Huckabee reflects on Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day (AUDIO)

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee was the final speaker at yesterday’s Family Leadership Summit at a church in Waukee, Iowa. Although the event served as a roll-out for the Iowans for Freedom campaign to unseat one of the Iowa Supreme Court justices, Huckabee’s remarks were more sermon than political speech – and included a warning about the “real trap” of politics. 

He began with humor, and then a personal admission:  “When I was in first grade and my parents would drop me off at school, I was so afraid my parents would not come back to get me.”

Huckabee told the crowd/congregation most people have that fear, of being left behind, of being alone.  Huckabee then made the connection to what he called the “unmitigated joy” of Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.

“It was a remarkable moment…when people by the hundreds of thousands lined up to go get a chicken sandwich at a Chick-fil-A restaurant…When people got in those lines…That was a day when a lot of people in this country looked around and realized they weren’t alone.”

Huckabee’s warning: “It is not about me. It is not about you. It is what God put us on Earth to do…When is it we’re ever going to understand that we are not playing by the simple and sometimes ridiculously ugly rules of mere human politics, but rather by something far bigger than that and God has not called us to simply find out if we can beat the other side, but the  ultimate is to find out whether we are faithful?

“…I have a different belief than some people and it kind of puts me at odds with many people that I rub shoulders with all the time and it’s this: I don’t believe that ultimately the real challenges, problems of this great nation of ours are altogether political. I know there are some people who think that if we just elect the right person president, everything’s going to be fine…We could change the entire political landscape of America, but I am convinced more than I have ever been convinced that just electing different people to run the show doesn’t change the script until we, as a country, get back to the place where we understand that we are a nation, under God, conceived by his own grace and purpose…This is not a political problem. It is ultimately a spiritual problem.

“…I am just so convinced that we are not responsible to deliver certain results, which is a real trap, particularly when we get involved into politics. We are to be faithful to the task and the task is not just the election of one party over another, one person over another. The faithfulness of the task is to take a stand for that which is right against that which is wrong.”

AUDIO of Huckabee’s 30-minute speech.

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O. Kay Henderson is the news director of Radio Iowa.