(CNSNews.com) – GOP presidential contender Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said at the Family Research Council Action’s Values Voters Summit on Friday in Washington, D.C., that as a Christian he must model Jesus Christ in his life, including how he would govern if he is elected president of the United States.
“My job is to care in love for my fellow man, because there’s never been a person who God didn’t love,” Rubio said. “And so people better hope that my faith influences the way we govern, because these are important values.”
Rubio called the debate sparked by GOP presidential candidate and retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson’s remarks about how a president’s faith should allow him to uphold his oath of office and the Constitution “silly” and that his own Christian faith informs what kind of president he would be.
“And this is important, because we’ve always had this debate about, well, what role should faith play in your life, and what role should faith play in politics?” Rubio asked rhetorically. “That’s a silly debate.
“For starters, our country was founded on a spiritual principle - on the idea that every human being has rights that are given to you by God, not by your government, not by the king,” Rubio said. “It was a revolutionary idea.”
“And second, as a Christian, I am taught from the earliest days of my life that I’m supposed to model Jesus Christ. God made man, and that means I’m supposed to care for the less fortunate,” Rubio said. “That’s supposed to mean that I’m supposed to try to be humble, that there’s strength in weakness, that the meek shall inherit the earth.”