By Sarah McCammon
Evangelicals see the Bible as the ultimate source of guidance for every aspect of life. But how exactly to apply to that to difficult moral dilemmas isn’t always clear.
And this week, as the question of what to do about the plight of refugees from Syria and Iraq in the wake of the Paris attacks has become a national political debate, it’s also become a moral question — one evangelicals are divided over.
‘Our Faith Tells Us …’
Speaking to a room of several hundred Iowa conservatives on Friday, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio said Christianity should permeate everything they do.
“You’re called to be a Christian in every aspect of your life – including your work, your home, your business – whatever endeavor you get involved in, including politics for that matter,” Rubio said.
Seven GOP presidential hopefuls were attending the Presidential Family Forum in downtown Des Moines, hosted by the conservative Christian group the Family Leader.
And at another point in the event, moderator Frank Luntz posed the question that many evangelicals are grappling with.
“Common sense tells us that we should keep these refugees out,” Luntz said. “But our faith tells us to help those in genuine need. ”
Luntz had hardly finished his sentence before Texas Sen. Ted Cruz jumped in to say America was already helping. Cruz says the U.S. is spending more than a billion dollars to help refugees.
Cruz has called for blocking Muslim Syrians from entering the U.S., while several of his rivals want to keep out all Syrian refugees.
That’s at odds with the position of several major church groups, including the National Association of Evangelicals.
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