Rick Perry’s long faith journey culminates in presidential run
We also profiled the faith journey of Herman Cain before he suspended his campaign.
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The crowd, mostly under the age of 40, raised their hands to Jesus in cheap canada goose chilliwack bomber between sips of freshly brewed coffee from the java hut in the lobby.
Outside Lake Hills Church situated on 40 acres about half an hour’s drive from downtown Austin a dozen sheriff’s deputies managed the Sunday morning traffic rush.
Back in town at Perry’s old church, a graying, neatly dressed crowd of several dozen gathered for services in a stately sanctuary, singing old hymns and reciting communal prayers from hard wooden pews.
There is no java hut at Tarrytown United Methodist Church and not nearly enough traffic to justify sheriff’s deputies.
Perry’s jump from Tarrytown to Lake Hills mirrors some of the big recent changes in American Christianity: From canada goose outlet winnipeg cities to suburbs, from a formal mainline worship style that relies on liturgy to a more casual evangelical approach that’s all about connecting to Jesus.
The Republican presidential candidate’s 2007 church switch also may mirror something much more personal: The culmination of Perry’s journey from a mainline Protestant upbringing to an evangelical flavored faith built on close relationships with Baptist preachers and giving public testimony about God.
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The Texas governor has made his faith a centerpiece of his presidential campaign in ways both overt and subtle hardly the first time he has enthusiastically mixed religion and politics.
At a time when Americans have grown accustomed to hearing public officials invoke a kind of generic canada goose shop review national religion that’s sensitive to diverse faith traditions and nonbelievers alike, Perry has often gone a big step further, telegraphing a distinctly Christian message.
For instance, when Perry lent his signature to a Texas ballot initiative to constitutionally ban gay marriage an effort that didn’t even require the governor’s endorsement he did so on a Sunday from inside an evangelical Christian school.
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Now, as he wages an uphill battle for the Republican nomination, Perry is emphasizing his Christian commitment even more than in the past, trying to line up support from conservative Christian leaders and religious voters nationwide.
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buy canada goose jacket cheap “He said he didn’t want to do it, but he felt the Lord was calling him,” says Kelly Shackelford, who recently heard Perry discuss his campaign with religious activists. buy canada goose jacket cheap
“His wife and him were both reluctant,” says Shackelford, an influential conservative activist in Texas. “But as Christians, when you know you’re called to do something, there is no doubt, no hesitation. You just do it.”
“In those days, the churches were full”
Rick Perry grew up in tiny, isolated Paint Creek, an unincorporated farming community on the dusty canada goose mystique uk plains of central Texas.
Paint Creek “was on a farm to market road where they had this Methodist church on one end and a Baptist church on the other and the school in the middle,” Perry’s wife, Anita Perry, told CNN.
For Rick Perry, “life revolved around school, church and for most boys the Boy Scouts,” he wrote in his 2008 book, “On My Honor.”
Paint Creek’s Baptists dominated local government and imposed a strict moral code, prohibiting school dances and Halloween carnivals, reasoning that carnival games were tantamount to gambling.