Marco Rubio Gets It: How Faith Works for the Common Good


Marco Rubio isn’t doing stellar in the polls, but he’s hanging in there. He has had good debate performances and no major slip ups. The last poll I saw had him at around 10%, trailing Trump and Cruz.

I’ve been more and more impressed by Rubio, but I found a clip that has impressed me more than anything from the other candidates. In this brief 4 minute video, Rubio answers an atheist who is concerned that a Christian president might infringe upon the religious freedom of an atheist (what is that freedom, anyway? freedom not to be offended by other people practicing religion?).

Rubio’s response is gold. First, the president should promote religious liberty for all. That’s what this country was built on. Christians do not receive special privilege.

But second, Rubio’s faith works for the atheist, the Buddhist, the Christian, the Muslim, and so on. That is, our Bible tells us to love our neighbors as ourselves. And as Jesus’ parable of the good Samaritan showed us, “loving our neighbor” need not have anything to do with Evangelization.  At what point does he share the gospel with the beaten up man? Was the Samaritan even a believer in the Jewish God? It is interesting that Jesus would pick someone considered outside the faith to model the second greatest commandment.

I think Rubio understands that our faith means we must work for the common good. A public life of service means devoting oneself to the well-being of others. While we still need to hear more about Rubio’s policies and his means of carrying out that goal, I appreciated that Rubio here seems to “get it.”

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About Todd Scacewater

Todd is a Teaching Fellow in New Testament and PhD candidate at Westminster Seminary in Hermeneutics. He holds a Th.M. in New Testament and a B.A. in Political Science, and has served the church in music, college, youth, children, and discipleship ministries.