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August 19, 2011

Ron Paul Preaches a Different Kind of Conservative Gospel

Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul is more than politician. He's a brand. For the past decade he has represented the libertarian movement within the Republican Party, often putting him at odds with hawks and social conservatives. But to win in Iowa, South Carolina, and other early primary states, Paul needs to win over more than fiscal conservatives. Paul’s campaign has been recently repackaging his candidacy for evangelical voters, preaching a new political gospel that may resonate with many evangelicals: to save America you need to change the culture, not replace the politicians.

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Last week, the Family Research Council's Values Bus tour cruised around Iowa with top Republican contenders including Michele Bachmann, Tim Pawlenty (who dropped out of the race), and Rick Santorum. They spoke to crowds about their social conservative credentials. Paul, however, is not that kind of conservative. Other candidates are social conservatives who want public policy to reflect, defend, and promote morality.

Paul, however, has built his brand as a libertarian who wants government to stay out of regulating pornography, prostitution, drugs, gambling, and other vices that excite social conservatives. He preaches a message of liberty, and that often puts him at odds with Christian conservative groups.

However, Paul’s campaign is now reaching out to evangelicals, focusing on how Paul sees libertarianism as reflecting his Christian faith. Senior Paul strategist Doug Wead told Politico that the campaign is actively campaigning to win over evangelical voters.

“The missing link for us, the outreach to evangelicals, which is so key to South Carolina and the south — we’re filling it,” said Wead.

To do this, Paul is talking about his positions using Biblical allusions and references to doctrine. His speech at this year's Faith and Freedom conference illustrates this approach well:

1) Pass the Abortion Litmus Test. Paul begins his talks to evangelicals with a clear statement on his pro-life position. Paul says that life is the one political value higher than liberty. "As an OB doctor, let me tell you,” Paul said, “life does begin at conception."

2) Agree that American Society is Immoral. Paul echoes the social conservative narrative about the change in American society. The problems in American society began in the 1960's with the sexual revolution, the drug culture, and other changes began a decline in morality. Paul's twist, however, is that this is not a reason to enact new laws. Instead, he says that policy reflects morality, so the focus should be on changing the culture, not trying to change society through government.

3) Give Biblical Justifications for Positions. Paul describes his economic views as “biblical economics.” He references Old Testament admonishments against false weights and measures as a reason to go to the gold standard and to get rid of the Federal Reserve. He talks about government as a false idol. He recounts the story of Saul as a lesson against the temptation to want a king—which is an all-powerful government—who will steal young people for war and overtax the people.

4) Use Christian Doctrine, Not Constitutional Jurisprudence. Paul opposes most military conflicts that the U.S. has engaged in since World War II. Rather than explaining this position through the language of libertarianism, national self-interest, and the War Powers Act, Paul uses just war theory, which limits military conflict to defense and the protection of innocent lives.

5) Talk about Social Issues that Require LESS Government. Paul opposes the current role of government in education. He favors private schooling and homeschooling, an area where many evangelical GOP voters want less government.

6) Don't Mention Social Issues that Call for MORE Government. He keeps mum on legalization of heroin, pornography, and prostitution.

For others, however, Paul's views toward legalization of drugs and prostitution make him unacceptable as a candidate. Former President George W. Bush speechwriter Michael Gerson wrote in the Washington Post that Paul's libertarian policy positions are based on an unrealistic view of human nature.

“[Libertarianism] is the arrogance of the strong. It is contempt for the vulnerable and suffering. The conservative alternative to libertarianism is necessarily more complex,” Gerson said. “Responsible, self-governing citizens … are cultivated in institutions — families, religious communities and decent, orderly neighborhoods. And government has a limited but important role in reinforcing social norms and expectations — including laws against drugs and against the exploitation of men and women in the sex trade.”

Publicly, Paul remains reticent about his personal faith, much more so than others in the GOP field of candidates. For instance, you won’t find YouTube videos showing him giving his testimony or talking at length about his faith. One of the few windows into his beliefs came during the 2007 Values Voter Debate. Paul was asked, “Tell us about your personal faith and what it means to your life.” Paul answered by talking about his belief in God and how it affected his view of the Iraq War.

