Conservative Texas Sen. Ted Cruz explained Wednesday that his Christian faith was instrumental for his ability to forgive President Donald Trump for the hurtful things he said and tweeted during the 2016 presidential election.
Cruz, 49, spoke with ABC News’ Paula Faris for her “Journeys of Faith” podcast this week over the phone in the middle of a busy voting day on Capitol Hill.
Cruz was asked specifically about how he was able to overlook the fact that Trump said some nasty things about him and his wife during the 2016 election when Cruz was arguably Trump’s most viable contender for the Republican nomination.
For example in March 2016, Trump tweeted a post comparing the looks of his own supermodel wife, Melania, and Cruz’s wife, Heidi, a managing director at Goldman Sachs. At the time, Cruz also accused the Trump campaign of organizing a National Enquirer story claiming Cruz had five mistresses.
Despite the tensions during the 2016 primary, Cruz is now one of Trump’s most vocal supporters in the U.S. Senate.
“There is no doubt that forgiveness is critical to what it means to be a Christian,” Cruz told Faris. “I try to forgive, certainly. As God has forgiven us, we are commanded to do the same.”
He added that the call to forgive others is stated clearly in the Lord’s prayer.
“‘Forgive us of our trespasses as we forgive those who have trespassed against us,’” Cruz explained. “That is foundational. It is not easy. It is human to allow your feelings to be hurt and hold a grudge.”
“But at the same time, I do think one of the reasons I feel blessed to be a Christian is that politics can be ugly, hard work. People say nasty things. Harry Truman famously said, ‘If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog.’”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith