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  • Marco Rubio: 'I Always Allow My Faith To Influence Everything I Do' (Video)

    'My Goal Is To Live In Eternity With My Creator' Florida Senator Says 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 consistently polling in third place both nationally and in the early primary states mentioned his Christian beliefs every chance he could. 

    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. 

    "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:

    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 understand our Judeo-Christian values are one of the reasons America is such a special country, you don't understand our history," Rubio, literally, preached. "You see, why are we one of the most generous people in the world, no, the most generous people in the world?," he asked, rhetorically.

    "Why do Americans contribute millions of dollars to charity? It is not because of the tax write-off. It's because in this nation, we are influenced by Judeo-Christian values that teach us to care for the less fortunate, reach out to the needy, to love our neighbor," he said.

    "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. I will always allow my faith to influence everything I do."

    Of course, Rubio's obsession with Jesus is frightening. 

    He says, "if your faith causes you to care for the less fortunate, it is something you want to see in your public figures."

    I'd say, if you need the fear of God to cause you to care for the less fortunate, you really aren't – 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.



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    • commented 2016-01-31 15:06:05 -0500
      I respect Marco Rubio because of his faith and having the guts to say so. Place the Lord first and allow Him to guide you. The gates of hell are locked from the inside. Readers choose wisely.

    • commented 2016-01-30 06:47:55 -0500
      And yet WWJD with the Syrian refugee crisis Marco? His words and lack of empathy for civilians being slaughtered is all the proof I need to lump him with Trump for their levels of Christianity.

    • commented 2016-01-29 22:19:23 -0500
      BJ, I agree with you about the founding fathers and that Rubio is scary (along with his fellow Republican candidates); I don’t want religion running the government either. It angers me that the Religious Right is trying hijack Christianity. They don’t represent my faith or the faith of those I worship with.

    • commented 2016-01-29 16:52:21 -0500
      The voluntary delusion that is religion is the top disqualifying mark to hold any public office.

    • commented 2016-01-29 14:00:17 -0500
      I didn’t need the bible to tell me how or why to be a good person or care for those in need. Christianity is not the only religion nor did our founding fathers base our constitution on it. This man scares me because I do not want or need religion running my government. As a Pagan, I do not follow the same biblical laws and do NOT want my government to follow them. Their are many non-christian people in the US and it does state the government will not favor one religion over another. The GOP is pushing religion on our government and the people. These extremists can not be leaders if they are going to refer to any holy book to make any decisions for the entire country. Funny how they talk about ISIS forcing their faith on everyone when they are doing the same thing!

    • commented 2016-01-29 13:07:57 -0500
      I’m troubled by Rubio’s need to emphasize the role of faith in his decision making, but I think this article unfairly characterizes his motives.

      Christians can say they are motivated by their faith to do good and care for others and not be motivated by fear of punishment. Jesus offers an example of faith in action that motivates many Christians to do likewise. They are motivated by love and compassion, not fear.

      The article presents a binary choice: live a good life on earth or live to get to heaven. It’s actually not either/or; it’s both/and for many Christians. We live good lives here and we have a hope of heaven. It’s true that Evangelicals tend to put more emphasis on eternal reward (and punishment) than mainline Christians, but that doesn’t mean reward is the only motivation.

      Similarly, to equate Rubio’s desire to spend eternity in heaven with the radical thinking of suicide bombers is unfair as well. Radical Islamists have a history of suicide bombers and the promise of paradise for martyrs. Christianity has no such tradition or history that I’m aware, at least not in the modern era. We don’t hear about Christians in the West killing themselves as martyrs to receive glory in heaven. And the occasional individual who claims faith as a motivation (like the recent Planned Parenthood shooter) does not represent mainstream Christian faith.

    • commented 2016-01-29 11:39:02 -0500
      David, you obviously do not understand the Christian faith. You are wrong about Rubio and his statement on faith. True Christians know without a doubt there is nothing you can do to “make sure you get to heaven”. Heaven is a free gift to us that we cannot earn. So, Marco Rubio is describing good and loving values that his faith leads him. This is polar opposite to the radicals of any faith. The bible tells us that from the beginning we are created to do good works, but good works does not earn our place in Heaven. “For it is by Grace that we are saved through faith. And this is not our own doing; it is the gift of God.”

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