Called to Politics with Dan Forest – CMAW035

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What You’ll Hear:
  • Dan went to a church as a kid but didn’t hear the Gospel and wasn’t a Christian.  When he heard the Gospel he became a Christian, but his life didn’t change much.
  • He got married and they went to the Billy Graham crusade. His wife accepted Christ and got involved in a Bible study.  Dan wasn’t following God.  In early 1997 he got down on his knees and turned his life over to Him.
  • As an architect he worked on moving Billy Graham’s organization from Minneapolis and building the Billy Graham Library
  • He went to the Univ. of SC for Engineering for 2 years but hated it.  He went to the UN-Charlotte Architectual School and loved it right away.
  • His specialty was office buildings and corporate interiors.   He had a lot of fun and has no regrets.
  • His mother was the mayor of Charlotte and a member of the U.S. Congress.  He always said he wouldn’t get involved in politics because of how grueling it was on his Mom, but he really felt called to run for Lt. Gov. in 2009.
  • “When you’re really called to do something, you just have to go do it, you really can’t deny it.  It really doesn’t matter what the cost is.”
  • Dan is passionate about education. NC was the first state in the nation to have every single classroom connected to high speed broadband, even though it’s one of the most rural states in the country.  This provides opportunities that some kids didn’t have before.
  • They opened up school choice opportunities.
  • They gave teachers raises 6 years in a row.  No other state has done that.
  • Dan started the Black Mountain Men’s Retreat and this year it will be at the Cove.
  • “There’s no separation of our relationship with Jesus Christ when you become believers,  You’re just one person driven by one set of principles.”
  • “I don’t deny God…If you really believe that God is who He said He is…then you will trust in the Lord and you will follow him and tell people about Him.”
  • “I’m not called to preach as Lt. Gov but when you have opportunities you don’t shy away from talking about the truth either”
  • “This notion of truth being relative is a dangerous thing, so I believe in absolute truth”
  • To truly love our neighbors and to love our enemies, there’s a lot of crazy concepts out there in the world of politics that I believe are just as true today as they were 2000 years ago”
  • We need to engage.  We live in a culture today that separates itself into certain ideologies and certain groups.
  • “Turn politics off for a while.  There’s a lot more to life than politics”
  • The church has to love each other and we don’t do that very well. Then we need to love our neighbor.
  • “We don’t even know who our neighbors are so how are we going to love them?”
  • Favorite scriptures include those related to joy “The Joy of the Lord is our Strength” and Romans 12:1-2 – be living sacrifices and don’t be conformed to this world
  • He’s an audible.com junkie and has a general of doing 30-50 books per year.  He loves C.S. Lewis and a lot of apologetics.  He typically alternates fiction and non-fiction.
  • To contact call the Lt. Gov office or go to www.danforest.com or http://www.facebook.com/danforestnc

Author: Dave Hilgendorf

Christian, married with 3 daughters, engineer

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