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James Hambrick

Mt. Juliet police Chief James Hambrick appeared on the “Huckabee Show” last weekend to discuss police and racial relations in America.

The “Huckabee Show” debuted on the Trinity Broadcasting Network on Oct. 7 and features former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee as he interviews guests in a late night show setting.

“This program is a place where we talk to newsmakers and celebrities in a civil and respectful manner, as well as introduce America to some not-so-famous people whose stories remind us that the greatness of our nation is about the people who love God, raise their families and serve their neighbors,” Huckabee said.

Hambrick was Huckabee’s second featured guest on the show after former Three Dog Night lead vocalist Chuck Negron appeared previously. He said show producers learned about him through the internet and asked him to appear on the show to discuss policing and race relations in America.

“It’s not about James Hambrick. I represent Mt. Juliet. I represent Wilson County, so to have that honor of being on the show is good for Wilson County as a whole. It’s an honor,” Hambrick said.

Prior to the show, Hambrick said he didn’t know exactly what Huckabee would ask him, but he believes two things will cure the ills of police and race relations in the country.

“Love and respect for humanity and for your fellow man. I’ve been hearing a lot of talk here lately about how we have to understand one another. Whether that’s partially true, I don’t think that’s where the ultimate goal should be. I think our ultimate goal should be love and respect, because I can understand you and still not love and respect you,” Hambrick said.

Hambrick became an ordained minister in 1994 and said there’s one goal for his appearance on Huckabee’s show.

“My ultimate thing is to make Christ known. It’s about understanding who we are and being real and knowing we have things that are trying to divide races. Only Christ can bring that total healing back,” he said. “I tell people all the time, just because I’m a pastor, I don’t go around these hallways just preaching all day. I try to live my life and be an example and reflection of Christ.”

The show aired Saturday at 7 p.m. on TBN. For more information, visit tbn.org/huckabee.

By Xavier Smith

xsmith@lebanondemocrat.com