Dr. Michael Brown, in an unprecedented move, endorsed Ted Cruz last November. Michael, as he will reiterate in this video, had never officially endorsed a presidential candidate.
But, given the critical nature of Election 2016, and the dire need of solid, conservative leadership to help right the course of our nation, Brown was persuaded to do so.
As he wrote last fall:
. . .I’m endorsing 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.
Part of Cruz’s team, both in political life and family life, is Rafael Cruz, the Senator’s father.
Family Leadership Summit writes of Rafael:
Rafael Cruz is a powerful example of the American Dream. Born in Cuba, Rafael lived and suffered under a cruel, oppressive dictator. He began fighting Batista’s regime as a teenager and was imprisoned and tortured for his role in that fight.
Rafael arrived in Texas on a student visa in 1957 with nothing but the clothes on his back and one hundred dollars sewn into his underwear. He got a job as a dishwasher, making 50 cents an hour, and worked his way through the University of Texas, while learning English. He later built a small business in further pursuit of the American Dream.
Concerned with the negative impact of the Carter administration policies on our country, Rafael Cruz became engaged in conservative politics as a grassroots activist during the 1980 Presidential Campaign of Ronald Reagan.
When his son Ted was a child growing up in Houston, Rafael would tell him, “When we faced oppression in Cuba, I had a place to flee to. If we lose our freedom here, where do we go?”
Dr. Brown and Pastor Cruz met a few months ago and became acquainted over lunch, and it was at that time that Rafael asked Michael to prayerfully consider endorsing his son.
Watch and listen as Michael Brown and Rafael Cruz have an informative conversation.
MB: What happened the day you gathered for prayer and decided he [Ted Cruz] should run for president?
RC: Actually, prior to that my son Ted and his family spent six months in prayer, seeking God’s will for this decision. But the day that the final green light came on, the whole family was together. It was on a Sunday.
We were all at his church — First Baptist Church in Houston, Texas — including his senior staff. and after the church service we all gathered at the pastor’s office. We were on our knees for two hours seeking God’s will. And, you know, at the end of that time, a word came through his wife, Heidi. And the word came saying, “Seek God’s face, not God’s hand.”
And I’ll tell you it was as if there was a cloud of the Holy Spirit filling that place. Some of us were weeping. and Ted just looked up and said, “Lord, here am I.”
Watch the entire 24 minutes as Rafael Cruz answers Michael’s questions and paints a background of the motives for Ted Cruz’s run for the presidency.