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"Influence & action" Continued...

Issue: "The ABCs of C Street," Aug. 29, 2009

Q: What did you think of John McCain? McCain was the lesser of two evils. The choice was McCain, Obama, or squander your vote. It's pacifism to squander your vote. We have to work now to get the right person chosen in the primary.

Q: Who are you for in 2012? The candidate who best represents Jesus Christ.

Q: What do you think of Mike Huckabee? I would vote for Huckabee. I know him well and have confidence that he would make a good president. He's the most experienced political person who is committed to the principles of Christ.

Q: What about Mitt Romney? If you eliminate two or three others . . . Huckabee, Sarah Palin . . . [turning to his wife]: Bev, help me out . . . [Sen. Jim] DeMint.

Q: Did Mark Sanford's fall surprise you? I was very impressed with Sanford. Didn't realize what was going on. A candidate has to walk the walk. Since we're in opposition to the media, we need someone with a charismatic personality who has integrity. That's scarce.

Q: Is there a downside to the increased political involvement of evangelicals over the past half century? It's possible for a pastor to go overboard and neglect preaching of the gospel. But D. James Kennedy, Falwell, Bright-they all kept evangelism as the primary target.

Q: You're now best-known for the Left Behind series. Do you like being known for that? I had 13 million books in print before the Left Behind series came out. But fiction is a great vehicle to the mind.

Q: How did you come to write your new book about Jesus? An evangelist sent me a collage of 12 newsmagazines with Jesus on the cover. I set it on my credenza. Every day I'd walk in and see that the world is fascinated with Jesus. No one even comes close to His influence. He transformed the status of women like no one else did. Women then were traded for cattle, now they're the leaders of countries. Where paganism dominates, they're still treated badly.

Q: What have you and Beverly done to keep your marriage strong over the years? When we met we were in a Christian college training to serve the Lord. It's been a running romance for 62 years because of Him.

Q: In the Left Behind series and now your new series, you have this world imminently coming to an end. I've been married for 33 years and I have to tell you I'd like to get to 62. I used to pray, "Lord, I want You to come as soon as possible, but wouldn't You give me a chance to pastor a church for some more years?" We have more prophetic fulfillment of endtime prophecy that any generation before us-but if it doesn't happen soon, that gives more time for more people to come to Christ.

Q: What happens when you and Beverly argue? When you're married to a strong woman there are gracious ways to resolve an argument without walking away. We practice the principle of acknowledging the Lord. I say, "This is what Bev wants to do, this is what I want to do." Every time one or the other of us has said, "I agree with you"-or the Lord will give us a third way.

Q: Beverly? (She nodded and said, "We never spent the night without speaking with each other.")

Q: True, Tim? Sometimes I kissed her good night with clenched teeth.

Marvin Olasky
Marvin Olasky

Marvin is editor in chief of WORLD News Group and the author of more than 20 books, including The Tragedy of American Compassion. Follow Marvin on Twitter @MarvinOlasky.

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