Marvin Olasky

Like the central figure in Samuel Taylor Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, folks my age have tended to offer the young long and winding stories—but the latter, heading toward wedding ceremonies or other festive occasions, are first bemused and then impatient. We'd do better to show them people a little older than them (up to age 40, say) who think biblically and are already standing up for both liberty and virtue.

An example of such a person is Ted Cruz, the 39-year-old former solicitor general (WORLD, Nov. 7, 2009) of Texas: He could well be a future governor and president. The son of a Cuban immigrant who came too late to an under¬standing of Fidel Castro, Cruz became a national debate champion and brought a college audience to its feet last fall as he punctured the pretensions of U.S. mini-Castros and offered a message of real hope. But it's not just in politics and law that people like Cruz can be found. We need them in many fields: From media and the arts, from medicine and science, from business and philanthropy.

So we begin another WORLD contest. I thank those this year and last who nominated compassionate organizations and the best closing lines of books, but now comes something even harder: Nominating a person. Your mission, should you choose to accept it: By July 31 send June McGraw ( at WORLD a name and one-paragraph description of an articulate conservative evangelical under the age of 40 who already has a record of accomplishment and seems likely to accomplish more.

We're looking for people with attractive personalities who are committed to political decentralization, free markets, and Bible-based cultural norms. We'll research your nominees and interview some. The particular field is less important than the person. Since the proclamation of propositional truths does not engage some younger evangelicals, our goal is to offer narratives of exciting lives, profiling in words and film the most impressive. Please help us find them.

Marvin Olasky

Marvin Olasky is editor-in-chief of the national news magazine World. For additional commentary by Marvin Olasky, visit
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