Tuesday, August 26, 2008

POLITICIANS QUOTE JESUS WHEN IT IS CONVENIENT

I am just a preacher. I have no interest in telling Christians who to vote for. My sole interest here is in addressing the habit of political figures to use Scripture for their own means. When they misapply or abuse Scripture, this becomes the concern of every lover of truth. With that said, the following caught my attention:
"Obama told the Rev. Rick Warren that 'we still don't abide by that basic precept of Matthew: that whatever you do for the least of my brothers, you do for me....That basic principle applies to poverty. It applies to racism and sexism; it applies to not thinking about providing ladders of opportunity for people to get into the middle class.'" See complete article here...
What do you think about what Mr. Obama said? On judgment day is Jesus going to say you didn't pay enough taxes to the government? Is Jesus going to judge you more severly because you did not vote for bigger government? Did your political choice hinder people from moving into the "middle class"? Is Mr. Obama right that Matthew 25 means you will be judged because you did not approve of homosexuality ("sexism") by the way you voted? Listen to Jesus' words:
"34 Then the King will say to those on His right, 'Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35'For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; 36 naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.' (Mt. 25:34-36).
Understanding the context of Jesus' words, I have to take issue with anyone, Democrat or Republican, who says that Jesus is suggesting that government and government programs are the means for accomplishing this good. That is the work of the Church. I question anyone's understanding of Scripture who implies that "doing to the least of these brothers" means accepting modern social mores that were described to be sinful in the Scriptures.

Let's be clear. What Jesus is talking about is serving Jesus by serving others. Jesus is talking about something that politicians couldn't care less about: the salvation of souls and eternal life. Jesus is talking personally to His disciples about loving and helping others. Mr. Obama doesn't want government in the business of saving souls, does he? I don't think Mr. Obama is thinking about saving souls. Or are these politicians simply using Jesus' words to prop up and bolster their social and political aspirations? Loving Jesus' word, my problem is with politicians who preach that we ought to be giving more. They pretend it is their duty to impose on others their giving spirit through taxation. When the government takes from a man's paycheck to give it to another man, that has absolutely nothing to do with fulfilling the responsibility being spoken of by Jesus. That is not charity or benevolence. Jesus' words are an admonition to the individual. And while these opportunists use the Scriptures when it is convenient, they do not understand the real intent to save souls. The Church gives as a sacrifice to God. Giving to help others is a means to an end; not an end in itself.

The same politicians that preach that we ought to be taxed more if we want to be obedient to Jesus, are the same ones that encourage abortion, same-sex marriage, legalization of marijuana, and other things contrary to principles found in Scripture. Because of their positions on these important moral issues, I question their sincerity when they start quoting Jesus.

Along the same line, Congresswoman, Nancy Pelosi, a Catholic, recently gave an answer to when life begins, which Mr. Obama refused to answer saying it was "above his pay grade" to do so. In her discourse, the suggested that the question remained a controversy in the Catholic Church. To which, the Catholic Cardinal of Washington said her comments "were incorrect" and "Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception … Since the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable. Direct abortion, that is to say, abortion willed either as an end or a means, is gravely contrary to the moral law."1 Mrs. Pelosi was caught doing what many politicians do of manipulating the Truth for their own means: this time, the support of killing babies.

The church of Christ is made of volunteers who give their money cheerfully and liberally to accomplish the good of expanding the Kingdom by saving souls. Jesus was never interested in only serving the flesh, as modern "social justice" programs aim for, when he healed or fed people. Jesus was about saving souls. That purpose must be seen in Jesus' admonition to do go to "least of these Brothers of mine." Christians don't need to be made to serve. Because of our love for Christ, we serve him by giving as we see the need.
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1. Accessed here.

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