CBD: You were a pastor for 12 years before you
decided to enter politics in 1991. How did God lead you to public service? Can
you share some of the major lessons God taught you while you served the people
MH: It was a
process and pilgrimage to arrive at the point to decide this was my mission. It
was not a “Damascus”
all-of-a-sudden experience. I finally determined that to be salt and light
required me to leave my comfort zone and go where there was darkness and
spoilage—politics! I learned that many of the ways I had served as a pastor
were what prepared me to be a governor.
CBD: You have been a strong supporter of
homeschooling and were the first governor in the country to appoint a
homeschool parent to your Board of Education. In an interview you addressed the
often overbearing government regulation homeschoolers face by saying, “They’re
amazing. Leave them alone.” In what ways are home educators “amazing”?
breeds excellence, and homeschooling often provides children with a great
academic background combined with a strong personal and moral discipline. It’s
amazing in that test scores from homeschoolers often are far above averages of
public school student averages.
CBD: American society and political parties are
becoming more polarized due to conflicting ideologies and worldviews. Is it possible
for a candidate to separate politics from his or her worldview?
MH: I hope people
don’t separate their private convictions and public service. If so, their
convictions must not mean much.
CBD: In Living Beyond Your Lifetime, you
state, “The ultimate job of a parent is to train his or her replacement.” In
your opinion, what are the three most important values parents should pass on
to their children?
MH: Love God,
treat others as you wish to be treated, live for the finish line.