Friday, December 23, 2011

Some leading Evangelicals Endorse Newt Gingrich

Given the history of Newt Gingrich's moral choices I find the endorsements fascinating.

Pastor Jim Garlow has penned a lengthy letter explaining his support for Gingrich. Much of his reasoning rests on first-hand knowledge gleaned from the pastor's personal counseling sessions with the former Speaker. Pastor Garlow is convinced of the genuineness of Newt's repentance and change of heart and direction. I'm encouraged by his letter as I have been moderately supportive of Newt, but hesitatingly and somewhat suspiciously. Newt has been all over the place on various issues, though his rhetoric of late resonates with me. Reading Garlow's opinions boosts my preexisting independent assessment of Gingrich's "teachableness." He actually devotes an entire section of his endorsement to the subject. To be aged, yet remain teachable and capable of ideological evolution is a great thing (as long as one moves in the right direction.) The pastor obviously invested a great deal of thought here, as is evident by the length of his communication. It is a good read for evangelical Christians. The irreligious probably won't find the reasoning that appealing.

Also endorsing Gingrich is Rev. Donald E. Wildmon, founder and chairman of American Family Association and American Family Radio. Rev. Wildmon pens a much shorter, less interesting missive.

J.C. Watts endorses Gingrich as well. I somehow missed the memo, no doubt lost in the cavalcade of caterwauling coming from "conservatives."

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