I don’t know much about organizing a foreign policy. I am not well acquainted with Ron Paul’s position on the subject nor that of Newt Gingrich (though I understand the gist of their views). What I do know as a Christian is that there is something fundamentally wrong with one politician being jeered for suggesting we should do our best to model our foreign policy around the golden rule of doing unto others as we would have them do to us and another politician being cheered for suggesting that the best approach to dealing with our nation’s enemies is to kill them. This is especially concerning when it happens in the same debate in a state that claims to have a large evangelical voting block (though there is no way to know if those cheering loudly are evangelicals or not)! It is even more concerning when former President Andrew Jackson is declared an example of how things should be done.

Whatever nuance we may observe regarding Gingrich’s and Paul’s various proposals regarding this or that matter I think we should be disturbed when people show this much bloodlust.