“For it [governmental authority] is a minister of God to you for good. But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath on the one who practices evil” (Romans 13:4).
There are now just four Republican presidential candidates remaining who are vying for their party’s nomination to run against President Obama in this fall’s general election. Only one of them professes to be a born-again Christian of the Protestant kind — Ron Paul. (Mitt Romney is a Mormon and Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich are Roman Catholics.)
If you’ve watched any of the Republican debates, Ron Paul doesn’t fit the modern Republican mold. Not only does he look much older than the other candidates (Paul is 76), but his views, especially as they relate to foreign policy and personal liberties, are outside the Republican mainstream as well.
But should they be considered outside the biblical Christian mainstream? While most “experts” say Ron Paul is “unelectable” and “out of step”, his blend of conservative and libertarian positions on the issues attracts many followers. Even prominent pastor Voddie Baucham recently explained in a column why he is voting for Ron Paul.
In The Christian Worldview’s continuing series of analyzing various aspects of the presidential candidates (for example, we discussed Romney’s Mormonism in Nov. 2011), we’ll take a closer look this Saturday at some of the more controversial views of Ron Paul to see whether they are consistent with a biblical worldview for government.