I get to my God through Christ. Christ to me, is a man of peace. He is for peace. He's not for war. He doesn't justify preemptive declared war. I strongly believe there is a Christian doctrine of Just War and I believe this nation has drifted from that, no matter what the rationals are, we have drifted from that and it's very, very dangerous and I see in many ways being un-Christian.
And to justify what we do in the name of Christianity I think is very dangerous and not part of what Christianity is all about. Christ came here for spiritual reasons not secular war and boundaries and geography. Yet we are now dedicating so much of our aggressive activity in the name of God, but God---He is the Prince of Peace. That is what I see from my God, and through Christ, I vote for peace.

Later in his 2008 campaign for president, Paul released a letter that gave this statement on his religious beliefs:

I have never been one who is comfortable talking about my faith in the political arena. In fact, the pandering that typically occurs in the election season I find to be distasteful. But for those who have asked, I freely confess that Jesus Christ is my personal Savior, and that I seek His guidance in all that I do. I know, as you do, that our freedoms come not from man, but from God. My record of public service reflects my reverence for the Natural Rights with which we have been endowed by a loving Creator.

That was 2008. This time around, Paul has included a “Statement of Faith” on his campaign website. It is listed as an “issue,” along with taxes and homeschooling.

“My faith is a deeply private issue to me, and I don’t speak on it in great detail during my speeches because I want to avoid any appearance of exploiting it for political gain. Let me be very clear here: I have accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Savior, and I endeavor every day to follow Him in all I do and in every position I advocate,” said Paul in the statement.

The document lists Paul's religious beliefs, a statement that the candidate has a Christian faith. The remainder of the document is as much about the Constitution and freedom as it is about religion.

A Facebook page for “Christians for Ron Paul” points to his 50 year marriage, his family, and his career as evidence of a life practicing family values.

Editor's note: This post has been updated to include Paul's "Statement of Faith."

Comments

I attend a very conservative, reformed church and most of the people that attend if not all are Ron Paul supporters. I appreciate the fact Ron Paul doesn't use his religion to garner more votes. I know his relationship with the Lord is real because of how he conducts himself. He never talks bad about his opponents and seems to always use such great restraint during debates/interviews. How many of the potential candidates seem to 'lose it'? Restraint and humility are two of the most powerful traits, as Jesus being an example all throughout the gospels has shown. I pray if you are a Christian and have not taken the time to find out about Ron Paul please do. Also look at some of the legislation he has authored, a lot of it repeals some of the freedoms we used to have. He is a good man and advocates peace.

I'm a Christian and I am voting for Ron Paul. I don't need the type of politician that stands on the street corner publicly praying, the kind of religious person we are specifically warned about in the bible. It doesn't bother me at all that Paul keeps his theology to himself.

His life, his family, the principles he has remained committed to throughout his career, all speak to his faith.

I don't need to bomb other countries to feel safe. I don't feel the need to compel my neighbor to live by my beliefs. I pray for my neighbors and hope to God that they find faith.

This is supposed to be the land of the free and the home of the brave. Are we brave enough to love our neighbors and leave them be? I am. My faith does not depend on anyone but Christ.

His campaign site www.ronpaul2012.com does indeed have a statement of faith up on it. Please update your article accordingly.

I am a christian, and I support Ron Paul. He is by far the most Christ like candidate that we have had in a long time. He is not running for president to have the power to control our lives. He is for Peace. He is not for the legalization of Drugs, but he does not view it as a federal issue. WE need more people to get educated on reality and not on christian talking points.

You're spreading the falsehood that Ron Paul supports legalizing drugs. He supports a 10th Amendment approach to drugs - that is, let the states decide what to do about it. The federal War on Drugs has been a horrible failure in every respect.

As a disciple of the Prince of Peace, I'm voting for PEACE. I'm voting for Ron Paul.

I'm also Reformed and a supporter of Ron Paul. His message of freedom and liberty come from Scripture. I wish he were able to base more of what he says from scripture. John Robbins, who was a Gordon Clark disciple along with C.F. Henry, was his chief of staff in the 80's. This man was very conservative and a supporter of Ron Paul. Christians don't need to fear a man that doesn't want government involved in everyone's life, even of they are sinning. It's easy to point out the sins of drug use and prostitution. But what about the sins that aren't illegal in your own life? These things are a matter of the heart. Only the gospel of Christ can remedy those.

