The final Republican debate of 2015 is on CNN tonight. The topics are national security and global terrorism. Considering the way the leading GOP candidates are vying for the votes of evangelicals, I would love for Wolf Blitzer to ask them some questions that connect their professed Christian faith to their worldview and policies.
Since biblicism—“a high regard for and obedience to the Bible as the ultimate authority”—is one of the four core characteristics of evangelicalism, I would like these candidates to use the Bible to answer the following questions:
- Who would Jesus bomb? Yeah, I know it’s a bumper sticker. But seriously, please show me one single passage from the Bible that connects the life and teachings of Jesus to any form of militarism. (If your answer comes from the book of Revelation, I have some follow-up questions that really won’t help you in the general election.)
- Which refugees would Jesus turn away?
- How many assault rifles and handguns should a faithful follower of Jesus own and for what purpose? Which teachings of Jesus or stories about him supports your answer?
- Since some would argue that the economy is a national security issue, please cite biblical references that make the case for your vision of capitalism and advocate for the reduction of entitlements for those struggling to make ends meet.
What other national security questions about Jesus and “biblical faith” would you like to see asked (and answered) in the GOP debate tonight?