It seems Politico is now acting as an authority on all matters biblical. In a lengthy essay, the political publication takes offense with Senator Marco Rubio's recent choice of scriptures. Rubio has been tweeting a verse a day since May, but Politico says his preference to quote Proverbs is too "Republican."
Similarly, Politico calls out other Republican politicians for using verses that just suit their own aims. In fact, the writer gives Rubio and his compatriots some heavy-handed advice: "There is surely nothing wrong with a politician turning to the Bible for spiritual, ethical and moral guidance. The Bible is the foundational text of Western civilization, after all. But concentrating exclusively on the parts of it that affirm one’s own perspective is a form of confirmation bias."
The article continues, "One might advise Rubio to read, and tweet, more widely: from Ecclesiastes, perhaps, or from prophets such as Amos: 'Because you trample on the poor and take from them levies of grain, you have built houses of stone—but you shall not live in them' (Amos 5:11). Maybe Leviticus: 'When a stranger resides with you in your land, you shall not wrong him. The stranger who resides with you shall be to you as one of your citizens; you shall love him as yourself' (Leviticus 19:33–34). Or even the gospels of the New Testament: 'It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the Kingdom of God' (Matt 19:24/Mark 10:25/Luke 18:25)."
This seems hypocritical, coming from an obvious democratic perspective that has obliterated the Bible's strong stance on marriage, sexuality, and the value of babies in the womb. But beyond that, Franklin Graham takes exception with any criticism of a politician quoting the Bible. "I’d say that it’s the best thing any politician, or anyone else for that matter, could tweet. God’s Word is filled with wisdom—and it’s neither Republican nor Democrat," says Graham in a latest Facebook post.
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