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At a political event in Raleigh, Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson was introduced as “a spiritual John the Baptist.” Then, speaking, Robinson depicted himself as a fire-breathing Christian. Robinson said the words he speaks are not his words they’re God’s words.

When you disagree with Mark Robinson, you disagree with God.

He goes on: I’m going to protect the Constitution, preach the message of Christ and kick people in the teeth who disagree.

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To those who disagree with him, he says: If you don’t like it, you can leave. You won’t be missed. This nation is not yours. You did not build it. You did not defend it. And you will not own it. We will.

When a politician tells you disagreeing with him is the same as disagreeing with God, you may want to take that with a grain of salt. It’s more likely that the reason he wants to kick people in the teeth is because they criticize him.

Thomas Jefferson lived in a land filled with people who had different religious beliefs. He watched state-sponsored religion under King George III, the Church of England, abuse Baptists and Presbyterians. Jefferson understood respecting other people’s belief’s, even when you disagree, was necessary to unite a divided country. Jefferson saw religious freedom as part of the foundation of our country.

As imperfect humans in a fallen world none of us is a saint. I’m a flawed Christian. I believe in Christ. And I believe God sent John the Baptist to prepare the way for Christ. I’ve also read Christ’s warning in the Sermon on the Mount, “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits.”

Mark Robinson is no John the Baptist.

Andy Wells is a former Republican state senator from Catawba County and is currently a member of the state Board of Transportation.

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