At the recent CNN/YouTube Republican debate, a question
was asked of the candidates: Would Jesus use the death penalty?
Mike Huckabee cleverly dodged the question by stating that Jesus
is not a politician. After all Huckabee, who does support the death
penalty, is a Baptist minister who ceaselessly touts his devotion
to Jesus' teachings. Yet any Christian who has bothered to read
any of Jesus' word would realize that Jesus would not support the
death penalty. I am sure we are all glad, as Huckabee pointed out,
that Jesus is not a politician because chicken-hawks, such as Huckabee,
probably would not vote for him.
To prove this point I decided to check my Bible for Jesus' views
on war, and aggression. Everyone knows what I found, so I will not
bore readers with passages of scripture proving unequivocally that
Jesus was against aggressive warfare and very pro-peace. Clearly
he would be a cut-and-run candidate unworthy of any of the neocon
Republican establishment's support.
However, I found something else that was very interesting. It was
in the Apostle Paul's second letter to the Corinthians from the
New Living Translation. Paul wrote that "We are human, but
we don't wage war as humans do. We use God's mighty weapons, not
worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning
and to destroy false arguments." 2 Cor.10:3–4.
Does this sound like something Huckabee would endorse? Does it
sound like something any of the Republican candidates would endorse?
The only one I can think of is a man also named Paul. Ron Paul.
Here are some quotes from Ron Paul.
"Setting a good example is a far better way to spread ideals
than through force of arms."
"Logic tells us that we can make a better world in a much
easier way than causing wars."
"We need to talk to people, trade with people, not go to war
We should take the advice of both Pauls when dealing with foreign
policy. We should set a good example at home, and spread our ideals
of freedom through peaceful means, not bombs falling from the sky.
None of the other Republican candidates endorse this view. Even
Huckabee who, like President Bush, wears his faith on his sleeve
to make sure everyone knows that he is a Christian.
The Apostle Paul mentioned this type of men in his letter as well.
He wrote "Oh don't worry; we wouldn't dare say that we are
as wonderful as these other men who tell you how important they
are! But they are only comparing themselves with each other, using
themselves as the standard measurement. How ignorant!" 2 Cor.
At the debate Huckabee stated that the Bible was the living Word
of God. Maybe its time he re-read God's Word.
Van Landingham [send
him mail] currently attends Penn State University Dickinson
School of Law. He lives in Mt. Holly Springs, PA with his wife and