I'm a very conservative Christian and understand the basic
Freedom principle that if I want my personal freedoms, I can't be
A hypocrite and deny someone else's personal freedom. You can't
Change someone through legislation. Their heart has to be changed
By God. Wee need to take back out freedoms because the future will be
Persecution for Christians by loosing their freedom

http://www.lewrockwell.com/paul/paul148.html

Attached is a statement from Ron Paul in 2003 defending Christmas against the "secular left."

He is a Christian who strongly defends his faith, but doesn't want to cheapen it with politics. I respect that a whole lot.

Ron Paul wants drug and prostitution laws to be handled by the states. Where is the constitutional amendment for drugs the federal government passed to start a drug war? They remembered to do it for alcohol, but with the Roe v. Wade line of cases they expanded federal reach across the board, and it is not a good thing.

Not that bad of a article, but I would like to point out a few things.

1st: He does have a statement of faith on his website, here it is:http://www.ronpaul2012.com/the-issues/statement-of-faith/
2nd:Everyone who holds office swear a oath to uphold the Constitution, and we as Christens are obligated to elect people who understand and keep that oath.
3rd: Outlawing drugs is clearly unconstitutional, if it wasn't, then why did we need a constitutional amendment to outlaw alcohol?

A lot more could be said, but I will leave it at this for now.

I'm a Christian who cannot support Ron Paul because of his unwavering embrace of Ayn Rand's philosophies. Rand was at the very heart of the anti-Christian, pro-self movement that began to flourish in the 1960s. In point of fact, Rand's tenets were used by Anton LaVey as the basis for his Church of Satan because Randian libertarianism and Satanism both glorify self-love and self-gratification above all else, which is completely incompatible with Christ. Paul has always sidestepped any questions that are raised regarding the compatibility of his alleged Christian faith and his embrace of Rand's tenets (to the point that he named his son after the self-interest guru). Anyone who worships at the altar of self, to the detriment of everyone else around him, cannot be permitted to lead a nation and has no Christ in him. Christians who support the man are blindered dupes who curse both their faith and their nation.

To TSJ. Ron Paul did not name his son after Ayn Rand. He named him Randall. Look it up.

@ TSJ. Ron Paul is the least self-worshiping candidate in the race! Also, he does not advocate drugs, prositution, or gambling - he just thinks that it's not the governments job to imprison people for vices. God will judge all. The governments job should be to protect people from each other, not from themselves.

I am a Christian and I support Ron Paul wholeheartedly.

I feel our nation is at the breaking point and the 2012 election will either make or break us.

99.9% of all politicians are cheats and liars, only looking out for themselves and their next election. Ron Paul, through 30 years, has stayed true. He is one of the few true "statesmen" in congress.

Christians, it is you DUTY to know who you are voting for. Please research this man if you are not already a Ron Paul supporter. Our nation is crumbling and there will be nobody to blame except those who were to lazy to educate themselves.

Ron Paul 2012!

I think you mix politics and Christianity, or probably any other faith for that matter, at your peril! Standing on your faith to gain votes or any kind of political or other influence seems at best unwise to me.

Thanks for a useful article. Dr. Paul is the only choice if you truly care about the future of America. He accurately predicted each and every problem we are currently facing and is the only one to have common sense solutions rather than talking points and sound bites. Please do your homework, don't just vote for who puts on the best Christian mask or who Fox News says can beat Obama.

I am a conservative southern baptist and have been watching the situation in American politics for 30+ years. It is abundantly clear that we do not have a two-party system. We have left and right wings of the Big Government and War Party. Which one is currently in power makes no difference, the government grows and the wars continue. I have had enough, have you? Ron Paul is the only person I can vote for with a clear conscience.

I am grateful to find a christian candidate that does not abuse his faith for power, nor wield it against others as a weapon. Rather, it guides him in being the most honest, courteous, and consistent presidential candidate I have seen in my lifetime.
I think the line Dr. Paul walks in regards to controversial issues is the best one.Freedom and compassion instead of attempting to legislate morality. Necessary law, not arbitrary law.

@ TSJ:"unwavering embrace of Ayn Rand's philosophies." Care to some provide some proof? Ayn believed that abortion should be legal, Ron Paul does not. That proves your statement false already, you really need to elaborate further.

