U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) with Frank Luntz at the FAMilY Leadership Summit in Ames, IA on 7/18/15. Photo credit: Dave Davidson (Prezography.com)
U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) with Frank Luntz at the FAMilY Leadership Summit in Ames, IA on 7/18/15.
Photo credit: Dave Davidson (Prezography.com)

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) had an interesting encounter with an atheist while on the campaign trail in Iowa. He was asked how he would address the non-theists and atheists that make up one of the fastest growing voting blocs (according to the questioner – that may be accurate, but I haven’t looked into it). He said that atheists believe he is running for Pastor-in-Chief instead of Commander-in-Chief.

Rubio responded in a way that I think Christian candidates should take note. He treated the questioner with respect. He shared his faith, explained that we believe salvation and faith is not something that can be compelled, and then he also explained the benefit atheists will experience as he lives out his faith.

Watch below:

My only critique is a theological one – there’s no mention of the resurrection as Rubio explains the Gospel.

The Bible even tells us that without the resurrection of Christ our teaching would be in vain, (1 Corinthians 15:14). His death on the cross would be ineffectual as we wouldn’t have ultimate victory over sin and death. Jesus Christ was fully man and fully God, but if he didn’t rise from the dead he would not have been God and he’d be buried no different than Mohammed or Buddha or any other dead religious figure.

That said his answer was good, but when he talks about the Gospel I really do hope he does not neglect the resurrection. That is what makes the Gospel good news. Jesus is not dead, but He’s alive!

HT: Erick Erickson

Disclosure: This writer has endorsed Ted Cruz for President of the United States.

  1. and what benefit would that be mr rubio? you are ON RECORD being PRO-forced birth of rape babies, of severaly deformed babies, babies that literally threaten the mothers life. YOU are attempting to strip WOMENS RIGHTS thru YOUR religious beliefs.
    guess what mr rubio….the people you’ve alienated, the women, gays, blacks, latinos, and NOW all non-god beliving voters….you’ve managed to GUARANTEE they vote for dems…..and DEMS are the majority.
    better rethink your strategy mr rubio.

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