Today, the Dear Leader, President Obama, gave a blatantly political speech at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D. C.
What a surprise you might say.
At what is usually an innocuous event that presidents have spoken at since President Eisenhower was the first in 1953, the Dear Leader, President Obama, used biblical passages to make the case for bigger government.
But before dissecting that part of the speech, I do want to commend the president on the fact that he is not ashamed to be a man of prayer. And how he found Christ. That is a powerful story.
However, he did not mention that the church that he "worshipped" in for 20 years, Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago is a black-separatist church. Or that when he somehow realized that the former senior pastor, the "Rev." Jeremiah Wright was, oh how shall I write this, colorful to say the least and that caused problems, he dropped his relationship with the "Rev." Wright like a hot piece of lead.
But I always will contend and in fact defend that the Dear Leader, President Obama, is a Christian. And he gave the most overt speech about his Christian walk ever.
However, this is the Dear Leader, President Obama. And giving a political speech any where, any time, any place is his modus operandi.
And today was no different.
The following directly from the speech transcript is astonishing in that somehow, Jesus is just cool with big government:
And so when I talk about our financial institutions playing by the same rules as folks on Main Street, when I talk about making sure insurance companies aren't discriminating against those who are already sick, or making sure that unscrupulous lenders aren't taking advantage of the most vulnerable among us, I do so because I genuinely believe it will make the economy stronger for everybody. But I also do it because I know that far too many neighbors in our country have been hurt and treated unfairly over the last few years, and I believe in God's command to "love thy neighbor as thyself." I know the version of that Golden Rule is found in every major religion and every set of beliefs -- from Hinduism to Islam to Judaism to the writings of Plato.
I am just trying, I really am, to find in the Holy Bible where it calls for big government to justify "Love thy neighbor as thyself".
It is because it is not there in the Holy Bible.
And here is a counter-passage from the Gospel of Matthew, 6: 1-4 that may trump the above assertion:
“Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven. 2 Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. 3 But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly.
It is relevant because our Dear Leader, President Obama, continues:
And when I talk about shared responsibility, it's because I genuinely believe that in a time when many folks are struggling, at a time when we have enormous deficits, it's hard for me to ask seniors on a fixed income, or young people with student loans, or middle-class families who can barely pay the bills to shoulder the burden alone. And I think to myself, if I'm willing to give something up as somebody who's been extraordinarily blessed, and give up some of the tax breaks that I enjoy, I actually think that's going to make economic sense.
You see, if one looks at the government in the welfare business, they are indeed puffing themselves up about all the wonderful things that they do for the less fortunate. And government welfare is a form of charity. Yes, it is. The fact is that the Dear Leader, President Obama, is looking for a pat on the back from Almighty God for advocating taking money from people, the supposed eeeeevvvvviiilllll rich, have it pass through the government, and then distribute it as it sees fit.
The biblical tithe of 10% of one's income is not for the government. It really is not. It is to give to the church to help those less fortunate. Oh, I know that there is Jesus saying render onto Caesar what is Caesar's and render onto God what is God's. But I do not think that Jesus really cared about American tax policy circa 2012.
But to use the National Prayer Breakfast to recite a laundry list of policies of the Dear Leader, President Obama, is just plain bizarre.
But wait, it really is not.
Because it fits into a view of Christianity that has been rightly summed up by Glenn Beck.
While he did touch on his own personal relationship with Christ and about one's individual salvation, he really believes in Collective Salvation. It is not enough to have is own relationship with Christ. Everyone has to be the beneficiary whether they do or not. It is also the umbrella in which social justice is promulgated in Mainline Protestant churches. You know. Like Jesus was cool because he was for the poor. And he hated the rich people. All that kind of stuff.
I want to sum this up with this wisdom from Tina Korbe over at HotAir.com.
She is right.
It is tricky to use the Holy Bible to political problems. And it is done by both conservatives and liberals. It should be a guide to how one lives their life. That is a no-brainer for any Christian. But it should not be about how one can spiritually justify building the Socialist Utopia.
And this from Miss Korbe sums it up beautifully:
Yes, Jesus is acutely concerned with issues of authority and also with issues of wealth and poverty — but it all proceeds from the basic assumptions that authority comes from His Father and that the spiritual, in general, has primacy over the material. That is, Jesus’ injunctions to His followers to give everything they have to the poor proceed from the idea that whatever stands in the way of loving Him has got to go. It’s about His glory, not about the creation of some utopian society. Those who make Jesus’ teachings about the latter and not the former miss the major point His life, death and resurrection make.
But politicians always seem to make a mess of what the Holy Bible really means.
Too bad this one uses it to justify very bad decisions and governing.