Feb 12, 2008

Huckabee, Paul speak

by Jennifer Schmidt
Greeted by a standing ovation from a crowd of over 6,000, Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee was introduced by Rev. Jonathan Falwell as a “dear friend of my father and of myself” on Sunday morning at TRBC.

Addressing a packed sanctuary with visitors sitting on and around the stage, Huckabee recalled memories of Dr. Jerry Falwell and his influence, joking with the crowd that he had thought better of trying to deliver a sermon they had likely already heard from Falwell himself.

Huckabee spoke briefly of moral degradation in the U.S. and the need for increased “moral clarity.” A loss of morality in the U.S. is leading towards an increased need for legislation and government intervention, Huckabee said, further explaining that “we must be restrained more and more by outside (influences) because our own consciences do not restrain us.”

“The Ten Commandments cover everything,” Huckabee stated, eliciting cheers from the crowd, “but people have found creative ways to get around them.”

The former governor of Arkansas closed by saying that he hoped those listening knew Jesus Christ in their hearts and in their lives, adding that a relationship with Christ would increase an individual’s moral understanding and would decrease a reliance upon external laws and legislation.

Falwell persuaded Huckabee to play his bass along with the TRBC worship band in a rousing rendition of “I’ll Fly Away” before the governor sat down in the midst of rousing cheers.

“It’s incredible what’s happened in (Gov. Huckabee’s) campaign since he was last here in Lynchburg,” Jerry Falwell Jr. told reporters in a press conference, referencing Huckabee’s address to Liberty University’s convocation in November. “He’s kindred souls with us...it would be wonderful for our country if he moved on to the next level,” Falwell Jr. said. “I would give (Falwell Jr.) credit for the surge. Not long after he endorsed me here in Lynchburg (in November), things really did start popping,” Huckabee said.

Citing his recent and unexpected victories in Kansas and Louisiana, Huckabee noted, “There are a lot of people in the country who have yet to vote. We feel like they (have) a right and a responsibility to go vote. We want to give them a choice.” Contact Jennifer Schmidt at jschmidt@liberty.edu.
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