Speaking at the Values Voters Summit in Washington D.C., Sen. Ted Cruz began his speech with a confession.
The audience was dumbfounded by the revelation – a rare moment in a conference audience that is familiar with cheering speeches spent attacking Obama and the political establishment in Washington.
But the story didn’t end there.
Cruz pointed out that thanks to an invitation from a colleague, his father attended a Baptist Church after he left, which inspired him to return to his family in Canada.
The rest of the story, however, is familiar. Ted Cruz’s father Rafael is now a Baptist preacher and preaches the gospel of getting American citizens involved with the future of their values and their country.
As the son of a pastor, Cruz appeared at home with the Christian activists at the Values Voters Summit, delivering his speech while pacing across the stage with the look and tempo of a preacher. The darkness he referred to in his own family echoed throughout his speech as he highlighted the plight of Christians around the world, imprisoned and persecuted for their faith.
Cruz repeated Psalm 30:5 to bring hope to the audience.
Acknowledging that religious liberty was under attack, Cruz reminded the audience to turn to the message of hope offered by the the gospel.