I have never officially endorsed a presidential candidate before, but I'm endorsing Sen. Ted Cruz for president for three simple reasons: 1) he is a man of unshakable, conservative moral convictions; 2) he is willing to take on the Washington establishment; 3) we need a radical shift in the direction of our country, and his team has asked me to help get out the Evangelical vote.
Of course, I'm fully aware that a president can only do so much and that our hope for change must be first and foremost in the living God.
And I firmly believe that the greatest agency for positive change in America remains the people of God — committed followers of Jesus living as salt and light.
But there is no question that an ungodly leader can bring destruction to a nation and a godly leader can bring blessing. As Proverbs 29:2 states, "When the righteous become great the people rejoice, but when the wicked dominate the people groan," (Prov. 29:2, New Jewish Version).
And so, when Sen. Cruz's team invited me to stand with him in the battle for religious liberties in America, also giving counsel to his Evangelical coalition of his leaders, I felt this was an open door from the Lord. And since he has been in my top three list from the start, after prayerful consideration, I have given him my strong endorsement.
We are blessed to have a number of godly candidates running for president this cycle (all of them Republican; I could not possibly vote for any of the Democratic candidates, especially the front runners), and if our nominee ended up being someone like Dr. Ben Carson or former Gov. Mike Huckabee, that person would have my vote.
But in looking for the leader who most strongly fits my criteria — being unshakably pro-life, pro-marriage, and pro-Israel; having a good handle on economic issues, immigration, and national security; and not being part of the political establishment — Sen. Cruz comes out on top, and I genuinely believe he has a real possibility of making it all the way.
And so, while I am praying for God's best choice for the White House, I'm glad to stand with Sen. Cruz, encouraging Americans to strongly consider him for president.
As for a middle of the road candidate from the Republican establishment — someone like former Gov. Jeb Bush — that candidate would not get my vote, even if that meant sitting out that part of the election.