Mar 31, 2009

The Huck Stops Here

by Amanda Sullivan

Mike Huckabee is a man that wears many hats: father, husband, former governor, former presidential candidate, conservative leader and TV host. For Huckabee, though, his identity does not lie in what he is doing, but in where all those hats hang, on his faith.

For many Christians, the idea of living out their faith sounds like a good idea, but most never step past the concept to embrace the reality. However, for some people, the role of faith dictates their every move. For Huckabee, faith plays an intricate role in his life.

“(My faith has) really been the foundation and bedrock of everything that I have done,” Huckabee said. “Whether I have been a pastor or a governor or working in media, my ultimate goal is that I want to be
where God wants me to be, doing what he wants me to do.”

Prior to Huckabee’s political career, he served as a pastor in Arkansas. He was also the youngest person to embody the role of president over the Arkansas Baptist State Convention, according to mikehuckabee.com.

Although Huckabee gained knowledge about people’s needs while being a pastor, he does not necessarily miss the pulpit, as some of the duties were less than desirable.

“I still get to (preach) from time to time, (but)I don’t miss the committee meetings and all that stuff,” Huckabee said. “But everything I’ve done,
I’ve considered it a ministry and an extension of my purpose on earth – to be salt and light.”

Huckabee’s view of ministry seeps into his careers,both politically and in the media. His newest book, “Do the Right Thing,” encourages readers to follow biblical teachings, especially the commandment “Do
unto others as you would have them do unto you,”Huckabee said.

“We really would not need a lot of government,”Huckabee said. “We would self-govern, and that is the best government of all.”

Huckabee relates the issues of high taxes and “big government” to a moral breakdown in America.

“As character breaks down, then government is required to regulate and rule over people that would otherwise be ruled over by their own conscience and their own sense of what is right and what is wrong,” Huckabee said. “When that doesn’t work, then even the good people who don’t want to pay high taxes say, ‘Wait, I want a policeman to go get that guy, lock him up,’ and that costs money.”

Huckabee’s concern with America’s breakdown of morality is an underlying factor for what prompted him to begin Huck PAC. The goal of the organization is to maintain the political momentum that was established during the presidential campaign, according to Huckabee. Huck PAC now focuses on candidates running for governor, congressmen, U.S. senate and some legislative races.

“What we are trying to do is recruit, help elect and then help encourage good people to run for office,” Huckabee said. “So that they will really, from the bottom up and the grass roots, make a difference in our culture.”

The Huck PAC bus made its way to Roanoke, Va. yesterday to help support Republican candidate Bob McDonnell for governor.

“He is pro-life. He believes in traditional marriage. He would love to see lower taxes and a more local government,” Huckabee said. “Having been a governor 10 and a half years, I know what the job is about, and I think he’d be a great (governor) — one that I would be very proud to see in office.”

Despite Huckabee’s busy political schedule, he is also the host of his own show on Fox News called “Huckabee.” The show airs Saturdays at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. and Sundays at 2 a.m.

“After the presidential campaign, I actually had offers from all the major news channels that talked to me about doing something on television,” Huckabee said. “I looked at all the options and decided that Fox was the best fit for me, and I certainly think that has been the right choice.”

Huckabee’s recent involvement with Fox News has placed him in the path of certain friends, allowing him to reconnect with old friends like Todd Starnes. Starnes works for Fox News radio and recently published a book called, “They Popped My Hood and Found Gravy on the Dipstick.” Huckabee wrote a foreword to the book.

“Todd and I have known each other back when I was a candidate. In fact, I think I knew him when I was governor. He was working at a Memphis, Tenn. radio station,” Huckabee said. “And then our paths sort of took different turns, but we knew each other through the years.”

“When I ran my first marathon, Todd had read my book and later had a heart attack. It really caused him to decide to make some major health changes,” he said. “He ended up running the New York marathon the same day I did in 2005. He’s a great guy. He’s hilariously funny. His book is great, and he is just a genuinely committed Christian – another person who is being salt and light in a medium where he has been planted.”

Huckabee also had some advice for upcoming graduates.

“Better elect a new congress because you can’t afford the one we’ve got. And I’m being only half joking when I say that because truthfully, my life isn’t going to be nearly as affected as yours will by what is going on right now,” Huckabee said. “I am going to survive, mainly because I am at a point in my life, age-wise and career-wise, that may not be as nice as I’d hoped for, but I’ll make it. But people who are in college now, will come out of college with often large debts and a job market that has really disappeared and decimated. A $10 trillion debt that will be on your heads to pay - it’s not good.”

Contact Amanda Sullivan at
amsullivan3@liberty.edu.

 


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