The Chronicle-Tribune in Marion, Indiana ran an article April 3 authored by Rev. Kyle Huckins, Ph.D., titled “Cruz putting evangelical spirituality center stage in White House race.”
“Ted Cruz’s campaign for president is spirited in more ways than one. Not only is he flinging epithets Donald Trump’s way in their war on wives, he’s able to clear any hurdle through Christian quips,” Huckins wrote.
Huckins cited Cruz quoting scripture:
“While Americans will continue to suffer under a president who has set an agenda that is causing millions to hurt across this country, I want to remind you of the promise of Scripture: ‘Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning,’” Cruz said in quoting Psalm 30:5 on caucus night in Iowa, where he became the first Hispanic in U.S. history to win a statewide presidential contest.
Huckins also cited Cruz discussing how the Bible “speaks to him” in everyday life:
“I am blessed to receive a word from God every day in receiving the Scriptures. … God speaks through the Bible,” [Ted Cruz] explains. He is a solid supporter of Israel, strongly opposes abortion and same-sex marriage and generally toes the social conservative line.
Huckins noted Cruz was the first presidential candidate in the race, choosing Liberty University, the world’s largest evangelical Christian school, as the site of his announcement.
“God’s blessing has been on America from the very beginning of this nation, and I believe God isn’t done with America yet,” Cruz said.
The Chronicle-Tribune reported April 8 that Rafael Cruz made one of the Cruz campaign’s first unofficial stops in Indiana that Wednesday evening, visiting the Victory Christian Fellowship in downtown North Manchester.
“If you vote according to the word of God, there’s only one candidate you can vote for; it’s that clear,” Rafael Cruz told the crowd of about 100.
According to the Chronicle-Tribune, Rafael Cruz often referred to the role he believes Christians could play in the 2016 election: “We need to stop playing from inside these four walls and take it out into the marketplace.”
Rafael Cruz also made repeated calls for pastors and other influential Christians not to shy away from politics and to endorse his son, urging them to “stand for righteousness” when they vote.
The newspaper reported Rafael Cruz insisting Christians have stepped back in recent years from the electoral power that they’ve held for decades.
He said the 2015 Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage and a host of other “ultraliberal” events have “awaking the sleeping giant” of evangelicals and other Christian conservatives.
“More and more pastors and Christians in general are saying, ‘Enough is enough’ and are beginning to become involved in the political arena,” Rafael Cruz said.
The Chronicle-Tribune reported Rafael Cruz received a standing ovation when he told the crowd to “stop electing the village idiot” and made numerous jabs against Republican front-runner Donald Trump’s statements on greed and abortion.
“Make sure that instead of voting tradition, you vote conviction,” Rafael Cruz said. “That instead of being swayed by emotionalism, or hot air, or empty words, you look at the record and you vote for the candidates that stand on the principles of the word of God, on the principles of the Constitution.”
The newspaper noted that Rafael Cruz stated multiple times he believes the Constitution is based heavily on the Bible.