Chris Van Landingham discusses the irony of the question "What Would Jesus Do?" being asked at the Republican debate. His suggestion, in a nutshell, is that with the exception of Ron Paul, the Republican candidates are largely hypocrites for courting the Religious Right, claiming to be followers of Jesus, and then promoting war and the death penalty:
Would Jesus use the death penalty? Mike Huckabee cleverly dodged the question by stating that Jesus is not a politician. After all Huckabee, who does support the death penalty, is a Baptist minister who ceaselessly touts his devotion to Jesus’ teachings. Yet any Christian who has bothered to read any of Jesus’ word would realize that Jesus would not support the death penalty. I am sure we are all glad, as Huckabee pointed out, that Jesus is not a politician because chicken-hawks, such as Huckabee, probably would not vote for him.
He goes on and reads the words of Paul in the Second Letter to the Corinthians 10:3-4, and thinks that Ron Paul is he only one who is really proposing a policy which would be consistent with the teaching of Christ. He concludes:
We should take the advice of both Pauls when dealing with foreign policy. We should set a good example at home, and spread our ideals of freedom through peaceful means, not bombs falling from the sky. None of the other Republican candidates endorse this view. Even Huckabee who, like President Bush, wears his faith on his sleeve to make sure everyone knows that he is a Christian.