U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., accepted the Democratic Party’s vice-presidential nomination Wednesday night as she pulled from the New Testament in her speech on the third night of the Democratic National Convention.
Harris stepped onto a stage at the Chase Center in Wilmington, Delaware and became the first black woman and Asian-American to run on a major United States political party presidential ticket.
To introduce herself to the country, the early parts of her speech were focused on her background before she went on to criticize the current administration and voice concern about the direction of the country.
She briefly invoked Scripture when mentioning the values instilled in her by her mother, Shyamala Gopalan Harris.
Quoting from 2 Corinthians 5:7, Harris professed her commitment “to the Word that teaches me to walk by faith, and not by sight.”
The 55-year-old explained that her mother taught her that service to others “gives life purpose and meaning.”
“And oh, how I wish she were here tonight but I know she’s looking down on me from above,” the senator and former California attorney general, explained. “I keep thinking about that 25-year-old Indian woman — all of five feet tall — who gave birth to me at Kaiser Hospital in Oakland, California.”
Harris declared that her mother probably would never have imagined that her daughter would one day accept the Democrat Party’s nomination for vice president of the United States.
“I do so, committed to the values she taught me. To the Word that teaches me to walk by faith, and not by sight,” she stressed. “And to a vision passed on through generations of Americans — one that Joe Biden shares.”
The nominee said that the “vision” is a desire to see “our nation as a Beloved Community — where all are welcome, no matter what we look like, where we come from, or who we love.” The idea of the “beloved community” is one that was made popular by Martin Luther King, Jr.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Ryan Foley