Former Arkansas governor and presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee was asked what he’d do in the White House in response to a Charleston-type race-based shooting – and his response? Let faith lead.

“Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd first asked: “If you were president of the United States today, and we have this racially motivated massacre that took place in Charleston, but we’ve had some social unrest as well – a trust issue between African Americans and law enforcement – how would you be addressing this today, if you were president?”

Huckabee pointed to what’s going on in Charleston as a good example of how faith saves.

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He first said the pastor who was murdered presented as one of the best examples of Christian love, serving as “a shepherd who laid down his life for his sheep,” he said, the Daily Caller reported.

“And when you hear the family members … it reminds us that Christianity is not this cartoonish, contemptible, laughable faith that people today try to marginalize,” he said. “It is a powerful force of healing and reconciliation, and I know there are many people in our culture who don’t want people to bring faith into the discussion.”

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Huckabee also said that most Americans watching the members of the church in the courtroom “would understand that it is precisely faith that would help this country have true racial reconciliation.”

He then spoke of his own pastoring experiences while leading up an “all-white church” 30 years ago.

“I welcomed the first African-American member to that church,” Huckabee said, the Daily Caller reported. “I had death threats. There were people that said they would leave the church, but instead I held my ground and said if he goes, I go. The result was our church grew exponentially, and even though people said they would cut off their giving, the very next month we had a record level of giving in that church. Sometimes it just take courage to stand up and call out something to be evil.”


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