- As someone who believes that Jesus Christ suffered and died so that I might be saved, I am dismayed that many of my fellow Christians are supporting political candidates like Rick Santorum whose foreign policy views are the direct opposite of what Jesus taught us.
Jesus was the most non-violent man ever to have walked on earth. In His Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7; Luke 6:20), He taught us: “Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God… Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, and pray for them that despitefully use you, and persecute you…Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.”
- Former Senator Santorum has long judged Iran to be a threat and boasts that during the George W. Bush years he pushed for more crippling sanctions than his colleagues were willing to pass. Sanctions are usually the precursor to war and tend to rally the downtrodden in sanctioned countries around their leaders. These same downtrodden are the ones who suffer the most as we deprive them of the necessities to survive – not very Christ-like.
- In essence, sanctions are when governments tell businessmen they can’t conduct business. Aside from the resultant suffering of the poor in the sanctioned country and the inevitable movement towards war, sanctions disrupt the free market and are one of the most anti-capitalist measures a country can adopt. Not only do they go against the teachings of Jesus, but likewise those of Adam Smith, John Locke and Ludwig Von Mises.
- Santorum has also made it abundantly clear that he will attack Iran if they don’t do as he says. When David Gregory asked him on Meet the Press: “You would use air strikes if it became clear that they were going to…?” his response was “Yes, that’s – that’s the plan.” He also makes it clear that any Iranian or other nuclear scientist working with Iran “will be treated as an enemy combatant, like an Al Qaida member.” This attitude not only runs counter to Jesus’ “judge not” teachings, but ignores the advice of General Martin Dempsey, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff who recently stated regarding a pre-emptive attack: “it would not be prudent” and the former head of Mossad, Meir Dagan, who recently referred to attacking Iran as “the stupidest thing I ever heard.”
- The foreign policy views of Rick Santorum are but a more aggressive take on what has become the standard for both major political parties. The cost in blood and treasure has been enormous. The Iraq War alone has cost us nearly 4,500 American lives and well over 30,000 injured. For Iraq it was much worse with over 100,000 deaths. Various monetary cost estimates range into trillions of dollars. In the end the CIA concluded there were no weapons of mass destruction.
- Would Christians not be better served supporting Dr. Ron Paul, a man whose foreign policy views are easily the most Christ-like of all the candidates, a man whose campaign literature says “Ron Paul has accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior, and he endeavors to follow Him in all he does and in every position he advocates?” Ron Paul has consistently advocated diplomacy over aggression, unrestricted free trade over sanctions and would never commit our troops to combat without a Declaration of War from Congress. Members of the military seem to like this former Air Force flight surgeon and only veteran among the candidates – they have donated more to his campaign than all the other candidates including Obama combined.
- Ron Paul’s policies are not only the most Christ-like, but also identical to our Founding Fathers, most notably George Washington who cautioned us against foreign entanglements. Paul is also the only candidate whose monetary policies are solidly in line with the free market thinkers – Locke, Smith and Von Mises - mentioned above.
- PATRICK HENRY SELLERS