Marco Rubio to King’s Academy grads: ‘Rebel against our modern culture’

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio speaking at graduation ceremonies for The King’s Academy, from a video posted by the school.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio urged graduates of The King’s Academy to rebel against a culture he described as overly concerned with wealth, fame, approval and bitter political fighting.

Rubio spoke Thursday night at the private Christian school’s commencement ceremonies at Christ Fellowship in Palm Beach Gardens. The school posted Rubio’s remarks on YouTube.

Even if one isn’t a Christian, Rubio said, “I believe it is an indisputable truth that Jesus of Nazareth was the most influential person who ever lived. He had no money, he had no political power, he had no army. Didn’t even have an Instagram account….He led a counter-cultural revolution that ended up overthrowing the most powerful empire in the world.”

Two millennia later, Rubio said, “My advice to you is to rebel against our modern culture and embrace instead the one that has changed the world.”

Rubio told the graduates that following his advice would be difficult.

“The values that (Jesus) both taught and modeled are as unpopular today as they were in his time. Frankly it is something I struggle with and admit to not always getting right. After all, I’m in a line of work where I need at least more than half the people to like me. And I’m in this line of work at a time when so many people — sadly even those who confess to being followers of Jesus — reject many of the things he taught,” Rubio said.

“The more someone lives like Jesus, the more they exhibit true love,” said Rubio. Echoing Paul’s epistle to the Galatians, Rubio also mentioned patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control as Christian attributes at odds with modern culture.

“It’s a culture where we increasingly separate ourselves from our neighbors, from our lifelong friends and even from family because of who they voted for or what they believe in,” Rubio said.

“This is the broader culture that, sadly, you inherit, but it does not have to be the culture you live in and it does not have to be the culture you leave behind,” Rubio said. “And so I ask you once again, rebel. Refuse to conform to this. It will most definitely change the course of your life. And if by some chance it catches on others copy you, then who knows, it may even end up changing and saving our country and saving and changing the world.”




In West Boca, Gov. Rick Scott calls for $1 million for Jewish school security

Florida Gov. Rick Scott talks to students at Katz Hillel Day School west of Boca Raton this morning. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post)

Florida Gov. Rick Scott dropped by the Katz Hillel Day School west of Boca Raton this morning to call for increased state spending on security at Jewish schools.

Florida legislators approved $654,000 for security measures for Jewish schools in this year’s budget.

Scott said he’ll ask for $1 million in his 2018-19 budget.

Click here to read more about Scott’s visit to Palm Beach County.

The governor autographs a student’s map of Florida at Katz Hillel Day School. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post)

Christ Fellowship pastor Todd Mullins leads prayer in Congress

Christ Fellowship Senior Pastor Todd Mullins offering the invocation in the U.S. House today, via CSPAN.

Todd Mullins, the senior pastor at Palm Beach Gardens-based Christ Fellowship, offered the invocation to begin today’s session of the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington.

Mullins’ one-minute prayer asked God to give peace and comfort to hurricane victims in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. He also quoted from Psalm 33:12: “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.”

Mullins is the pastor of U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, R-Palm City. Shortly after Mullins’ invocation, Mast gave brief remarks to the House in which he said Mullins “works every single day to try to help and change lives.”

Here’s the video of Mullins’ prayer and Mast’s remarks to the House:



Donald Trump inauguration: Florida pastor on list to participate in swearing-in

The inauguration committee coordinating the swearing-in of President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence on Wednesday announced a list of faith leaders who will participate in the ceremony. Among the names on the list: Pastor Paula White of the Orlando-area church New Destiny Christian Center.

She has served as Trump’s spiritual adviser for years, with Politico referring to her as his “God whisperer.”

Paula White. (Getty Images)
Paula White. (Getty Images)

White joins five others who will offer readings and participate in the invocation and benediction at the ceremony. Also on the list: the Rev. Franklin Graham, son of 98-year-old Christian evangelist Billy Graham.

“Since the first inaugural ceremony, our leaders have paid tribute to the blessings of liberty that have been bestowed upon our country and its people,” Presidential Inaugural Committee Chairman Tom Barrack said in a news release. “I am pleased to announce that a diverse set of faith leaders will offer readings and prayers at the swearing-in of President-elect Trump and honor the vital role religious faith plays in our multicultural, vibrant nation.”

According to the New Destiny Christian Church website, White has been senior pastor at the Apopka church since 2012. “By sharing her story of overcoming tragedy and finding restoration through the power of Christ, she has impacted people from every walk of life around the world,” the website states.

White has had her on TV show — on which Trump has appeared. Just before the Republican National Convention earlier this year, White spoke with The Christian Post about Trump’s faith. She spoke about her interactions with him, how they met — he saw one of her sermons on TV and contacted her — and why she supported him in the presidential race.

“I know Donald Trump. I know the strong leader he is,” she said. “I know how capable of a businessman he is. I know how compassionate he is. I know how smart he is. I know how he defends our values and the people whom he loves. I know how much he loves this country. I know how much he loves his children and how they admire and respect him.”

The Christian Post also asked White at the time if she might be called on to take part in the inauguration. “I don’t know and, frankly, I don’t care,” she said at the time. “The prayers I’m more interested in are prayers that are private, not public.”

Here are the other four faith leaders set to take part in the ceremony:

• Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York
• The Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference
• Rabbi Marvin Hier, Simon Wiesenthal Center
• Bishop Wayne T. Jackson, Great Faith Ministries International

Read Paula White’s interview with The Christian Post.