In House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s faith, walls are immoral.
She says it all the time. Check it out for yourself.
That one is a relatively new spiritual claim by Pelosi, since she has voted to build many walls in the past – on the U.S. border with Mexico and around the world.
But since Donald Trump proposed building more walls to deter illegal immigration, Pelosi decided it must be immoral – because, obviously, Trump is immoral.
It’s what some call “moral relativism.”
She’s had some other firm beliefs from further back in her political history. At least since 2002 – maybe longer – she’s quoted from her favorite Bible verse: “To minister to the needs of God’s creation is an act of worship. To ignore those needs is to dishonor the God who made us.”
Recently, she quoted it in a gathering of presidents of Christian colleges as she has dozens of times over the last 17 years.
Unfortunately, she noted: “I can’t find it in the Bible, but I quote it all the time. I keep reading and reading the Bible – I know it’s there someplace. It’s supposed to be in Isaiah. I heard a bishop say, ‘To minister to the needs of God’s creation. …'”
That’s a problem, all right. Quoting Bible verses and Bible ideas that are not in the Bible is becoming a habit with Nancy Pelosi. Effectively, what she is doing is something the Apostle John warned about in Revelation 22:18: “For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book.”
Maybe John was specifically writing about Revelation, but elsewhere the Bible warns against adding to God’s commands generally:
- Deuteronomy 4:2: “Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you.”
- Deuteronomy 12:32: “What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it.”
Is there something like Pelosi’s quotation in the Bible? Well, there is Proverbs 14:31: “He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker: but he that honoureth him hath mercy on the poor.” But to be accurate, the only word appearing in Nancy’s scripture and God’s is “the.” That hardly seems like a match.
But then recall that Pelosi has never been big on details and specifics.
You might recall her famous words during the debate over Obamacare – the legislation neither the people nor the legislators ever had a chance to read before a vote: “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy,” she said.
It’s all well and good for men and women to make pronouncements about right and wrong. But what we say to each other is simply a matter of the opinions of mortal men and women. Only God determines what is evil and what is good – though I think most people would recognize it’s better to find out what’s in a bill before it’s passed.
The good news is that all one has to do is to read the Bible to find out what’s in it. You don’t need an act of Congress to find out what’s in it. We already have the First Amendment. You can just read it any time, which leaves little excuse to misquote it over a 17-year period.