Today, the historic First Baptist Church of Dallas posted the video, on their site, of Governor Mike Huckabee’s Sunday visit as a guest pastor to the Dallas church. Huckabee was introduced by the infamous Dallas pastor,Dr. Robert Jeffress, as the man at the top of the polls – the preferred presidential candidate of the GOP primaries.
Huckabee is as well known as a former Baptist pastor as he is as a former governor and prominent political star. Huckabee quipped that the congregation could be forgiven any anxiety or for thinking, ” Pastor, politician – huh!, We’re going to be here a long time and he’s going to ask for money!”.
One of Huckabee’s funniest Dallas stories was of the time when he, then a young man, was working for the Christian Ministries of evangelist James Robinson in Dallas. Tasked as driver for a Christian VIP, the young impressionable Huckabee was embarrassed when realizing he had brought no cash with him, he was forced to borrow money from his guest to exit Dallas Love Field parking.
Huckabee used that Dallas memory to point out how God teaches the most profound truths through the most trying moments of his life and reminded him that someday he was going to be at the gates of Heaven with no one to ask how to get through the gates. And when that day came, being a pastor wouldn’t gain him entrance, being a Governor wouldn’t get him through, only God and his faith would get him through.
The content of Huckabee’s preachings and his prayer centered around the theme that everyone is born, destined to die, but that it was possible through Jesus Christ to “live beyond our lifetimes.”
“Death shatters our priorities,” warned Huckabee, speaking of the tragedy in Japan pointing out that the visual pictures seemed surreal; yet they were “real people suffering real horror.” Huckabee had earlier referenced the 19 terrorists who were prepared to die, but the thousands who died in the terrorist attack had gone about their life with no thoughts for what awaited.
“To live beyond our lifetime,” explained Huckabee, it is necessary to try and try again, to live as a mirror of Jesus Christ. He went on reminding the gathering that it was not always easy to be a Christian but trying, with faith, was the secret to afterlife. “When we take the stand for Jesus Christ and for his word, it will be in competition with the tide and the culture,” warned Huckabee, promising that our “faith is at its very best when it’s challenged.”
Huckabee mentioned terrorists, taxes, today’s culture, all with great wit, great humor, but at no time did he mention Fox News, President Obama, Sarah Palin or the upcoming presidential race in 2012. Although a plate was passed at the Sunday meeting, politics was not on his plate. Governor Mike Huckabee came to Dallas and spoke as a preacher, not a candidate, and likely won many votes because he did so.