Matthew 6:1 “Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven."

Rick Perry tells the world Jesus talks to him and he announced his presidency at a prayer meeting.


Education and leading by example not legislation of morality are going to change the culture of America.


I implore my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ not allow themselves to be swayed by men and women who are quick to scratch the religious itch in your ears for they are from a pit of vipers. But to look at the fruits of their labor, and only one candidates fruits are ripe and well cared for.

Ron Paul.

Paul didn't actually didn't name his son Rand -- he named him Randall and called him Randy. Randy didn't like his name so, when he grew up, he had his named legally changed. I wouldn't doubt that he was motivated somewhat by Ayn Rand.

Ayn Rand was an atheist who had a distorted view of freedom and American history. Paul and Rand have a lot in common when it comes to political philosophy, but they are hardly the same. For example, Paul is strongly pro-life and Rand certainly was not.

Thanks for the article. I appreciate the goal. One thing of note is that Ron Paul doesn't believe that one can legislate morality. He puts responsibility on the church to teach truth and impact communities for Biblical morality, a responsibility the church sadly turned over to the government long ago. A government can not enforce personal morals. It should however, as he espouses, protect the innocent from having their right to life violated. Any implication that if one doesn't believe the government should enact a law against a specific act implies that they support that act is not a legitimate or just implication.

One Note: The statement of the bio not containing clear statements of his faith is true, but it is a bit misleading as it insinuates he is avoiding it. Under the issues tab he gives a very clear statement of his beliefs and faith. Also, beliefnet did a great write up on his faith in 2007. Here's a link to the page I refer on his web: http://www.ronpaul2012.com/the-issues/statement-of-faith/

I love Ron Paul. I read about the campaign every day following it intently because I know that none of the other runners can or want to do what he will do. I for one would love to see us mind our own buisness in the world for once. I do think we should not stand by while other countrys leaders murder their citizens. I think we would be more open to helping situations like in libya if we wer not involved in wars everywhere else already. Remember Iraq hates us but we started the war a long time ago..... Also on abortion. I totally believe in womens rights (to strap up or us birth control) but once you have started a life, weither it is inside your body or not, It is still murder to end that life. It would be murder to abort the child 5 years later...... I beleive you have all the right to do whatever you want to avoid pregnancy, but once there thats it. That PERSON/CHILD/FETUS deserves to see the world even if through adoption or whatever. RON PAUL 2012

CORRECTION: Ron Paul has had a Statement of Faith on his 2012 campaign website for at least the last month - http://www.ronpaul2012.com/the-issues/statement-of-faith

Tobin Grant, I assume this was just a mistake in your reporting?

On another note, modern neoconservatives' approach is nearly identical to the Pharisees that were condemned by Jesus. Instead of bringing down the weight of the law on sinners, Jesus had compassion on them and worked on changing their heart, which the law cannot do.

Will modern imitators of Jesus please stand up? We should take the same approach toward both sinners and neoconservatives that Jesus took.

Hi Christians!

Hey, I'd just like to remind you all Ron Paul will bring all our soldiers home starting the day he takes office. Now, here is a thing I want to propose. We all are aware the reason we are in all the conflicts overseas is to support Big Oil or Big Military. In these conflicts, many people are killed - some of them Americans but the vast majority heathen. If you are a Christian, is it your duty to save a heathen if it is possible to do so without harming yourself? Keep in mind that up until now, whichever candidate was elected we could be fairly certain the wars would continue. Now, however it is different. With your single vote, you could save thousands of Americans and a million or more heathen. Are they so unimportant you can't be bothered. Myself, if I don't do my best for Dr. Paul I will feel complicit in the murders if I do not try to stop them. It may be the most Christian act you've ever performed. Isn't it worth your time?

Vote Vertebrate - Ron Paul 2012!

The decline of American culture rests clearly in materialism and greed, and the idolatry of worshiping money (making maximising profit-material gain-the primary motive for human work). Jesus clearly says you cannot serve God and mammon (money-material wealth). It is materialism and greed that are causing the destruction of creation (the environment) on which all life depends; it is the pursuit of materialism and greed that are causing Americans to fall into debt, and both parents to work (the root of the decline of the American family); it is materialism and greed that cause abortion mills and people to abort their children; it is to protect our material wealth that we wage war. Yet Christian 'conservatives' feel that one need only vote for candidates against abortion and homosexual marriage, ignoring the rot of materialism and greed at the root of our decline, and ignoring that they support candidates who can't get basic facts straight like Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann.

