Religion is being bandied about by politicians in efforts to appear as pious as possible while vilifying their opponents.
Barack Obama quoted Luke 12:48: “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” He wants people to accept his belief Jesus Christ thought the rich should be taxed more.
As a “flat” or “fair tax” proponent I think ALL taxes should be based on a specific percentage of monies earned. I agree with more being asked of those who have more.
I disagree with Obama and others politicizing the Bible. He’s “arm twisting” people to accept his recognizably cynical presidency and is more interested in opportunistically leveraging votes from faith based people than actually living and practicing what he so clumsily preaches. The hypocrisy is so obvious it’s insulting. There is a specific demographic pursued– the faith-based community.
Rick Santorum is a major example of this. Mitt Romney was a Mormon Minister as is expected by that religion’s doctrine. Newt Gingrich has proclaimed endlessly the gospel according to Ronald Reagan. Michelle Bachmann had her apostolic moment in the spotlight when she campaigned as well. Many have assaulted the sensibilities and sensitivities of the American people through this venue of campaigning.
But a special level in the rings of Dante’s Inferno should be reserved for a man who so blatantly and self-servingly pulls scripture from his back-pocket and serves it up as piety. This is a man ordering the Catholic Church and others, to perform functions and supply services (providing birth-control, abortions and pregnancy termination education) in direct violation of their faith and teachings or suffer monetary fines and sanctions.
He’s made it a matter of secular, national law as commanded from his throne in Washington D.C. His edicts must be accepted without question.
Obama is long on disingenuous, self-aggrandizing double-speak when addressing his agenda. But occasionally he slips on the venom dripping from his serpent-like tongue while mesmerizing the people with his velvet rhetoric. Every so often he speaks the truth and in that truth he lets slip what he really believes.
Obama decried the fact he’s been unable “to force Congress to implement every aspect of what I said in 2008”. He further states: “the founders designed a system that makes it more difficult to bring about the changes that I would like sometimes”.
We should say “thank-you” to those same founders. We shed ourselves of an unresponsive, unsympathetic monarchy. We don’t need to replace it with an unresponsive and unsympathetic deity wannabe. He’s slinging words to masquerade as a man of the people when he‘s really an ideologue enslaved by his Marxist/socialist beliefs. He wants to share his cynical contagion.
Obama quotes Luke (badly I might add). He tries desperately to impress us with his knowledge of what’s right and proper. According to him, we should honor Christ by accepting Democratic policy and ideology of progressive social advancement. He should look at The Gospel according to Mathew.
In this Gospel, Mathew speaks in Chapter 6:1-8: (1)“Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven. (2)Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. (3)But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: (4) that thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly. (5)And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. (6)But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then, our Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. (7)And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. (8)Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.”
For every exhortation in the Bible there is a warning.
Heed this Obama “for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.”
Thanks for listening.