Senator Ted Cruz recently spoke to an assembly of Liberty University students about the dangerous assault taking place on religious liberty across the country.
10,000 students attended the assembly. Cruz spoke a bold message of encouragement to the students. As he said: “I’m here today, more than anything, to encourage you. To encourage you in your faith, to encourage you in your freedom, to encourage you in standing up for the principles that define you.”
Cruz shared with the students his successes as a lawyer in defending religious liberty, mentioning working on cases involving a Ten Commandments display in Texas, the phrase “one nation under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance, and a memorial cross on government property in the Mojave Desert.
In an age when orthodox Christianity has been under relentless assault by the media, universities, and the government, Cruz is one of the few political leaders with the cajones and deep faith to mount a robust defense of it. He said that “religious freedom has never been more under assault.” He referenced Jesus’ words in Scripture as he encouraged students: “As believers we are called to action, not to sitting quietly and hiding our faith under a bushel, but to stand and speak no matter what the consequences.” He mentioned examples of Christians who had been sent to prison for their faith- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Pastor Saeed Abedini. He then said to the audience: “How many of us have been imprisoned for our faith?”
He could have mentioned Biblical examples of people thrown in prison as well, including the apostles Paul and Peter as well as John the Baptist, all great men who risked and then paid with their lives to boldly proclaim God’s truth.
The two key themes of Cruz’s message then were liberty and courage, both themes that have been integral in the career of the often outspoken Ted Cruz. “If you believe in religious liberty, if you believe in standing for your faith, if you believe in the liberties that are protected in our Constitution,”Cruz said, “then I would encourage and call you to act” on those beliefs. Cruz’s inspiring call to action could apply to all Americans, not just those in attendance at Liberty University.
Two verses encapsulate Cruz’s message to the students:
“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” (Galatians 5:1)
“We ought to obey God rather than men.” ( Acts 5:29)
It should be an encouraging sign in a time when spineless political leaders are often governed by the latest opinion polls to determine their vote that leaders such as Cruz take bold stances based on religious principles and conscience, despite the cost of being ridiculed by the mainstream media for not kowtowing to their liberal outlook.
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