One other note - I don't believe any of the things Paul is sharing in this election is "new." All of these facts were searchable during the 2008 campaign.

What is different is the knowledge by his campaign that Christians are easily fooled by media talking points. Chalk it up to busy lives, chalk it up to laziness, chalk it up to being too much of the world... it looks like his campaign understands it needs to take his message - what he means rather than what people say he means - directly to Christians.

50 years ago, churches prayed for peace and an end to war. May we move away from glorifying militarism and American exceptionalism (meaning we're better than everyone and can do what we want), and return to this scriptural principle of peace and loving your enemy.

Paul is by far the most honest GOP candidate. Bachmann and Perry make a mockery of Christianity with their lies and attacking of others.

I would never vote for anyone that follows libertarian ideology because it is not practical or realistic. It is unlikely that I will ever vote for another Republican because there positions have gone far right to please the Tea Party. Cutting social security and Medicare rather than removing the Bush tax cuts is something I cannot support. We are becoming a third world country with the ever widening income gap. It has been proven that tax cuts for the wealthy did not create jobs, yet people keep believing the false Republican talking points rather than reading independent research.

@Julie: so are you saying then that Obama is your man for 2012?

I grew up Southern Baptist in the heart of n.c.tobacco country.I invite all that have a computer to go to RONPAUL2012.COM Look at issues.Read.It reminds me of the old days.Mind your own bees wax.I like that.The area i grew up in, like most of the south, made tobacco.Just about everything revolved around that product.Had been for a while.Same with drink.Put food on the table.DO WHAT YOU GOT TO DO.LOTS OF CHURCHES,COLLEGES,SCHOOLS YOU NAME IT BUILT WITH THAT MONEY.I asked my daddy was it not bad to make a product that lots people say it is bad for you.He said just because you raise it don't mean you have to smoke it.I like that.Personal choice.Check Mr.Paul out.I think he is a good man.

Dr. Paul has this Christians's vote. Perhaps our government should focus on "Thou shalt not steal" within their own ranks rather than trying to legislate morals. Like our founding fathers said, our free republic could only survive when upheld by a moral and religious populace. Challenging and shining the light on a decadent culture is the duty of the Church. The moral decay in our nation is becauise the church is not being the salt and light that Jesus told it to be. Christianity cannot blame the government for the spiritual state of our nation--it lies squarely on the shoulders of a prosperous, apathetic church. Ron Paul 2012!

I think this article misses something VERY important about Dr. Paul's oft-stated positions on the relationship between Federal and State Governments and their influence on culture.

Ron Paul not only confesses to be a christian, he also does not condone any of those illegal behaviors as moral. So please understand his point: laws regarding moral behavior should be done at the local and state level; not the Federal level.

With that in mind, consider how this can work in reverse. A state's ban on homosexual behavior for example could be overturned by a strong Federal government. A state's ban on abortions could be overturned by the Federal courts.

Paul's point is exactly that we've given up local and state control over moral laws to the Federal government - and this is dangerous.

"Paul's point is exactly that we've given up local and state control over moral laws to the Federal government - and this is dangerous."

-- What's "dangerous" depends on your perspective. Under Paul's philosophy, the federal government would have allowed Jim Crow segregation in the states to stand and would not have enacted the federal civil rights laws.

Great, CT. You rose the ire of the Paul fanboys. I pray for your sanity and servers :)

Seriously, his relationship with conspiracy-theorist Alex Jones should raise instant concern amongst serious people. That he allowed deeply racist comments to be published under his watch for years should have dismissed him amongst the rest.

There are reasons he is not taken seriously outside of a few people who spam online polls and comments sections. He's the Lyndon LaRouche of the Republican party.

