No longer is Barack Obama dissing people who cling to their Bibles.
More and more, as Election Day nears, he is quoting from it, paraphrasing from it and completely distorting its contents in an effort to rationalize his own collectivist, multiculturalist and globalist agenda.
It begins with a quote from him: “Treating others as you want to be treated. Requiring much from those who have been given so much. Living by the principle that we are our brother’s keeper. Caring for the poor and those in need. These values are old. They can be found in many denominations and many faiths, among many believers and among many non-believers … And they’re the ones that have defined my own faith journey. And today, with as many challenges as we face, these are the values I believe we’re going to have to return to in the hopes that God will buttress our efforts.”
To the untrained, undisciplined observer, this might sound good.
But what Obama is talking about is government playing God. What it amounts to is a wealth-distributionist manifesto disguised as a biblical creed.
Let’s take this apart.
- In Matthew 7:12, Jesus/Yeshua says: “Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them.” This is an individual commandment. It is not designed to be coerced or extracted from individuals through the power of government.
- Luke 12:48 says, in part: “For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more.” This is Jesus/Yeshua speaking. He is not suggesting the government should require more of the wealthy. He is talking about Himself – God.
- The term “brother’s keeper” comes up one time in the Bible. It is in a question from Cain after he slew his brother, Abel, in Genesis 4:9. When God asks Cain, “Where is thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper?” Are we as individuals commanded to help the poor and needy? Yes. But it is not the government’s role to usurp that privilege from us.
Obama’s values and faith statement goes on from there to cite 1 Corinthians 12:26: “And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.” But this is not a reference to a nation. It’s a clear reference to the body of believers in Jesus/Yeshua.
But he uses this out-of-context quote as his inspiration for the following: The government providing “basic economic security for everyone who is willing and able to work, including jobs with a salary you can raise a family and save for retirement on, affordable health care that’s there for you when you need it most, and opportunity through education.”
He goes on to suggest it is his own biblical values that drive his compulsion for:
- a government tax system that redistributes wealth;
- a national, top-down government-run health-care system;
- military interventionism around the world, even when no clear national interests are at stake;
- unconstitutional foreign aid programs that not only redistribute tax dollars between Americans, but also with other nations;
- further intrusion into education by the federal government;
- rewarding those who entered the country illegally ahead of those who attempted to immigrate under the rule of law;
- and more and more spending on programs that will only increase dependency rather than encourage liberty, self-government and personal responsibility;
- he even justifies the killing of unborn children as part of his “People of Faith” statement.
It’s quite an amazing document.
It all reminds me of another scripture Obama didn’t mention – Luke 21:8: “Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them.”
That’s really what Obama and the collectivist, multiculturalist and globalist agenda is all about – coming in the name of God.
One other verse, Matthew 7:15, comes to mind: “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.”