At the 2014 Values Voter Summit, Senator Cruz gave what many are calling one of his best speeches. The theme of his speech came from Psalms 30:5 and Cruz emphasized not only his faith but the joy we can find though God. Cruz stated, “We are here today because every man and woman in this room knows and understands morning is coming – morning is coming!”
Cruz may be a politician but his speech had more of a tone of that of a preacher delivering a message of salvation to the masses. He celebrated the release of Meriam Ibrahim whom he called a hero for her willingness to endure imprisonment in Sudan for simply being a Christian.
“How many of us have ever had our faiths tested like that? If you start to feel hope and despair for what’s happening in this country, remember that prison cell in Sudan,” Cruz stated. He then reminded the crowd that Miriam was able to withstand that kind of persecution for her faith because “Joy comes in the morning!”
Sen. Cruz referred to Paul and Silas from the book of Acts, with disciples who were imprisoned for their faith like Miriam. “We are seeing modern-day Paul and Silases across the world,” Cruz said.
Regarding national security, Cruz stated that it’s been two years since Pastor Saeed Abedini was imprisoned in Iran for his faith, and leaders of Iran are meeting with United States officials this weekend on a deal that might lead to Iran acquiring nuclear weapon capability: “We so desperately need a president who will stand up and say: These discussions do not even begin until you release Pastor Saeed and send him home.”
Cruz passionately lamented over the lack of leadership unwilling to defend those who are unjustly persecuted for their faith.
“Oh, the vacuum of American leadership we see in the world. We need a president who will speak out for people of faith, prisoners of conscience. We need a president who will stand up and say to the over 200 Nigerian schoolgirls held captive by Boko Haram because they’re Christians, little girls sold into slavery. We need a president who will speak out for prisoners of conscience, like Kenneth Bae in North Korea; like Leopoldo Lopez in Venezuela; like Amir Hekmati in Iran; like Alan Gross in Cuba; like Sergeant Tahmooressi in Mexico.”
So much persecution in the world can make for a dark night but there’s hope that joy comes in the morning.
Cruz then turned his speech into his own personal testimony of joy. He told the compelling story of how his father, Pastor Rafael Cruz, came to accept Jesus Christ as his Savior. Rafael Cruz’s journey began with surviving torcher and imprisonment as a teenager in a Cuban jail, to his chance of freedom in living in the United States, and then having his marriage and family restored- all due because of his faith in God. “So when anyone asks, is faith real, is a relationship with Jesus real, I can tell you if it were not for my father giving his life to Christ, I would have been raised by a single mother without having my dad in the home,” Cruz explained.
Our own country is enduring weeping and challenging times as religious liberty is being threatened. A country that was founded on Judeo-Christian principles is now threatening companies like Hobby Lobby who refused to abandon their faith over government mandates. But joy came for Hobby Lobby by a 5-to-4 vote by the Supreme Court. However, the same government is suing Catholic nuns. Yes, believe it or not, nuns. The Little Sisters of the Poor refuse to abandon their faith and pay for abortion-inducing drugs.
Our government is stripping this country of their God-given rights of religious liberty. Free Speech is being threatened. Our own leadership refuses to protect and defend those who are being persecuted for their faith. Weeping is enduring. So how do we turn this country around and find joy?
Senator Cruz ended his speech with his own call to action for the American people, or an “altar call” if you will:
“We defend the values that are American values. We stand for life. We stand for marriage. We stand for Israel. We bring back jobs and opportunity and unleash small businesses to make it easier for people to achieve the American dream. We abolish the IRS. We repeal Common Core. In 39 days, I believe we’re going to retake the United States Senate and we are going to retire Harry Reid as majority leader. And in 2017, with a Republican president in the White House we are going to sign legislation repealing every word of Obamacare.”
The audience cheered over Senator Ted Cruz’s optimism and joy about the future of America. He ended his speech with, “I’m optimistic because I am convinced God isn’t done with America yet. We stand on the promise of the word. Weeping may endure for the night, but joy cometh in the morning.”