"Conservative Gospel" is becoming more and more an oxymoron.
Evangelicals should take one long, good look at Romans 13,1-7. The government is God's agent to punish wrongdoers, and it needs taxes to do its job. The kind of policies the Tea Party people and Ron Paul in particular advocate can only cripple the government's ability to fulfil its mission.
Regulation is NECESSARY to keep corporations from poisoning our water and our air, to keep banks from stealing from hard working people, you name it. And judging from the way banks are destroying the economy, the USA could do with more, not less regulation.
Without regulation, it's the law of the jungle. The war on drugs may not be perfect, but it's certainly better than having drugs freely available for anyone to buy just like groceries. It's hard enough to protect our kids from porn which is legally available everywhere - do we want our kids to be able to get a drug addiction with their lunch money?

What is wrong with you people????

A Christian candidate who wants to abandon Israel? I have no desire to vote for anyone not supportive of Israel..home of the regathered Jews according to more then 20 biblical prophecies. Abandoning Israel will bring the wrath of God on the USA.

I started to skeptically look into Ron Paul's record and philosophy about two months ago, and after doing so, discovered that what I had been taught by mainstream christian political thought had been completely wrong all this time. After doing my fact-checking, I came to see Paul as the only seriously christian candidate in the entire field.. And when I say "christian" I mean the candidate that imitated Christ and his ways the most. There are many candidates that play the evangelical card, and even do a lot of things that would appear to support the cause of Christianity, but what I've discovered in my searching is that many of these candidates merely talk the talk to gain evangelical support, but a closer look at the candidate's legislative record or political philosophy often reveals subtle contradictions within their own philosophy or within the words and teachings of Christ. PLEASE investigate the so-called "christian choice" candidates, after earnestly doing so, I'm confident that you would find many of the same things that I have found and have come to believe in politically. As far the candidates however, I'm a full-fledged Ron Paul supporter. Character over charisma.

This article fails to maintain a very unbiased report on Ron Paul.

1) The Michael Gerson's quip is reprehensible.

“[Libertarianism] is the arrogance of the strong. It is contempt for the vulnerable and suffering. The conservative alternative to libertarianism is necessarily more complex,” Gerson said. “Responsible, self-governing citizens … are cultivated in institutions — families, religious communities and decent, orderly neighborhoods. And government has a limited but important role in reinforcing social norms and expectations — including laws against drugs and against the exploitation of men and women in the sex trade.”

To take 2 easy examples of what many "social conservatives" would find reprehensible and turn them on their head. Prostitution and drug decriminalization. Now, most here would agree someone trapped in the oldest profession or substance abuse is not a "strong" individual. They are in every sense "weak." And what is Gerson's policy towards these vulnerable and suffering people? Mind you, their crimes are victimless in the sense they are not intending to harm others. Simple: incarcerate them.

Also, government is to "reinforce social norms and expectations"? Seriously? Who decides the social norms? As Christians, absolutely our highest social norm is to follow Christ. Should government enforce that norm? It's certainly more important to us than say, smoking a marijuana cigarette once in your life.

2) The way this article frames Paul's nefarious bid to woo and fool poor evangelical voters is scandalous. As many other commenters have noted, he lives a Christian life without using it for political gain. This is something we should be upset about? You know how Hitler constantly harped on "religious themes" in his speeches? Yeah, that didn't end well. Most of us agree he was pretty anti-Christian, despite his public avowals to the contrary. No, actions and right-living are far better.

"If anyone is above reproach, the husband of one wife,[a] and his children are believers and not open to the charge of debauchery or insubordination. 7For an overseer,[b] as God’s steward, must be above reproach. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain, 8but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined. 9He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound[c] doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it." Titus 1:6-9.

Name me a more honest candidate please?


Social conservatives simply cannot live the double life of enforcing all their values on people (except for the only important one, a relationship with Christ), and then demand that the government should be smaller.

Here's a radical idea: Instead of making everyone play "pretend Christian" under the threat of Prison, we instead evangelize to them, humbly, peacefully, charitably, and with endless forgiveness?

Wouldn't that be a wild way to do Evangelicalism?

After a few moments of consideration, I reviewed my comment. In addition to being inchoate and sloppy, it was also intemperate. I apologize to the article's author.

I am partly heaping the frustration I have accumulated elsewhere on your doorstep. I just think that many of the values traditionally considered "Christian" by members of a "socially conservative" party are not Christian or especially socially conservative. I feel safer, in general when there is a smaller federal government available for coercion of any kind. I like thinking that I will be free to worship, be educated, and make life choices according to mandates I find in Scripture.

