Friday, August 21, 2009

How About a Conscientious Morality, Mr. President?

Thanks to Todd Friel and the folks at ”Wretched TV” for inspiring this.

On Wednesday, President Barack “above my pay-grade” Obama attempted to appeal to faith-based groups to garner support for government involvement in health care reform. He invoked religious thought with proselytizing phrases like “bearing false witness” and “my brother’s keeper.”

In other words, unless we support his “above my pay-grade” health-care agenda, we are going against God.

What a crock!

Instead of running off any conservative or libertarian talking points, let’s look at this from a biblical perspective. We should be Christians first and then conservatives, republicans, libertarians, or patriots. Inasmuch as we may agree with Rush, Glenn or Sean, the truth of the bible is the main thing we need to be in agreement with. So, let’s do that.

“Bearing false witness” comes from Exodus 20:16, the Ninth Commandment – “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor” (KJV). John MacArthur puts it this way. “Justice is not served by any untruthful testimony. Practically all societies have recognized this principle and adjure all witnesses in courts to tell the truth and nothing but the truth” (The MacArthur Study Bible). The English Standard Version Study Bible states in its notes; “Acting as a false witness suggests a legal trial in which false testimony could lead to punishment for one's neighbor. Bearing “false witness” is condemned in Scripture for its disastrous effects among people and its utter disregard for God's character. The Lord's righteousness and justice were to be reflected in Israel's life as a nation, which was thus to exclude speaking falsely, especially for the sake of gaining something at the expense of another person and perverting justice.”

By invoking this line, President Obama seemed to be “speaking falsely, especially for the sake of gaining something at the expense of another person and perverting justice.”

“My brother’s keeper” is not a statement but rather a question from Cain to God in Genesis 4.

“Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, saying, “I have gotten a man with the help of the Lord.” And again, she bore his brother Abel. Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, and Cain a worker of the ground. In the course of time Cain brought to the Lord an offering of the fruit of the ground, and Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat portions. And the Lord had regard for Abel and his offering, but for Cain and his offering he had no regard. So Cain was very angry, and his face fell. The Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry, and why has your face fallen? If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is for you, but you must rule over it.” Cain spoke to Abel his brother. And when they were in the field, Cain rose up against his brother Abel and killed him. Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He said, “I do not know; am I my brother's keeper?” And the Lord said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother's blood is crying to me from the ground. And now you are cursed from the ground, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother's blood from your hand.” (Genesis 4:1-11 ESV). Again from the MacArthur Study Bible; “Cain’s sarcasm was a play on words, based on the fact that Abel was the “keeper” of sheep. Lying was the third sin resulting from Cain’s attitude of indifference to God’s commands. Sin was ruling over him.”

Barack Obama apparently expects not to be his brother’s keeper but rather to be the “keeper of sheep.” The bible makes it clear who is supposed to be our shepherd and it isn’t Barrack Hussein Obama.

Maybe, the President should have attended that National Prayer event.

AND since the President has decided to take up a religious mantle regarding universal healthcare, let’s really examine what the bible says about it.

Could the liberals actually be right about what a Christian perspective should be regarding universal healthcare?

Isn’t it the Christian thing to do? Liberally logical, isn’t it?

Among others, Ed Shultz brings up “Christian” leaders like Rick Warren and Joel Osteen. The former didn’t seem to have room for the Gospel in his “Purpose Driven Life” book and the latter seems to think that our best life isn’t the eternal one paid for by Jesus. Mr. Shultz also talks about Jesus “feeding the hungry, clothing the poor and healing the sick.” And no, Jesus wasn’t concerned with Insurance. JESUS WAS CONCERNED WITH GLORIFYING GOD BY DOING GODLY WORKS! Jesus also did NOT preach anything about either the Herodian kingdom or the Roman government to provide healthcare for all. It was Jesus in the flesh who fed, clothed and healed so that He would be known as the prophesied Messiah. The rest of the video is a standard debate geared from a liberal point of view that really doesn’t address the issue from a biblical standard. There is a mention of Matthew 25, but without contextual interpretation.

So, Are the liberals right?

