“Welcome aboard the ‘RAP’ture Express!”
In 1973, Mike Huckabee, a graduating senior of Hope High School on his way to Ouachita Baptist college, began writing a column called the “RAPture Express” for the Baptist Trumpet. The Trumpet was the weekly newspaper of the Baptist Missionary Association of Arkansas.
Huckabee’s columns offer an interesting look into the possible Republican presidential candidate and former governor of Arkansas’ early life.
“Mike is a talented young preacher, and is in wide demand as a speaker in schools, churches, etc,” says the notice on Huckabee’s new column in the newsletter.
The columns touch on a variety of topics for youth, including dancing, dating, and smoking, as well as some more serious topics such as the Houston Mass Murders and the Arab oil embargo.
Here are the highlights from the columns:
“I had rather them look at all the facts, and then on their own decide that dancing is not for the Christian.”
“Just get turned on to Jesus, and the social reform and all that good stuff will take care of itself.”
“If you can’t get along with other Christians because they don’t act like you, then you haven’t experienced the love of Christ as a reality in your life yet.”
“Now I don’t advocate that all of us Christian young people drop out of society and live like the Jesus Freaks. But I do advocate that every Christian should be as excited about Jesus as they are, and tell about Him wherever we go.”
“Because Christ has saved you, you are different from those who aren’t. And you should be different enough (not weird, though), to where your peers could see a definite difference.”
Megan Apper contributed reporting.