eyes are on South Carolina as its citizens gather to vote in the first presidential primary in the South.


COLUMBIA, South Carolina, February 15, 2016 – All eyes are on South Carolina as its citizens gather to vote in the first presidential primary in the South.

There is a lot of faith talk by the presidential candidates, but words are unlikely to fool the people of South Carolina. South Carolinians know what real faith looks like. More importantly, the people of South Carolina know all about how to live their faith.

The world listened in horror as the massacre at Mother Emmanuel Church was revealed.  In the shadow of the riots in Ferguson, Missouri and Baltimore, Maryland, holding its breath wondering what would happen in the beautiful city of Charleston.

And then, in the midst of the tears, grief and heart-rending sadness, the people of South Carolina gather together in prayer. The victims of the shooting offered forgiveness to the shooter and told him about the love of God. Mercy was offered, while authorities promised justice would follow.

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In those moments, America felt like America again. South Carolina showed the country how to respond when hateful, horrible things happen. Not with more violence, but with peace, love and justice.

South Carolina went further, taking the opportunity to spur a conversation about South Carolina’s history and decided, as an act of reconciliation, to remove the Confederate flag from the statehouse grounds.

Now the question is whether South Carolina will vote for a man who talks about faith, or will they elect a faithful man?

Franklin Graham recently held a prayer rally on the steps of the capitol in Columbia encouraging people to pray, and to vote, and to be engaged in the political process.  When he was in Tallahassee, he quoted his father, Billy Graham, who said, “If I were the pastor of a church, I believe I would speak to my congregation about where the candidates stand morally, spiritually and in relationship to the church.”

Has your pastor talked with you about how to evaluate the candidates?

Your pastor might remind you of what Dr. Ben Carson, one of the presidential candidates, said at the National Press Club on February 3. Dr. Carson said,  “I believe what it says in Matthew 7:20, the Sermon on the Mount, ‘by their fruit you shall know them.’  You know people, not by what they say, but by what they do and how their lives are led.  And I hope people will judge me by those same standards”.

While many of the GOP contenders believe in God and are faithful to God in their own ways, sometimes living out their faith takes a back seat in the give and take of politics. Too often it becomes expedient to do what it takes to “win,” often at the expense of doing what is right.

It is up to the voters of South Carolina, and the whole nation, to decide if they want a president who lives by the motto that the ends justify the means, or whether they want a president who lives by the principles of America’s Judeo-Christian heritage.

As the people of South Carolina know, it takes great strength to be a Christian today in the face of the world’s challenges.

Dr. Ben Carson is a man who consistently exhibits that great strength. He has said that he would rather lose the election than lie. That takes strength. When the press and his opponents lied about his accomplishments and life story, he politely corrected the record but refused to seek revenge.

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That takes strength.

He stood up for the voters of Iowa when they were lied to.

That takes strength.

He has spoken truth to power.

That takes strength.

Throughout his life, Dr. Ben Carson has stood tall and done what was right, rather than what was expedient or politically correct. He has entered this race as a citizen and statesman, not a politician.

That takes strength.

That is the kind of strength America needs in the Oval Office.

As president, Dr. Carson wants to heal the divisions in our nation and stop those trying to divide us by age, by race, by income and by whatever else we are feeling.  As he has said: “We, the American people, are not each other’s enemies.”

The people of South Carolina get that.  They have shown the world how to live that.

South Carolinians walk their talk – and so does Dr. Ben Carson.


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