Mitt Romney speaks at Liberty University Commencement; the university was founded by Dr. Jerry Falwell in 1971
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Jerry L. Falwell, Sr. [1933 2007] was an evangelical fundamentalist Southern Baptist pastor, televangelist, and a conservative commentator from the United States. He was the founding pastor of the Thomas Road Baptist Church, a megachurch in Lynchburg, Virginia. He founded Lynchburg Christian Academy (now Liberty Christian Academy) in 1967, Liberty University in 1971, and cofounded the Moral Majority in 1979.

Former Governor of Massachusetts and presumptive Republican nominee, Mitt Romney, delivered Liberty University's 39th Commencement address on Saturday,
May 12, 2012 to Liberty graduates, family, friends, faculty, and guests.

Gov. Romney is a successful businessman and political leader who is best known as the 70th Governor of Massachusetts, the president of the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games, and the presumptive Republican nominee for the 2012 presidential election. In his remarks, Gov. Romney compelled the 2012 graduating class to forever cherish what they've learned at Liberty University, and to keep their values at the heart of their lives and careers.

This video is a little long for a Drawbridge post at 20 minutes. However, with the potential conflict between the Mormon faith and that of the evangelical faith, it may be well worth your time to listen to how Mitt Romney skillfully wove a simpatico relationship between Mormonism and evangelicalism. Liberty University was an outgrowth of Thomas Road Baptist Church of Lynchburg, VA.

When Mitt said, in his speech, "marriage is a relationship between one man and one woman" it drew a sustained standing ovation!

During his speech, Mitt tells the story of a visit Jerry Falwell made to the home of Ann and Mitt Romney. While posing for a picture in the living room, Mitt wanted Jerry in the middle, between Ann and him. However, Jerry insisted on Ann being in the middle, with Jerry and Mitt on either side of Ann.

Jerry explained the pose this way. "Christ died between two thieves."

Jerry Falwell had a strong sense of humor. More important, he had a strong will to succeed when it came to building a church. While building the Thomas Road Baptist Church, he made it a practice to knock on 100 doors a day, inviting people to come to his church on Sunday.

What we see today at Liberty University, has its roots in those 100 doors a day with a big smile and an invitation to come to church on Sunday.

G. Edwin Lint, BS, ThB, MA, -- Editor
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