My Faith & Family
There are a couple things about me and my life that have, should, and will be prioritized over my political activism and candidacy. I do not believe my faith should be dictated to others through political force or government initiative. I do, however, believe that both my faith and family should inform every area of my life. I will not shy from speaking about them.
1. My faith:
I am a fully devoted follower of Jesus Christ. I have followed Him since I was a child and I have experienced many miracles in my life. I believe the Bible is true and about God’s relationship with humanity. God sent His Son, Jesus, to the world to reveal His love for us, His true nature, and to deliver us from separation with Him.
I believe in living with honesty and authenticity because the grace of God is always greater than my virtues or fears, weaknesses or failures. God is an inclusive Father to all humanity and this conviction leads me to be personally and lovingly inclusive of those I may disagree with or would be disappointed in.
Libertarian philosophy is absolutely the most Christ-like in its principles, which state that every individual has inherent dignity and liberty, we should not initiate force on one another, and true justice is restorative.
You will hear and see much about my faith. I want you to know me. I want to be REAL with you. I want you to know I will defend your right to your own convictions and beliefs, regardless of what they are. I speak about my faith with passion and sincerity, not because I am trying to create a Christian government (that would be counter to my beliefs), but because I am a Christian.
I love Jesus. He has been steadfast in His devotion to me and my best response is to return that heartfelt devotion.
2. My marriage and family:
Kathy and I were married on August 13, of 2011 after meeting and dating through the website eharmony. She is a Montana native who went to college in Seattle where we spent our first few years together. As an Oklahoma boy, living in Seattle seemed exotic. The Pacific Northwest is very beautiful.
We moved here to Grand Lake, OK to be closer to family and create a faith community called #GrandLakeLife, which is a non-institutional network of people who help people in need and encourage one another through prayer and relationship.
Kathy and I have been through much and have two amazing boys, Elisha and Isaiah. We homeschool them together, but my wife is also a full-time Registered Nurse.
My family is more important than a campaign or my activism. But part of the reason I have entered politics is for them, to ensure a future where individual liberty and restorative justice for all are sacred and the foundation of our society.
I love my wife and kids. They have been incredibly supportive, tolerant, forgiving, encouraging, and inspiring in our years together.