I lack that assurance when the government is granted more and more authority. I also worry what this says about the authority of the Church. Marriage licenses were at one time used by 38 states to prevent inter-racial marriage. That same law would have told Moses he could not marry Zipporah because of her race. The Bible records God being mightily unhappy about that distinction. These kinds of things are caused by government usurping church authority. Ron Paul tends to support policies that restore a lot of authority to the church.

Please consider him with an open mind. I think it's the Republican's best chance in the long run.

I'm not religious but appreciate Paul's principled stance on his belief that Freedom comes from God. I agree that it doesn't come from Government and that guy Gershon is clueless to say government has a so called "limited role" to enforce norms, when he is really promoting the National Government's absolute power to seize massive wealth and control in the name of compassionate legislative morality. Shame on that hack... If norms need to be enforced, let it be locally. If you don't like it, go live in California and grow your "medicine". But let the Americn experiment work and allow the marketplace of idea's decide what should be promoted and controled based on Individual choice and local democracy.

Wow I'm really surprised how many Christians here say they support Ron Paul. =) All I see on the news is support for Bachmann and Perry. neither of which I want to vote for. Here I was starting to think my fellow Christians have not learned from the past.

Ron paul may or may not be a christian but he is a politician i listened to him refuse to say GOD says homosexuality is a sin he himmed and hawed.although he does use christianese kindagoodlike. how can you say your faith is private when your faith is what suposedly is the reason for all you do have you exaimined the biblical structure of government? it doesn'tseem very libertarian unless you read the book of judges where everyone did what was rightin their own eyes.

Ron paul may or may not be a christian but he is a politician i listened to him refuse to say GOD says homosexuality is a sin he himmed and hawed.although he does use christianese kindagoodlike. how can you say your faith is private when your faith is what suposedly is the reason for all you do have you exaimined the biblical structure of government? it doesn'tseem very libertarian unless you read the book of judges where everyone did what was rightin their own eyes.

I question his credibility as a christian because his foreign policy is against Israel. He may believe in God but I am not sure he fully understands the bible.

First of all I am suspicious of someone who says they are Christian but doesn't like to talk about it. Why does he hide his beliefs? I thought a true Christian was supposed to proclaim his faith in order to spread the "good news" of salvation through Jesus Christ. Second, I have never heard Paul say that we have any moral obligation to help others. I may be wrong but he seems to favor the idea that helping others is a personal choice, not a duty. This is clearly against Christianity which teaches we are commanded to help the poor, the widow, the orphan, to feed the hungry and clothe the naked. This is not an option, it is a direct commandment and Jesus clearly says that those who do not do this will go to Hell. As for Ayn Rand, I dont know what her influence is on Paul, but I do know that this Russian Jewish Atheist said that altruism is immoral and that Christianity is the kindergarten for Communism. She was 100% anti-Christian.

You can only stand behind "I'm for peace, therefore I vote for Ron Paul" for about a second because 1 Thess. 5 says that even unbelievers will say “Peace and Safety” before they’re destroyed. Peace is not the moral standard, the Bible is. Peace is an in internal outcome from a regenerated life through Christ.

I'm glad he is pro-life and cautious with war, but we must understand that for someone to say he is pro-life and then say that we should not dabble in issues like pornography, prostitution, drugs and the like is a contradiction to his own philosophy that the government not infringe on liberties.

For him to pick which issues should be federally regulated and which ones shouldn't (when dealing with these moral issues especially) is proving that he is relying on his own wisdom to make these choices, which is not Biblical.

The truth is, you can’t be an honest Christian and run with Paul’s philosophy. He needs to admit that there are many things that should be regulated based on the command of Scripture. Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty (2 Cor. 3:17).

"My friends, you don't need to do nation building in Israel, we're already built! You don't need to export Democracy to Israel we've already got it! and you don't need to send American troops to Israel WE CAN DEFEND OURSELVES!!!"
-- Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel

Your treatment of Paul's views of social issues is misleading and intellectually dishonest. Please google the Bible & Ron Paul YouTube Series for an accurate defense of Paul's platform. He is, in fact, the most biblical candidate running.