Ryan Cason is pulling no punches as a Christian political candidate. If elected governor of Wisconsin in 2018, he unapologetically plans to put an end to two of the nation’s most controversial issues—abortion and gay marriage—in his state.
A former Navy corpsman, Cason filed his candidacy for governor in December 2016 announced it to the public last January. He is the only Republican candidate to challenge incumbent Gov. Scott Walker, while there are 13 Democratic candidates and five third-party candidates vying for the position as of this week. The party primaries are set for June.
By running for governor, Cason, who works two manual labor jobs and is attending seminary online fulltime, says he is “following the Holy Spirit’s leading and picking up my cross.”
With no prior political experience, Cason, 32, has undertaken a rather unorthodox journey in his candidacy. His pleas for financial contributions come solely through prayer, and he chooses to focus his attention on eradicating “those things that Jesus detests,” including abortion and same-sex marriage. All other issues are secondary.
“I am a man of no stature running on faith,” Cason said. “I do not promote myself at all, but rather drive to the different counties of the state and bring together men of God in order to conduct prayer meetings. … I have sat down beforehand and considered the cost. I have been shunned locally by ‘Christians’ in my community (Solon Springs) and have entered into a massive spiritual battle—the hardest I’ve ever been in. But Jesus says that if we do not do these things, we cannot be his disciple.”
While some might consider Cason to be a “crusader” with little chance of putting an end to two of society’s most controversial issues, Cason is quick to point out that the Bible is full of stories where groups and individuals were faced with the impossible.
For Cason, it’s all a matter of the strength of his faith.
“The whole basis of the Christian faith resides on an immaculate conception,” he said. “And before that, we’ve believed in the walls of Jericho falling down and the Red Sea parting. There are too many biblical miracles to list, but my point is precisely that we serve a miraculous God.
“My question is this, ‘How long must we ask the Lord to end abortion before He finally picks someone to do it?’ We know that He uses human agents to accomplish His will, and we know that He uses the lowly things of the world to bring to fruition that which He desires to accomplish. The problem is exactly what Moses was worried about: Convincing the people of Israel—and in this case, America—that he was sent by Yahweh as an answer to their prayers.”
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SOURCE: Charisma, Shawn A. Akers