Pandering to conservative Christians, presidential hopeful Marco Rubio used the final debate before the Iowa caucus as an opportunity to remind Republican voters that he really loves Jesus.
When reminded that Time magazine once labeled him as “the Republican savior,” Rubio was quick to point out that “there’s only one savior,” declaring:
Well, let me be clear about one thing, there’s only one Savior and it’s not me. It’s Jesus Christ who came down to earth and died for our sins.
Later in the debate Rubio gave a long winded and obnoxious response to a question about the role of faith in the United States:
And I think this is an important question. I think if you do not understand that our Judeo-Christian values are one of the reasons why America is such a special country, you don’t understand our history. You see, why are we one of the most generous people in the world — no, the most generous people in the world? Why do Americans contribute millions of dollars to charity? It is not because of the tax writeoff.
It is because in this nation, we are influenced by Judeo-Christian values that teach us to care for the less fortunate, to reach out to the needy, to love our neighbor. This is what’s made our nation so special.
And you should hope that our next president is someone that is influenced by their faith. Because if your faith causes you to care for the less fortunate, it is something you want to see in your public figures. And when I’m president, I can tell you this, my faith will not just influence the way I’ll govern as president, it will influence the way I live my life.
Because in the end, my goal is not simply to live on this earth for 80 years, but to live an eternity with my creator. And I will always allow my faith to influence everything I do.
And in his closing statement Rubio said:
The Bible commands us to let our light shine on the world. Over 200 years, America’s light has been shining on the world and the world has never been the same again. Now, the world is dimming a little because of Barack Obama.
Rubio may be a good Christian, but he would be a terrible president. Simply put, Rubio fails to appreciate the secular values upon which this nation was founded.
When Rubio says “… my faith will not just influence the way I’ll govern as president..” he is admitting his faith will influence how he would govern if elected president. This is unacceptable.
And in his closing statement, Rubio used his faith to take a cheap shot at President Obama:
” … The Bible commands us to let our light shine on the world. … Now, the world is dimming a little because of Barack Obama. “
If taken seriously, Rubio’s remarks indicate that he is more interested in spending an eternity with his creator than he is serving the American people if elected president. However, it is difficult to take Rubio seriously.
Where does Rubio’s faith end, and where does the political pandering begin? Does Rubio believe all this non-sense? Or is he just pandering to Iowa’s conservative Christian voters?