• Follow the Words of Paul

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    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
    with them."

    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.

    1, 2007

    Van Landingham [send
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    ] currently attends Penn State University Dickinson
    School of Law. He lives in Mt. Holly Springs, PA with his wife and
    two dogs.

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