First, let’s try to look at universal healthcare as if it IS the Christian thing to do:

1. Jesus and the Apostles Healed.
2. Jesus said, “Love the poor.”
3. Romans 13 promotes general welfare
4. It’s about Justice in making it right for all
5. Bringing the Kingdom of God to the Earth
6. Equality in lifestyle
7. Too many greedy and dishonest companies

But in the contextual truth of the bible, Jesus and the Apostles healed to support their message and point to the Messiah, not to support universal healthcare. As far as the poor goes, anyone who hates them is NOT a Christian. The bible describes the poor as those who have nothing and cannot help themselves, either through disease, calamity or infirmity and it is those that Christians need to be helping. Romans 13 actually defines the role of government and it doesn’t include anything about universal healthcare. Bible justice is not about evening the playing field; it’s about punishment for those who do bad. The Kingdom of God isn’t about making things better on the planet but about drawing others to it by getting people to change towards repentance and faith… on the inside first. Equality in lifestyle is NOT a biblical principal. Having opportunity to improve your lifestyle is. And although it is vital for Christians to be against greed and dishonest gain, it is biblically okay for people and companies to make a profit.

The above list may be considered the “Christian” thing to do by liberals and proponents of universal healthcare. However, It is MUCH better to have a BIBLICAL WORLDVIEW as given in scripture.

Now let’s look at what the bible says that would be against universal healthcare:

1. The bible says DO NOT STEAL (Exodus 20:15) – Taking from one to give to another is still a form of theft. And the potential taxes raised to pay for universal healthcare would do just that.
2. The Apostle Paul said “If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat.” (2 Thessalonians 3:10) – In the same context there are some cases of the uninsured that would be covered under universal healthcare that are capable of, but not willing to work and pay for it themselves.
3. End of Life counseling Issues and Abortion – There is NOTHING biblical that would support either of these being covered in universal healthcare. Even though Democrats have said that “Death Panels” and abortions are NOT going to be funded, the congress will NOT put language in the bill to ensure this.
4. Rationing or who gets what when – Biblically, God views only two types of people, the saved and the unsaved. Age, gender, color, size, etc. make no difference as it could in universal healthcare.
5. Old Testament Pattern – providing ownership, mercy, and safety nets for the really poor and not for those who want it for everyone.
6. Debt. – Not a good thing according to the bible. The cost of universal healthcare would exponentially increase our already growing debt.
7. Inheritance – We will be leaving to our posterity a huge debt because we cannot afford universal healthcare. Again, not a good thing as far as the bible goes.

As Ed Shultz said in the video, we do need to have our bibles handy in this issue. And liberals would love for us to leave them at home collecting dust:

So take your bible with you to the next Tea Party, Town Hall Meeting or Healthcare Rally. Be ready to give a biblical perspective on why universal healthcare is not biblical. Be a Christian first, then a political person.

Todd Friel has some great sign ideas to have at the next rallies:

Thou shall not steal
Exodus 20:9
Stealing from the rich is still stealing.

The wicked borrows and does not pay back
Psalm 37:21
A 1.3 Trillion dollar debt is very wicked.

It is an abomination for kings to commit wicked acts
Proverbs 16:12
Forcing us to pay for abortions is very wicked.

All hard work brings profit.
Proverbs 14:23
Nancy, the bible is okay with making a profit.

A good man leaves and inheritance for his children.
Proverbs 13:22
You are not good men.

Government’s role is to punish the wicked.
Romans 13:4
Healthcare is not government’s role.

If our political leaders and nightly talking heads are going to play the religious game, we can too. We just need to be better equipped at it and the only way to do that is to know your bible.

Don’t take my word for it, read God’s Word and find out for yourself!

1 comment:

Alanrd67 said...

Many people believe that the foundation of this country, it's leaders and it's documents are built upon the Word of God.

Many conservatives and republicans and a handful of others may acknowledge the roots of America are Christian based BUT they want an agenda that leaves off the One Who made this country possible.

The last time I saw a Christmas tree in was dead.

Take away the roots of Christianity and Christ Himself...

and You will have a dead political movement.

Thank you for your article.