I recently talked with Florida senator and 2016 Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio about his faith journey.
Ed Stetzer: You have one of the more fascinating faith journeys. You kind of run the gamut of conservative American religious traditions. You left one and went to the other for different reasons.
So tell me a little bit about that beyond what we know. We know you grew up Catholic. You kind of were engaged in the Mormon faith and came back to Catholicism. Where are you now? Are you solely a Catholic? I know you’re theologically and doctrinally aligned. Are you an evangelical Catholic? How do you define yourself?
Senator Marco Rubio: I was born into the Catholic Church. My family attended the Catholic Church. I was 8 years old so we followed my parents, primarily my mother into the LDS church for a number of years. And by the time—I was 11 or 12—we had returned to Catholicism. So as an adult—is what I can speak to. Certainly growing up after that I attended a Catholic church, was confirmed, married in the church and I’ve never really left the church.
There was a time when I became not as engaged in my faith as I needed to be. My wife really became alive in the Spirit particularly by attending Christ Fellowship at the invitation of our sister. As my family loved attending there—my children certainly do—and she’s so alive in the church that, who was I to disrupt that based on denominational differences?
So we’ve maintained our relationship with the church ever since and continue to listen to sermons even when I’m out of town. I think [Christ Fellowship Pastor] Rick [Blackwood] is a phenomenal teacher of the Word and we enjoy very much our friendship with him and our relationship.
That said, of course I’m a Roman Catholic. I mean I’m not just aligned doctrinally and theologically but I attend mass every Sunday. We participate and are in communion with the church. So, I’m a Roman Catholic, but in no way do I view that as a conflict with the Gospel teachings that our brothers and sisters in Christ offer at Christ Fellowship. In fact, I have relationships with Greg Laurie out in Orange County and others. In the end we share the same faith in Christ as our Savior.
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SOURCE: Christianity Today