Marco Rubio has committed a new sin in the eyes of the liberal media. The Florida Senator has apparently been tweeting from the “most Republican part of the Bible,” according to Politico on Sunday.
The website blasted Rubio on Sunday with this headline: “Marco Rubio Is Tweeting the Most Republican Part of the Bible; Each day, the Florida senator is quoting a verse from Proverbs, the GOP’s favorite part of the book.”
While many Americans may be familiar with the Old and New Testament, Politico apparently thinks there are Republican and Democratic sections:
Marco Rubio had a message for his nearly 3 million Twitter followers on the morning of June 26: “As dogs return to their vomit, so fools repeat their folly. Proverbs 26:11.”
That one might have been his most head-snapping, but Rubio, the Republican senator from Florida, had been tweeting verses like that one since May 16. He has tweeted a biblical verse almost every day since then. Almost all of them come from the Old Testament, and specifically the book of Proverbs.
Proverbs is notable in that is presents a fairly consistent view of the world: The righteous are rewarded, and the wicked are punished. In the understanding of Proverbs, everyone gets what is coming to them; behavior is directly linked to reward or punishment. This worldview has social consequences: Those who succeed in life must be more righteous than those who struggle.
Writer Joel Baden continued, “Some of the statements in Proverbs look strikingly similar to those made by modern-day conservative policymakers.”
Here are some examples of Rubio supposedly pushing the GOP agenda by quoting Proverbs:
Of course, if Politico wasn’t trying to twist the Bible to fit an ideology, Baden would have acknowledged that Proverbs also contains instruction such as this: “Those who give to the poor will lack nothing, but those who close their eyes to them receive many curses.” (Proverbs 28:27)
Or Proverbs 28:3: “A ruler who oppresses the poor is like a driving rain that leaves no crops.”
Not exactly cold-hearted capitalism (as portrayed by the media).
Baden cites Proverbs 22:4 as an example of the “Republican”-leaning nature of the book: “By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches and honor and life.”
In reality, there are verses in Proverbs that should be convicting to all, liberal or conservative, Republican or Democrat. But, of course, a liberal outlet like Politico sees everything through a partisan lens.