The 2016 Presidential candidates have been talking about their personal faith in the last few weeks. Here’s a roundup of some of the most important comments they’ve made so far.
How important is what a candidate says about their personal faith to you?
Jeb Bush: Former Florida governor has shared, “I love the sacraments of the Catholic Church, the timeless nature of the message of the Catholic Church, the fact that the catholic Church believes in, and acts on, absolute truth as its foundational principle and doesn’t move with the tides of modern times, as my former religion did.”
Ben Carson: In an interview, the outspoken Christian shared, “The most important thing for me is having a relationship with God. To know that the owner, the creator of the universe loves you, sent His Son to die for your sins, that’s very empowering.”
Chris Christie: A devoted Catholic, Christie regularly shares the story of how his grandmother encouraged him to stick with his faith after feeling like prayer “didn’t work” because he got a C on a test he prayed for. His grandmother said, “No Chris, you’re wrong. God always answers your prayers. But sometimes the answer is no.”
Ted Cruz: The Southern Baptist Texas senator said, “At the end of the day, faith is not organized religion; it’s not going to a church. It is a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour.”
Carly Fiorina: The former CEO shared her faith is what helped her through losing her step-daughter and being diagnosed with breast cancer, both in 2009. “I am quite certain, that I would not have been able to endure those without a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. I am forever grateful that I rediscovered a personal relationship with God before that happened,” she said.
Mike Huckabee: This ordained Southern Baptist minister said, “In every person’s life the only thing that makes life truly worth living the next day is knowing that emptiness is filled by the Lord Jesus Christ.”
John Kasich: The committed Anglican shared, “I have a mission, and I have a role on this earth. But I am trying to prepare myself for the world that’s yet to come.”
Rand Paul: “My faith has never been easy for me, never been easy to talk about and never been without obstacles. I do not and cannot wear my religion on my sleeve. I am a Christian but not always a good one. I’m not completely free of doubts. I struggle to understand man’s inhumanity to man. I struggle to understand the horrible tragedies that war inflicts on our young men and women,” he shared in 2012.
Marco Rubio: In his personal memoir, the member of the Catholic Church said, “Our temporal ambitions are infinitely less important than our spiritual progress, but they are the stuff of life, too, and often beguiling, and they tempt us constantly to misplace our priorities… We all crave to make our mark in this life, and sometimes forget that our place in the next one matters more. I have been ambitious for worldly success. I hope I have been for the right reasons.”
Rick Santorum: The conservative Catholic is the CEO of a Christian film studio said, “I think culture is upstream from politics, and maybe it’s important to get involved in the upstream and see what the impact can be to the country generally as a result.”
Donald Trump: The business magnate and reality TV star is proud to be Presbyterian. On attending church, he said he goes as much he can. “Always on Christmas. Always on Easter. Always when there’s a major occasion. And during the Sundays. I’m a Sunday church person.”
Hillary Clinton: In response to a question while speaking to a small group of people the former Secretary of State said, “I am a person of faith. I am a Christian. I am Methodist. My study of the Bible and my many conversations with people of faith has led me to believe that the most important commandment is to love the Lord with all your might, and to love your neighbor as yourself. That is what I think we are commanded by Christ to do.”
Martin O’Malley: The Maryland governor is a proud Catholic who said his role model is “a Jesuit priest by the name of Father Horace McKenna, who ran a mission out of the basement of Saint Aloysius Church. He gave his entire life to serving the poor, and he truly did see the face of God in every individual that he served.”
Bernie Sanders: The senator is an American Jew who is “not actively involved with organized religion.” He added, “I think everyone believes in God in their own ways. To me, it means that all of us are connected, all of life is connected, and that we are all tied together.”