Former Senator Zell Miller Testifies his Faith at Liberty University

The former U.S. senator, Zell Miller (D-GA), took time to testify his faith to students at Liberty University on March 9, 2005.

After being introduced by the Liberty's President, Dr. Jerry Falwell, as “his favorite democrat,” “a wonderful Christian man,” and “one of today’s great Americans,” Miller stepped to the lectern and began to profess to the crowd about his faith.

At the Lynchburg, Virginia campus, the former senator explained that he transformed from a “Sunday” Christian to a “24-7” Christian at the face of great tragedies.

Miller, who proclaimed that he is "a born again Christian," told the seminarians that he began to pray as never before when his son went blind at the age of 43 and his daughter-in-law contracted an illness that sent her to intensive care for 77 days.

“My whole world crashed in, but I found a rod and a staff to comfort me…. I saw the Light,” he said and added that he made sure that his return to God was "not a simple emotional experience, but the real thing."

After sharing his testimony, Miller challenged the audience to “rise up to the task of returning the United States to a Christian foundation."

“Our founding fathers did not shrink back from the task before them, and neither should we,” he said.

Meanwhile, Liberty president Falwell praised Miller, and said to the crowd that the former senator's speech at the 2004 Republican National Convention was the "greatest speech" he's ever heard in his life.

During the controversial speech, which Falwell said greatly attributed to the re-election of President Bush, Miller explained his two-fold reason not to stand with his own party.

First, he said, the Democratic Party's response to terrorism was unsettling. Second, he added, there is a secularism “engulfing the thoughts and taking over the actions of the party.”

“Mocking a person’s faith is the rudest thing you can do. They can mock my accent, they can mock my cowboy boots, but they cannot mock my faith,” he said prior to the November election.

After his brief speech to Liberty's students, the former senator took some time to sign copies of his book, "A National Party No More."