I stated a few weeks ago that I believe former Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum have shown the greatest passion for highlighting and fighting the war on religion (specifically Christianity) being unleashed by the Obama administration and other secular progressives. They are also avid supporters of Israel.
However, in light of the potential global clash outside our country with regimes like Iran and Syria, and the ongoing domestic assaults within our country from the Obama administration and his minions, my wife, Gena, and I believe America needs the best of the best veterans of political war to save our republic (as our founders established it) and lead us forward.
As I've stated for the record, so again I say, Gena and I truly believe Newt's experience, leadership, knowledge, wisdom, faith and even humility to learn from his failures (personal and public) can return America to her glory days. And he is the best man on the battlefield who is able to outwit, outplay and outlast Obama and his billion-dollar campaign machine.
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You might have seen or read in the news this past week how Newt deployed his Christian "Faith Leaders Dream Team."
I'm honored to be a part of that passionate faith group of national leaders, like Don Wildmon (founder and chairman emeritus of the American Family Association and American Family Radio), Tim and Beverly LaHaye (evangelical pillars and prolific author of the blockbuster "Left Behind" series of books), George Barna (founder of the Barna Group – the nation's leading marketing research firm focused on the intersection of faith and culture), J.C. Watts (U.S. congressman from Oklahoma, 1995 to 2003, now chairman of the Watts Partners – a leader in the corporate and government affairs industry), Mat Staver (founder and chairman of the Liberty Counsel, an international nonprofit litigation, education and policy organization dedicated to advancing religious freedom, the sanctity of life and the family) and Jim Garlow (senior pastor of mega-church Skyline Wesleyan Church and chairman of Renewing American Leadership).
Of course, there are millions of other great Americans and notable Christian leaders who are backing Newt, including those like David Lane (founder of the American Renewal Project), Rick Green (constitutional expert and co-host of "Wallbuilders Live" radio broadcasts with historian David Barton), Steve Riggle (senior pastor of Grace Community Church, a mega-church in Houston, Texas), Richard Lee (founding pastor of First Redeemer Church located in metropolitan Atlanta's Forsyth County), Michael Youssef (founding rector of The Church of The Apostles in Atlanta, whose messages are broadcast 3,800 times a week into 200 countries through Leading The Way Ministries), Vivian Berryhill (president and founder of the National Coalition of Pastors' Spouses), Joe Fuiten (senior pastor of Cedar Park Assembly of God Church in Washington and former president of the Washington Evangelicals for Responsible Government), Tony Calatayud (national director of Salem Espanol & chairman of Conservadores, who also helped Sen. Marco Rubio get elected), Dutch Sheets (former Colorado pastor and now international speaker and author on prayer), Rick Tyler (founding director of Renewing American Leadership, author and political strategist and activist), and Bob McEwen (U.S. congressman from Ohio, 1981-1993, now international speaker and senior adviser with the nationally recognized law firm of Greenebaum, Doll & McDonald), etc.
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One particular thing that really impressed Gena and me about Newt and Callista Gingrich's genuine Christian faith was their united fight for Christianity before Newt ever ran for president. They collectively wrote two volumes and hosted a DVD series on "Rediscovering God in America: Reflections on the Role of Faith in Our Nation's History and Future," and "Rediscovering God in America II: Our Heritage," in which they tour the nation's capital and review our history in a forthright case for America's Judeo-Christian heritage. On the DVD fighting with Newt and Callista are also best-selling author Walter Isaacson, Attorney General Edwin Meese III, authors and historians H.W. Brands and Douglas Brinkley, ambassador and author Michael Novak and Wallbuilders President David Barton. (The books and DVDs are still sold at the very estate of George Washington, Mount Vernon.)
We, patriots and the collective team of Reagan Christian conservatives, join Newt in pledging our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor to restore our republic. For the sake of our posterity and the preservation of truth in each of our own communities, we all need to accept the challenge of Ronald Reagan: "You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the first step into a thousand years of darkness. If we fail, at least let our children and our children's children say of us we justified our brief moment here. We did all that could be done."
If you, too, want to join the millions of others of us on Newt's faith dream team, here are seven ways you can do so and to employ your faith to action:
- Please post this article to your Facebook and Twitter accounts, and email it to those you know, particularly in Arizona, Michigan and Washington (the next primaries on Feb. 28 and Mar. 3)
- Sign up to be part of the Newt's Faith Coalition.
- Educate yourself on the GOP presidential candidates by reviewing the American Family Association's online nonpartisan voter guideto help you examine the differences between the four remaining contenders.
- Listen to this interview with Newt by Dr. Rev. Jim Garlow of Skyline Wesleyan Church in San Diego, Calif., about Newt's Christian faith and passions.
- Please keep Newt and his team in your daily prayers.
- Go to Newt.org and help finance Newt's campaign.
- Mostly, don't be missing in action at the polls! Your vote counts!
(In next week's column, I'm going to build a case for, "Who would America's founders vote for president?")