The Christian Post reports,
While evangelicals applauded Newt Gingrich for his sharp response to CNN debate moderator John King on Thursday night about his second wife, evangelicals are not necessarily comfortable with electing him as the “values” candidate.
Southern Baptist ethicist Richard Land said Gingrich’s answer to King’s question about his failed marriage to second wife Marianne was “tactically brilliant.” . . .
Land, the president of the SBC’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission and executive editor of The Christian Post, also disagreed with King’s decision to open the debate with Marianne’s accusations. However, he expressed that the question is relevant given the party Gingrich is running in.
“This is the party of family values. If you’re going to be in the party of family values, you got to walk the walk or you may be charged with hypocrisy,” Land said. . . .
Land agreed with supporters that Gingrich gave a strong answer. He also agreed with those who call for forgiveness. However, Land said, “Forgiveness and trusting someone with the presidency are two different things.”
Land said evangelicals and Christian leaders are in for a challenge if Gingrich becomes the nominee. “For people who have stressed family values and character, yeah it will [be difficult],” he said.
While Land and others have endorsed a candidate other than Gingrich, “In the end, Land said if Gingrich wins the GOP nomination, conservatives will get behind him.” I suspect he does not speak for all conservatives.