Kicking off an events packed couple of days in Myrtle Beach leading up to the GOP Presidential debate Monday night, the Faith and Freedom Coalition held a prayer breakfast. The event was even more popular than expected, with about 250 people being turned away.
I have to say, I don't think I've attended a prayer breakfast before the one today. Our group was front and center, with a great view. One table over was Jay Sekulow of the American Center for Law and Justice, who spoke to the crowd about religious freedom and public policy. He spoke of the troubling path taken by the Obama administration towards Israel, in particular.
Two GOP presidential candidates were in attendance.
We were also next to the table that seated Governor Perry and Ralph Reed. Governor Perry was mobbed by press and attendees alike. Governor Perry delivered a speech concentrating on his personal story of his faith and his life leading up to today. He introduced his son, Griff, to the crowd.
Ralph Reed spoke about the importance of South Carolina voters - who traditionally choose the GOP candidate - to support a candidate who is strong not just in economic policy but also in personal values.
Eric Metaxas, commonly known as the creator of Veggie Tales but also the author of a biographies of Wilburforce and Bonhoeffer for the grown-ups, spoke of living in Manhattan and the atmosphere of feeling out of the mainstream liberal view of stifling religious expression. He unabashedly supports Rick Santorum.
Rick Santorum brought his wife, Karen, and their daughter to the event. He said the other kids were not willing to get up so early to make the early morning drive from Charleston. He encourage the crowd to not allow the media and the "establishment" to chose the candidate but to take a chance on him, as South Carolina did with Ronald Reagan in 1980.