ORLANDO (FBW)—During a four-day swing through the Sunshine State filled with political events aimed to boost her presidential campaign, Rep. Michele Bachman, R-Minn., paused Aug. 27 in Orlando to plea for support of a pro-family advocacy organization and share her personal Christian pilgrimage, urging Christians to “pour out” their lives for the cause of Christ in their spheres of influence.
Bachmann spoke to the annual awards banquet of Florida Family Policy Council which recognized legislators who sponsored five pro-life measures passed during 2011 legislative session and Senate President Mike Haridopolos, R-Merritt Island, for his leadership in turning the historically politically moderate upper chamber of the Legislature toward pro-family principles.
FFPC President John Stemberger lauded Bachmann for her 100 percent voting record as evaluated by conservative political organizations and her zero percent record by liberal organizations.
Stemberger also praised Bachmann and her husband, Marcus, who joined the congresswoman for the event, for their commitment to pro-life principles by caring for 23 foster children during their marriage.
In her address, Bachmann said her youngest of five biological children recently went to college and quipped: “After 29 years of parenting, an empty nest looks pretty darn good right now. So we thought, ‘What the heck, run for president of the United States.’”
It was one of only two explicit references to her presidential ambitions during the address, which largely focused on her spiritual pilgrimage and life story.
At the age of 16, Bachmann said she “radically abandoned myself to Jesus Christ” and began to read voraciously the Bible every morning.
During her college years she and her husband were exposed to the teaching of Christian apologist Francis Schaeffer whose film series, How Shall We Then Live, caused her to understand the obligations of Christian discipleship.
“Dr. Schaeffer challenged us that God is a God of all humanity and all of life,” she said.
“He’s not just the God of Sunday morning. God is not just the God of theology. He’s the God of biology, of sociology, of psychology, of every profession there is,” she said.
Bachmann, who went on to become a federal tax attorney, while her husband earned a Ph.D. in psychology, said the couple began to understand that “God could use us in our careers. And so we gave ourselves over to the Lord in a completely different way.”
As newlyweds, the Bachmanns’ Christian commitment resulted in helping women dealing with unplanned pregnancies, she said.
Later in their marriage after they were well established professionally with a growing family and the ideal house, a traumatic miscarriage “changed Marcus and I forever,” she said.
“We didn’t see ourselves as materialistic. We didn’t see ourselves as overly career-minded,” Bachmann explained. “But at that moment, we fell into each other’s arms in our grief and we prayed together as husband and wife. And we said to the Lord in the midst of our tears, ‘Father, whatever number of children you give to use, that we will receive.’”
Soon thereafter, the Bachmanns began taking in foster children, 23 total over the years.
“We never thought in a million years that we could take in this many children. … But the Lord changed us and used us, not because we’re great, but because He was great. His heart was broken for these children and He asked us, ‘Would you break your heart, too,’” she recalled.
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