Last Thursday at the annual National Prayer Breakfast, a normally non-partisan event which historically seeks to check petty politics at the door, Barack Obama, in full campaign mode, broke this rule. He made a pitch to the group about raising taxes on the wealthy. He even went so far as to imply that Jesus would agree with him. The wealthy should pay more.
“For unto whom much is given, much shall be required,” he quoted.
Now I don’t intend this post to be an in depth study of the Bible, but like most portions of the Bible, you need to read the rest of the story to gain proper context and perspective. And I have been amazed that most of the critics and supporters that have come out for or against Obama’s twisted statement have no clue what this passage actually means.
Now, it is not shocking that a President who grew up being indoctrinated in the Madrasahs of Indonesia, filled with the anti-Christian Doctrine of Islam followed by a couple of decades sitting in on the “Reverend” Jeremiah Wright’s anti-American and anti-White hatred would be clueless when it comes to biblical meaning. But I have yet to read an account of this misquoted and out of context verse that actually shows an understanding of what Jesus was actually saying here.
But I suppose it is asking too much of reporters and pundits to pick up a Bible and check the context and meaning before jerking their knees.
The passage that Obama quoted as supportive evidence that Jesus would want to raise taxes is from the Book of Luke, Chapter 12, Verse 48. You don’t even need to blow the dust off of your own Bible these days to read the passage for yourself. It is available online (although I prefer my old, dog-eared the tree-based version).
Verse 47 and 48 say:
“The servant who knows the master’s will and does not get ready or does not do what the master wants will be beaten with many blows. 48 But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows. 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.”
In this materialistic world, it is a sad reflection that we would associate the phrase “to whom much is given” with material treasures and money.
Jesus was speaking about salvation, not money! The Gospel is the actual treasure.
Earlier, in the same chapter Jesus made this point perfectly clear. A man in the assembled crowd asked Jesus to force his brother to share the inheritance that the older brother received from their father.
Jesus replied, “Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?” 15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”
No. Life consists of the riches that come with a belief in God. Those are the ones to whom much has been given. And much is expected of them. Not by paying taxes, but by sharing the Word. The Word of God.
Interestingly, Obama decided to stop his Scripture lesson at verse 48. Pity. One could draw another out of context comparison of Obama from the next couple of verses:
“51 Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division. 52 From now on there will be five in one family divided against each other, three against two and two against three. 53 They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.”
But if Obama managed to write his own bible, no doubt it would include the passage:
“And the poor shall be divided against the rich. And the blacks against the whites. And the left against the right. And the Christians against the Muslims.”
And most Christians are fully aware that Satan is quite capable of quoting the Bible to further his own agenda. Matthew Chapter 4 is a perfect example. Now, I am not inferring that Obama is Satan, but quoting the Bible out of context is a tactic that both have used.
Ironically, the passage that Obama used out of context could also be used to justify taxing the poor. As far as tax money, the wealthy are given very little. Most pay far more than they consume. It is the poor, those on government assistance to whom much is given (by the government). Should we expect much in return from the poor as well?
But in Obama’s Big Government-centric mind, taking a lower percentage on investment income is somehow a gift from the government. Only if one defines the absence of confiscation of wealth by the government as “giving” could this line of thought make any sense.
And, of course, Obama is obviously not referring to Charitable giving by the wealthy, but taxes. If he were, he would offer more of his own personal treasure to Charity. While Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney gave almost $3 million to charity according to his income taxes, Obama gave just over $60,000 when he was running in 2008. And Joe Biden gave just $380. And the left loves to use raw numbers when they are to their advantage and percentages when they better support their “share the wealth” philosophy. But even the percentages fail the left on this one. Romney gave about 14% of his income to charity, while Obama gave just over 6% and Biden an embarrassing .15% (point one-five) when they were running.
President Obama has proven to be most anti-religious President in American history. His war against Christians and disdain for Israel are a dangerous path for America. Obama has elevated secularism to a religion in itself. Purging all things related to God is a far cry from the Constitutional requirement that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion”
And as is the norm for this president, he not only takes the Bible out of context, he, and others on the left, do the same with the US Constitution. In their race to purge God from America, they disregard the second half of the Establishment Clause, “or prohibiting the free exercise thereof“.
The actual sentence reads:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…
And in Obama’s current war on the Catholic Church, he is forcing them to provide birth control and abortion “services” that are in direct conflict with the Constitution he swore to uphold.
And again, the media have failed to see the point. The fact that polls show 98% of Catholics practice some form of birth control is totally irrelevant. The Catholic Church also tells their members not to sin. Yet 100% of them are sinners. And the polls were not clear on methods of contraception. Most Catholics believe that the “rhythm method” of birth control is acceptable under Catholic Doctrine. Not being Catholic, I have no opinion on the acceptability of this practice. But it is hard to imagine that intentional celibacy at times of peak fertility of the wife would be problematic, or conflict with Catholic teachings. If God intends that a couple have a child, could doubt doubt that one will be born?
It is time for all people of faith to rise up and reject the Progressives like Obama and his ilk. The Progressives have taken over the Democratic Party and so deepened the ravine that divides the two parties that compromise now means taking equal measures of poison. One longs for the good old days when compromise was taking the good things from both sides and making something better.
Progressives like Obama hate God because religion is in direct conflict with their plans. These people want everyone to believe in Government, not God. To them, Government is a far better alternative to God. God is the competition. The people can’t possible have two providers.
As the Progressives pull America into the abyss of darkness and a secular society completely void of religion, where Eternal Hope has been replaced by the hope of a government check and salvation means extra food stamps, it is finally time for the majority of God fearing people to push back.
The Catholic Church has decided that Obama crossed the line. Without a doubt, Obama will find some way to pull back from this latest intrusion of government into the Church. Especially if the Church continues speak out on this. But keep in mind, this is the path Obama intends to take. Any reprieve will be fleeting and temporary. Should he win reelection in November, the pace of the journey into the abyss will hasten. He will have only four more years to destroy this country and remake it in his image.
A prospect that should scare the Hell out of every American. Christian, Jew, Muslim, Buddhist and atheist alike!