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Catholic Convert Jindal: Accepting Jesus 'Most Important' Moment

Friday, 09 May 2014 01:39 PM

By Melanie Batley

Louisiana GOP Gov. Bobby Jindal says that accepting Jesus Christ was the "most important" moment in his life, and he is unflinching in his commitment to his conservative Christian values.

In a speech he will deliver this weekend at Liberty University's graduation ceremony, the possible 2016 presidential hopeful is also expected to talk about how religious liberty and people of faith are under attack in today's society, according to CBN News' "The Brody File," which received an exclusive advance copy of the speech.

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"I could tell you a lot of amusing stories about my folks adjusting to life in America," the 42-year-old son of Indian immigrants is expected so say. "But I want to fast forward to the most significant thing that has ever happened to me, and it happened when I was a child."
Jindal describes how he a Bible was given to him as a Christmas gift.

"The short story is this, I read the words of Jesus Christ and I realized that they were true. I used to think that I had found God, but I believe it is more accurate to say that He found me."

Jindal in the prepared text describes describe how a turning point came after he was asked during a political debate, "What is the single most important moment in your life?” and how he decided to give a different answer than the one he had prepared for through the rigors of training with staff and consultants.

"I knew exactly what they hoped I would say — they would argue that I should try to appeal to female voters by offering a touching story about when I asked my wife Supriya for her hand in marriage, or about the birth of my first child. And yes, those were great moments," he says in the prepared remarks.

"But instead, I decided to do something new in politics, I told the audience the truth — that the most significant moment of my life was when I turned it over to Jesus Christ and acknowledged Him as my Savior."

Jindal is also expected to talk about media "elitism" in discussing politicians who have conservative social and Christian values.

"Inevitably during these interviews they say something like this: 'You are a smart guy. We know you went to Brown and were a Rhodes Scholar. So tell me, how is it that you call yourself pro-life, and you say that you oppose gay marriage, and you say that you oppose gun control? You just say that stuff to get elected in the Deep South right?'"

"So of course, l liked to have a little fun with it, so I would lean over the desk, and in hushed tones, pretending to confide in him or her, I would say, 'Well, just between us, do me a favor, go tell your editors the bad news, tell them that I absolutely believe everything I say.' As you can imagine, those interviews ended rather abruptly," he is expected to say.

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