SOURCE: LifeWay Christian Resources

March 01, 2007 10:46 ET

Character Shaped by Faith Makes a Difference, Presidential Hopeful Tells LifeWay Podcast Audience

NASHVILLE, TN -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 1, 2007 -- Former President Bill Clinton once told an inquiring audience that "character isn't the issue," but one presidential hopeful believes "character defines the world we live in, our government, welfare programs, schools and everything else in our lives."

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee announced his run for the White House during a Jan. 28, 2007, airing of NBC's "Meet the Press." In a recent interview for an "Inside LifeWay" podcast (available at, the 51-year-old Huckabee discussed a soon-to-be released book published by B&H Publishing Group and said character definitively matters.

"A person's core is what gives them the center for what they do or how they act," he said. "Our responses in the real crises of life are the natural flow of who we are. If we aren't authentic, that's going to come out in a crisis."

Huckabee, former pastor president of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention, has heard comments like, "we are electing a president, not a pastor," but doesn't believe the criticism is valid.

"When I talk about the role of faith in my life I think it is so very important that those of us who are going to seek public office are honest with the people about who we are and what makes us tick," he said. "The politician who runs from faith when asked about it is the politician to run from."

Huckabee says people ought to be very comforted by a politician who is honest about his or her faith. He said being a Christian politician doesn't mean imposing Christian faith on others, enacting laws that force people to go to church or replacing "the Capitol dome with a steeple."

"The greatest thing about faith is that if it is not free to be rejected it is not free to be accepted," he said.

Huckabee's book, "Character Makes a Difference," is scheduled for a May 2007 release. In the podcast, Huckabee defines character from a biblical worldview and touches on who his spiritual and political influences are, his daily spiritual practices, and separation of church and state issues. The "Inside LifeWay" podcast, produced by the communications department of LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention, is available for download at

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