Ever wonder if right wingers ever actually read the Bible? I’m pretty sure they don’t. To the Right Winger, Jesus was a white, war mongering, corporation loving, profiteering, poor hating Christian. In reality, Jesus was none of these things. That’s why when President Obama invoked the teachings of Jesus during the National Prayer Breakfast, I was ecstatic. The President is not only a Christian, he’s a Christian who has actually read the Bible. The President invoked the teachings of Jesus in his call to raise taxes in an effort to help those in poverty. And it wasn’t long before the Right Wing whined about it.
In a post on Redstate, CNN contributor Erick Erickson claims that President Obama perverted the word of Jesus and twisted what the Bible says to promote a liberal agenda. Here’s part of the post:
“But we must also point out that Christians have an obligation to pray for their leaders and, given how the President of the United State just twisted the words of our Lord and Savior, we should pray all the more fervently for him because in reading Luke 12:48, he clearly ignored or has no understand of Luke 12:47, the prior sentence, which reads
“And that servant who knew his master’s will but did not get ready or act according to his will, will receive a severe beating.” (ESV)
One must wonder about the Christian grounding of the people in the White House who encouraged the President of the United States to pervert the words of the Living God.
The President this week chose to pervert God’s Word to make the case for a tax increase, but he also chose to ignore God’s word on life and is ordering Christians, while he claims to be one, to violate their Christian conscience on abortion — requiring Christian organizations to provide health insurance that will cover the cost of drugs that induce abortions.
He is trying to have it both ways. He is trying to use God’s Word to defend a tax policy that dissuades individuals from giving gladly and charitably to the poor as God instructs and is ignoring God’s Word in order to force fellow Christians into violating their Christian conscience — something about which God cares a great deal.
This cannot end well for him, particularly doing this claiming to be a Christian. And it might not end well for the rest of us either. Barack Obama has gone to war with Christians’ consciences and he is perverting God’s word in the process to get his way on public policy.
“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.” 1 Timothy 2:1-2 (ESV)
Pray hard. The President needs it.”
Unfortunately for Erickson, there are more than two verses in the Bible. His claim that the wealthy are being prevented from “giving gladly and charitably” is ridiculous. The part of the wealthy 1% that he is trying to defend doesn’t really care about the poor or anybody else who isn’t wealthy. They care only about profit and how they can make more regardless of the suffering it causes. They may donate money to charity, but it isn’t much in relation to the enormous wealth they enjoy and it’s only to get a tax write-off anyway (which, conveniently ignored, is the governments’ way of encouraging charity). And most times, the “charity” isn’t even a charity. Such as Mitt Romney’s donation to the Mormon church. Out of his hundreds of millions of dollars, he only gave a meager $700,000. He didn’t give that money to a soup kitchen, or to the Salvation Army, or Doctors Without Borders, or a homeless shelter. He gave it to the Mormon church, which will more than likely use the money for advertising or conversion efforts or to strip homosexuals of their rights in California rather than actually help people.
Despite what Erickson claims, God and Jesus love the poor and would rather be with the poor than with the rich. Jesus was not a capitalist. If anything, he was a socialist. Jesus helped the poor and healed the sick. And he never asked for payment. Only faith. Here is a collection of multiple verses in the Bible concerning the poor. These verses blow the Republican stance on the poor out of the water. On the issue of taxes, while Jesus didn’t say we should pay taxes, he did infer that if we feel required to pay them we should pay them. Well, America is in a dire situation and the American people are slipping further into poverty. The situation certainly requires it. The President of the United States is calling on the wealthy to pay a higher rate. He’s not asking them to pay a 90% rate or even a 50% rate, he’s asking the wealthy to pay only 39% which is only four percent more than they currently pay. The same amount they paid only a decade ago during one the greatest economic boons in the history of the country.
The fact is, both God and Jesus commanded that we help the poor and if that means paying more taxes, so be it. Education, health care, protecting the environment, and rebuilding our society are Christian values that we should be gladly willing to pay for. That is, as long as it’s through the government and not a greedy, corrupt, for profit corporation that only cares about it’s bottom line. Erick Erickson is a hypocrite. President Obama invoked Christianity to back up his political beliefs, just as Republicans often do. The only difference is that Republicans don’t actually know what the Bible says. They just abuse it to create hate and fear. Is that really what Jesus would do?
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