A few thoughts on the speech last night:

16536540067_c42bf9085a_nTed Cruz may have ended his political career, and if so, that’s all right. It’s better to honor your loved ones than the bully who mocked and slandered them. It’s also better to sleep in the bedroom than on the couch. At least Cruz will be able to sleep at night.

Critics are saying Cruz ought to forgive Trump. Why aren’t they saying that Trump ought to ask for forgiveness?

It seems that Cruz did what Reagan did in 1976–deliver a gracious, principled speech without endorsing the nominee. The biggest difference is that Reagan didn’t get booed off the stage.

Cruz’s words were good: freedom, principle, voting your conscience. But he didn’t give the mob the one thing they cared about–his endorsement. His shameful treatment says more about them than about him.

Cruz is taking a principled gamble with his career and looking beyond this election, which is a lost cause. Perhaps in the future character and principle will matter once more. If so, he may be remembered as one of the few who stood tall when everyone else was bowing down to The Donald. If not, then the least thing Ted Cruz will have to worry about is his reputation.

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for BreakPoint.org. He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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