Monday, May 16, 2011

Ron Paul's Faith and Religious Views: "I get to my God through Christ... the Prince of Peace."

Congressman and Presidential candidate Ron Paul doesn't wear his faith on his sleeve the way many politicians do. While this, along with his libertarian positions on public policy, might make it seem like religion doesn't figure very strongly into Ron Paul's view of the world, in truth Ron Paul-- an evangelical Christian and member of the Baptist Church-- is a very quietly devout man with strong family values and an unquestionable faithfulness to his family and wife of over fifty years.

In many conversations with people of faith who support Ron Paul, I've found that they are impressed by Ron Paul's unwillingness to cynically politicize his faith in Jesus Christ to score electoral points like many other politicians in this country so brazenly do every campaign season (despite breaking promises to their constituents, using their power to benefit themselves, cheating on their spouses, and engaging in many other decidedly un-Christian behaviors).

Instead, Ron Paul quietly lives out his faith by being as honest as any man or saint could be while working in the wheeling and dealing U.S. Congress; by refusing to take advantage of the lucrative benefits-- like the congressional pension program and government-paid junkets-- afforded by his position of power; and by being faithful to his wife and family, unlike the myriad politicians, who like the Pharisees of Christ's day: beat their breasts in the public places and synagogues for earthly glory and man's respect, yet like the sinners of Christ's day: divorce and cheat on their wives.

Yet despite the quiet glow of true Christian love and humility in the life and work of Congressman Ron Paul, I understand and respect that for many evangelical Christians in this country, a public profession of faith and belief in Christ are very important aspects of their doctrine and practice. In getting to know everything they can about all the candidates vying for the Republican Party's 2012 presidential nomination, it will be important for them to hear and see this aspect of Ron Paul's belief and character.

With that in mind, I have provided a video below in which Ron Paul clearly and unequivocally professes his faith in Christ, saying: "I get to my God through Christ," --the central tenet of the Christian faith. Ron Paul goes on to explain what Christ's appearance on earth means for humankind, summarizing in one of the most succinct and powerful elucidations of Christ's own message I have ever heard:

"Christ came here for spiritual reasons not secular war and boundaries and geography." -Ron Paul

Watch the short video of Ron Paul's confession below:



Full text, Ron Paul's religious views and faith:

"I get to my God through Christ.

Christ to me, is a man of peace. He is for peace. He's not for war. He doesn't justify preemptive declared war. I strongly believe there is a Christian doctrine of Just War and I believe this nation has drifted from that, no matter what the rationals are, we have drifted from that and it's very, very dangerous and I see in many ways being un-Christian.

And to justify what we do in the name of Christianity I think is very dangerous and not part of what Christianity is all about. Christ came here for spiritual reasons not secular war and boundaries and geography. Yet we are now dedicating so much of our aggressive activity in the name of God, but God-- He is the Prince of Peace. That is what I see from my God, and through Christ, I vote for peace."

Hat tip: to The Daily Paul.


Wes Messamore,
Editor in Chief, THL
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