GOP Senator Marco Rubio blasted left-leaning media, Politico, which published an article commenting that he was tweeting “the most Republican part of the Bible,” referring to his use of verses of the book of Proverbs in the Old Testament. “Proverbs is the Republican part of the Bible? I don’t think Solomon had yet joined the GOP when he wrote the first 29 chapters of Proverbs,” Rubio wrote.
Politico had written, “Each day, the Florida senator is quoting a verse from Proverbs, the GOP’s favorite part of the Bible.” The article didn’t stop Rubio from quoting Proverbs.
Hours after commenting on the Politico article, the senator’s tweet read, “Where words are many, sin is not wanting; but those who restrain their lips do well. Proverbs 10:19.”
The author, Joel. B. Baden, professor of Hebrew Bible at Yale Divinity School, wrote that the senator had been tweeting Bible verses 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,” Baden wrote, remarking that “Proverbs is probably the most Republican book of the entire Bible.”
The author said other Republicans also like to quote Proverbs, citing Ben Carson as an example.
During the 2016 presidential campaign, Carson “compared himself favorably to the blustery style of then-candidate Donald Trump by quoting Proverbs 22:4. ‘By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches and honor and life.'”
Gerald Ford’s favorite Bible passage was Proverbs 3:5-6. “Trust wholeheartedly in the Lord, put no faith in your own perception; in every course you take, have him in mind: He will see that your paths are smooth,” Baden added. “Ford repeated this when he served in the Navy during World War II, throughout his presidency and in his swearing in.”
When Rubio first started posting Bible verses to Twitter, there were some negative reactions, which Rubio described as a “Twitter freak out.” One political blogger called the Bible verses “oddly terrifying.”
Despite the left-wing criticism of posting Bible verses on his personal Twitter account, the senator does not plan to stop anytime soon.
About the Author
Anugrah Kumar is a frequent contributor to The Christian Post.