Senator Tim Scott

Tim ScottSenator Tim Scott interviewed by Pastor Greg Laurie

   When I was 11 years old at Morris Street Baptist Church in Charleston, South Carolina, when I gave my life to the Lord, He became my Savior. He did not become my Lord until I was a freshman in college on a small football scholarship at Presbyterian College when I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. Not just my Savior. Because at 11 years old I knew I needed a Savior. I didn’t realize the delineation between a Savior and a Lord. A Lord is how you live your life. A Savior is where you go when it is over. I needed a Lord. I wanted an earthly father and I found in Scripture at 18 years old that Jesus Christ could lead me to my Heavenly Father, and I could read the Scripture to understand who I am in Christ. That became my journey.

   That is one of the reasons why if you read my legislation, if you focus on my agenda, it is not about helping fill-in-the-blank people. It is not about conservatives. It is not about Republicans. It is not about blacks. I am a conservative. I am black. It is not about me. It can’t be about me. I have been called to serve a greater good and that greater good is helping people, the least of these first—Matthew 25 talks about certain groups of people that need help. You help widows, prisoners, the naked, and the hungry. How did I treat Him, Jesus, is how I treat my fellow brothers and sisters. So if I do that in my legislative priorities I think the country is going to be better off. Maybe I am only called to reach 1/10th of the country or 1 percent of the country. Do your job. I might just be the toe. You are obviously the heart or the head. On the body of Christ, I am simply the toe or the finger or the pinky. Count me in though. I want to go all in for what the Lord has given me and when I do that I know that Matthew 25:21, “Well done, my good and faithful servant,” is what I will hear at the end.

   But if it is all about me, if it is all about black people, if it is all about politicians, if it is all about conservatives, if it is all about Republicans, I don’t know that God looks down and says, “Man, I made you an African American alive and healthy in 2020 and the best you can do is just help yourself.” I don’t think that He looks at that and smiles. I think He wants every characteristic that He has given each of us to serve other people and to do so in a way that attracts people not to ourselves but attracts people to the God in us to the Lord in the world. When that happens, I can walk up to a police officer who happens to white and love him because when my house was broken into when I was a kid, he responded. I can say to the police officer who happened to be white who pulled me over for driving while I was black and had no other reason for pulling me over—I can be ashamed of that. I can be righteously indignant to that. I can be both. I should be both. That is what we are missing. I am not on someone’s side. It is painful when you are a black, conservative Republican and you speak out when you see wrong on the conservative side and when you are wrong on the black side, you get attacked on both sides. Once again, from whence comes my strength? It comes from above.

Greg:     That’s right. When you were a young man you mentioned that your father wasn’t there. I didn’t have a dad growing up. My mom was married and divorced seven times so I grew up in a fatherless home. I came to faith at 17, very close to your age.

Tim:       Yeah. 18.

Greg:     18. So very close there. But a mentor stepped into your life. It is interesting. You were standing in line at Chick-Fil-A, and all you could afford were the French fries and a glass of water. But you had another motive for standing in line at Chick-Fil-A. You met a man that worked in a movie theater, who for the next four years impacted your life, and it turned out to be the last four years of his life. Tell us about the influence of a mentor in a young person’s life.

Tim:       This is one of the beauties of God’s love. The agape form of love is unconditional and doesn’t see anything other than the purest form of love, and that is why pure love casts out all darkness. It is a form of light. For me that came in the form of a Chick-Fil-A operator that you just described when I was working at the movie theater after I stood in line because he had really cute girls working there and I wanted the French fries as well. He came down and brought me a Chick-Fil-A sandwich and started a conversation. This was 1981, ‘82. A white guy. I am a poor black kid. He started a conversation and one of the most important things he taught me over the next four years was that what you think is possible is way too limited. He really started weaving into my consciousness this notion that with God all things were possible. Then after he passed away I became far more familiar. He was 38 years old when he died. I was 19, and I realized that I had a responsibility to teach the lessons of John Moniz, the lessons he taught me about—having a job is a good thing but creating jobs is a better thing. Making an income will make you have a good quality of life, but having a profit gives you equity in this amazing country.

   That really, for a poor kid who flunked out of high school as a freshman, was like manna from Heaven. It was just enough to sustain me. But it made me hungry for more. What I learned was Ephesians 3:20–21, that God is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that you ask or imagine. So at 19, I started dreaming about the craziest things like one day being governor of my state or of being mayor of my city. For some reason even then I knew I wanted to be in public service because one of the lessons of John was a poor kid could make a huge difference. You just have to find your path. So what I am trying to say, to people who may be listening to us, is that mentoring is transformative. Do not think that you need to have a black mentor to help a black kid. You need someone who loves unconditionally without any other motivation to make the kind of difference that leads a poor kid flunking out of high school, who failed civics the study of politics, to one day be a United States senator writing the laws for our country—because God has a sense of humor.

Greg:   Wow. I think that man saw your potential and that God had a special plan for your life. I wonder, Tim this is probably not a question you want to answer, but would you ever consider running for the presidency?

Tim:   Wow. That is a question. Maybe of my homeowner’s association, who knows? Greg, I have been watching you since the 1980s. ’83–’84, I think it was TBN or PTL. You were on live. You had longer hair than you have now. It was down to your shoulders. I thought you were the coolest dude who loved the Lord, and who was doing what God had called him to do. My hope is that my future will look like your entire journey, which is, “I will do what God has called me to do.” It may be a higher office running for it. I may lose. Or it may be entering into the ministry and becoming an evangelist. Where I get to go around and share the gospel of Jesus Christ in the land of the living. Whatever He calls I hope I have ears to hear and a heart that is soft enough to respond.

Greg:   Well just for the record, I think you would be an amazing president if that was God’s plan for you. I think you are an amazing evangelist too. There are a lot of options out there. I don’t want to take too much of your time but I would like to pray for you if that’d be OK.

Tim:   Please. That’d be wonderful.

Greg:   Father, I thank you for Senator Tim Scott. How that poor boy with an uncertain future with no father was touched by you and that man took an interest in him and how you have guided him and how he has served in this position that he is in. We know that you have a plan for him yet in the future. The thoughts that You have toward him are good and we pray that he will find that plan and walk in it. That you will protect him. That you will guide him. Give him the wisdom he needs as he navigates political issues, racial issues, social issues, and all issues. Our faith is in You, and our trust is in You. I thank you for him. Bless Senator Scott and his staff and use him for Your glory. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Tim:   Amen. Thank you so much, Pastor Greg. God bless you. Thank you for your ministry for all these years. I certainly am a fan, and I thank God that He called you when He did. And look what God did in your life. I got to say, it’s exciting to see and to learn from you even to this day. Bless you.

Greg:     God bless you, senator.

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