'My GoalÂ Is To Live In Eternity With My Creator'Â Florida Senator SaysÂ At GOP Debate
Marco Rubio made sure Iowans knew he is a man of deep religious faith during Thursday night's Fox News GOP presidential debate. The junior senator from Florida who is consistentlyÂ polling in third place both nationally and in the early primary states mentioned his Christian beliefs every chance he could.Â
Asked about a 2013 TIME magazine cover that once proclaimed him the savior of the Republican party, Rubio found yet another opportunity to find Jesus.Â
"Well, let me be clear about one thing," Rubio said caustically. "There's only one savior and it's not me. It's Jesus Christ who came down to Earth and died for our sins and so I've always made that clear about that cover story."
Apparently, his campaign liked his answer so much they tweeted it during the debate:
Let me be clear: there is only one savior, and it's not me. #GOPDebateâ€” Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) January 29, 2016
Then later, Rubio launched into an almost minute-long rant at one point, effectively telling the audience he will defy the Constitution in favor of Christianity every time, because his goal is to live with God forever.
"I think if you do not understandÂ our Judeo-Christian values areÂ one of the reasons America isÂ such a special country, youÂ don't understand our history," Rubio, literally, preached. "You see, why are we one of theÂ most generous people in theÂ world, no,Â theÂ most generousÂ people in the world?," he asked, rhetorically.
"Why do Americans contributeÂ millions of dollars to charity?Â It is not because of the taxÂ write-off.Â It's because in this nation, weÂ are influenced byÂ Judeo-Christian values thatÂ teach us to care for the lessÂ fortunate, reach out to theÂ needy, to love our neighbor," he said.
"This is what's made our nationÂ so special and you should hopeÂ that our next president is someone that is influenced byÂ their faith, because if yourÂ faith causes you to care for theÂ less fortunate, it is somethingÂ you want to see in your publicÂ figures. And when I'm president,Â I can tell you this, my faithÂ will not just influence the wayÂ I'll govern as president, itÂ will influence the way I live myÂ life. Because in the end, my goalÂ is not simply to live on thisÂ Earth for 80 years but to liveÂ an eternity with my creator.Â I will always allow my faith toÂ influence everything I do."
Of course, Rubio's obsession with Jesus is frightening.Â
He says, "if yourÂ faith causes you to care for theÂ less fortunate, it is somethingÂ you want to see in your publicÂ figures."
I'd say, if you need the fear of God to cause you toÂ care for theÂ less fortunate, you really aren't â€“Â you're caring about yourself. And, like Rubio, you're working not with a goal to live a good and decent life on earth, but trying to make sure you get to heaven.
And someone obsessed with going to heaven may get there sooner rather than later, and if that someone has the nuclear launch codes and sees everything as a religious equation, they may decide to take the rest of us with them.