Ronald Reagan, My Christian Hero

He was as pro-life, pro-family, pro-national defense and pro-Israel--as we were.

BY: Jerry Falwell


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I shall never forget a private conversation I had with Mr. Reagan in New Orleans in 1980. He was on the campaign trail and I had traveled there to meet him at the airport. His plane landed and we rode together to the place where thousands were waiting to hear his fresh and conservative message. In the back seat of the limousine, he shared his vision for America with me. He told me how and when he had become a follower of Jesus Christ. That day, he confirmed all my hopes that this was the man to lead America.

In the day after his election in November 1980, he conducted his first press conference as the president-elect. From 3,000 miles away, I listened carefully as a reporter asked him if he would be paying attention to all of these evangelicals and religious conservatives, i.e., "moral majoritarians." He said to this reporter - to us, and to the world - that he would be giving special attention to the people who had helped elect him. And he did.

Early in his first term, I met privately with President Reagan in the Oval Office to communicate to our new leader a list of the major concerns of the so-called "religious right." I was so impressed with his crisp and confident responses, making it very clear to me that he was as pro-life, pro-family, pro-national defense and pro-Israel as we were.

I left that meeting with a fire burning in my heart. In answer to prayer and hard work, God had given us a great leader. The only other person in the room that day was Faith Whittlesey, his very loyal and conservative aide. Whenever I have seen Faith since then, we almost always speak of that special day when our beloved president commissioned me to tell the evangelical world that a new day had dawned in America. And I spent eight years doing so.

I appeal to all believers across this nation to rededicate ourselves to the Reagan agenda. Let us fearlessly stand up for the unborn, the biblical family, a strong national defense and unswerving support for Israel.

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