Dr. Ben Carson is running for President, something he vowed he’d only do “if God grabbed me by the collar and told me to do it.” As of this writing, he is second in the most recent polls, trailing only fellow “outsider” Donald Trump in Iowa, New Hampshire, and nationally. The retired neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush in 2008. He received national attention when he presented his pro-life views at the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast, with President Obama seated a few feet away. A native of Detroit, Dr. Carson was educated at Yale University and the University of Michigan Medical School. Only recently did Dr. Carson join the Republican Party, yet he stands near the top in all the polls. So what do we know about this would-be President? More importantly, what do we know about his personal faith? Fortunately, Carson has been very outspoken about his faith, so we didn’t have to work very hard to find his religious views and convictions. Here’s what we know.
1. Ben Carson is a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. He was baptized at Burns Seventh-day Adventist Church on Detroit’s east side. A few years later, he said he did not fully understand the meaning of salvation and baptism at that time, so he was baptized again, at a church in Inkster, Michigan. His mother was Seventh-day Adventist and introduced him to the faith as a child. Active in his church, Dr. Carson has served as an elder and Sabbath school teacher.
2. Dr. Carson is an outspoken advocate for Christian views. Don’t be misled by his calm demeanor. Carson stood up for the unborn with the President sitting next to him, at the February 7, 2013 National Prayer Breakfast. He spoke in favor of the “biblical tithe” at the recent Fox News presidential debate. He has been outspoken about his other views on marriage, taxation, and morality. In an interview with Neil Cavuto, he said, “Somebody has to be courageous enough to stand up to the bullies.” At the National Prayer Breakfast, Carson called political correctness “dangerous.”
3. Ben Carson has consistently been strongly pro-life. Unlike other pro-life candidates such as Donald Trump, Dr. Carson has never wavered in his views. He has been an outspoken critic of Planned Parenthood in light of the recently released videos exposing their barbaric actions and comments. He told the Washington Post, “If you’re killing babies and taking the tissue, that’s a very different thing from taking a dead specimen and keeping a record of it.”
4. Dr. Carson is a student of Scripture. His love for the Bible was established early in his life. In his book, Gifted Hands, he related that in his youth he had a violent temper. After nearly stabbing a friend, he began reading the Book of Proverbs, applying verses on anger and thereafter “never had another problem with temper.” He has made Bible reading a part of his daily routine ever since.
5. Carson supports traditional marriage. On Hannity, he said, “Marriage is between a man and a woman. No group gets to change the definition.” Knowing his views put him at odds with gays, he reaches out to them in love. “The Bible says we have an obligation to love our fellow man as ourselves, and I love everybody the same, including homosexuals.”
6. Ben Carson does not believe in evolution. On this he is clear. In a 2006 debate with Richard Dawkins, he stated, “I don’t believe in evolution. I simply don’t have enough faith to believe that something as complex as our ability to rationalize, think, and plan, and have a moral sense of what right and wrong, just appeared.”
Dr. Ben Carson is running for President. He has already gotten further than many of us expected. In his race, he has not made his faith the centerpiece of his campaign, but he has not run from it, either. His political views are clearly informed by his faith. Ben Carson is a dedicated follower of Jesus Christ. He is a committed leader of his local church. He loves Scripture, applies its truths, and displays amazing humility. While not condemning others for their views, Ben Carson is an outspoken advocate for Christianity, and he lives a life that is consistent with his views.