Will Dr. Ben Carson's endorsement of Donald J. Trump tilt the evangelical vote and silence those that hurl claims of racisms and bully tactics at the nominee?
WASHINGTON, March 11, 2016 – Saying the media portray a candidate not as he or she is, but as they want to, Dr. Ben Carson has announced his support of Donald J. Trump, saying he is “more cerebral” than we might have thought and “Trump has the ability to listen and make wise decisions.”
When asked if God had a role in this decision, Carson said that God gives us the intelligence to make good decisions, that he received numerous calls from friends indicating that he should stand behind Trump and that basically, what happened on the campaign trail will stay on the campaign trail.
Other faith leaders who have supported Donald J. Trump include these:
- Jerry Falwell Jr., president of Liberty University
- Robert Jeffress, pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas
- James F. Linzey, ordained minister in the Southern Baptist Convention
- James David Manning, chief pastor at the ATLAH World Missionary Church
- Mike Murdock, singer-songwriter, televangelist and pastor of the Wisdom Center ministry
The Rev. Billy Graham, over his more than six decades of service, has met with every U.S. president, including President Obama, since World War II. “Eisenhower was the first president that really asked my counsel in depth when he was sending troops into Little Rock,”“ said Graham. Just before Eisenhower died, Billy was invited to see him at Walter Reed Hospital. After talking again about assurance of salvation, the two men prayed. Eisenhower then said he was ready to die.
“Billy Graham is one of the best ambassadors our country has but he told me, ‘I am an ambassador of heaven.‘” — Dwight D. Eisenhower (Graham Evangelistic Assoc).
Graham famously met with John F. Kennedy before and after his inauguration. Of the time he met with the president before his inauguration, Graham said, “We drove around in JFK’s white Lincoln convertible. During our conversations, I became aware that he was concerned about the moral and spiritual condition of the nation.”
Reading about Graham’s role in the Oval Office, it is surprising, maybe, to learn that President Lyndon B. Johnson relied on the reverend’s counsel. Graham was probably closer to Johnson than to any other president. He was invited to the family ranch several times and spent more than 20 nights at the White House during Johnson’s administration. Every time Graham would say to him, “Let’s have a prayer,” the president would get on his knees to pray.
“My mind went back to those lonely occasions at the White House when your friendship helped to sustain a President in an hour of trial.” — Lyndon Johnson in a letter to Billy Graham
The Republican icon of conservatism, Ronald Reagan, met frequently with Graham, who rushed to be at his and Nancy’s side following the assassination attempt.
“It was through Billy Graham that I found myself praying even more than on a daily basis … and that in the position I held, that my prayers more and more were to give me the wisdom to make decisions that would serve God and be pleasing to Him.” — Ronald Reagan
Graham also met with President Bill Clinton, making an early impression on a then 12-year-old child who saw Graham preach in Little Rock and refused to racially segregate the audience.
Graham helped President George W. Bush to “recommit my heart to Jesus Christ” in much the same way he counseled the senior Bush, President George H.W. Bush, who said, “Billy Graham has been an inspiration in my life. It is my firm belief that no one can be president … without understanding the power of prayer, without faith. And Billy Graham helped me understand that.”
Graham also met with President Obama, in the Montreat, N.C., home of the Grahams in April 2010.
Carson has not only gathered a flock of supporters, but also gained very serious attention for his political astuteness and calm during the primary tornado.
He brings in that evangelical base to support Trump, who says Carson will perform a policy role and a role in education.
Carson says his support comes from his dedication to three simple words, “We the people,” and does not want the establishment strategies and cronyism to stop the will of the people who want to see changes in the White House.
Trump has made a seed change, calling for the party to come together behind the will of the people, versus the intellectual elites and corporate cronyism that have ruled the White House for the past many decades.
There can be no doubt that seeking evangelical guidance has been a bipartisan truth of our presidents past, and, if conservatives take back the White House, in the future. While the ruling document of all presidents is the Constitution, the ability to humble oneself to meditation and prayer has served our past presidents well.
We believe that we must dedicate ourselves to prayer, to the service of our Lord, to His authority over our lives, and to the ministry of evangelism. Matthew 9:35-38, 22:37-39, and 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; Romans 10:9-15 and 12:20-21; Galatians 6:10; Colossians 2:6-10; 1 Peter 3:15. — Billy Graham Evangelistic Association Statement of Faith
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