The fight for the evangelical vote in South Carolina – and in all likelihood, Florida and Georgia – continued Wednesday with this endorsement from the Rev. Michael Youssef, the Egyptian-born pastor of an Atlanta super church:
Lines from the transcript:
”To me, as a person who understands the Scripture, I highly regard a person who knows how to repent when they sin – than a person who is self-righteous never acknowledges their sin….
“[Gingrich] is one of the few people that truly knows what the threat that is coming to our doorstep….
“We are not choosing a pastor in chief. We are choosing a commander-in-chief. Somebody who understands the world [and is] realistic about the threats that we face.”
Here’s a measure of Youssef’s footprint, from the Gingrich campaign:
His weekly television and daily radio programs are broadcast in 20 languages to more than 190 countries – airing 3,300 times per week. He is also the founding pastor of The Church of The Apostles in Atlanta, Ga.
Dr. Youssef was born in Egypt, lived in Lebanon and Australia before coming to the United States. In 1984, he fulfilled a childhood dream of becoming an American citizen. He holds degrees from Moore College in Sydney, Australia, and from Fuller Theological Seminary in California. In 1984, he earned a Ph.D. in social anthropology from Emory University. He has authored more than 22 books, including the most recent – “When the Crosses Are Gone: Restoring Sanity to a World Gone Mad.”
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider