Once Again, President Obama Misses the “Biblical” Boat!
Obama, making his third appearance as president at the National Prayer Breakfast, used his remarks to justify many of his actions, such as his call for the wealthy to pay more in taxes… He said they were not only economically sound but also rooted in his Christian values.
"When I talk about shared responsibility, it's because I genuinely believe that in a time when many folks are struggling and at a time when we have enormous deficits, it's hard for me to ask seniors on a fixed income or young people with student loans or middle-class families who can barely pay the bills to shoulder the burden alone," Obama said. "But for me as a Christian, it also coincides with Jesus' teaching that, for unto whom much is given, much shall be required," he said.
I still don’t understand the liberal mindset of trying to justify government actions with biblical scriptures that have NOTHING WHATSOEVER to do with said actions. Context, especially biblical context, is something of which progressives have no concept.
President Obama quoted Luke 12:48 to justify his “Robin Hood” attitude toward government entitlements. However, as usual for our “christian” president, he fails to put the verse in context and explain what it truly means.
In order to comprehend v. 12:48, one has to read the entire passage, v. 12:35-48, to make it work:
“Stay dressed for action and keep your lamps burning, and be like men who are waiting for their master to come home from the wedding feast, so that they may open the door to him at once when he comes and knocks. Blessed are those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes. Truly, I say to you, he will dress himself for service and have them recline at table, and he will come and serve them. If he comes in the second watch, or in the third, and finds them awake, blessed are those servants! But know this, that if the master of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have left his house to be broken into. You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”
Peter said, “Lord, are you telling this parable for us or for all?” And the Lord said, “Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom his master will set over his household, to give them their portion of food at the proper time? Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes. Truly, I say to you, he will set him over all his possessions. But if that servant says to himself, ‘My master is delayed in coming,’ and begins to beat the male and female servants, and to eat and drink and get drunk, the master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know, and will cut him in pieces and put him with the unfaithful. And that servant who knew his master's will but did not get ready or act according to his will, will receive a severe beating. But the one who did not know, and did what deserved a beating, will receive a light beating. Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more.
(Luke 12:35-48 ESV)
Now that we have the whole verse, let us look specifically at the context of what Jesus is actually telling His disciples, specifically in v. 41-48. Oh, and it has nothing to do with taxing anyone.
Peter asked Jesus, “are you telling this parable for us or for all?” Jesus does not actually answer Peter’s question, which would seem to indicate that the application is for “everyone” to whom much has been given (see v. 48). The “faithful and wise manager” is the person who faithfully and fairly cares for those for whom he is responsible (NOT FOR THOSE WHOM THE GOVERNMENT DEEMS NEEDY), giving them “their portion… at the proper time.” When the master returns, the faithful manager will be rewarded — a metaphorical picture of the rewards that will be given to faithful believers AT THE RETURN OF CHRIST. The faithful “manager” is then contrasted with the unfaithful “servant” who beats the household “servants” and gets “drunk.” To the surprise of the unfaithful servant, however, the master will return “at an hour he does not know,” resulting in swift and harsh judgment: he will “cut him in pieces (“And the men who transgressed my covenant and did not keep the terms of the covenant that they made before me, I will make them like the calf that they cut in two and passed between its parts” - Jeremiah 34:18) and put him with the unfaithful” —a metaphorical reference to the punishment that awaits the unbeliever at the return of Christ. The latter description, linked with what Jesus said in Luke 13:27–28 and especially the parallel described in Matthew 24:51 indicates eternal judgment and separation from God (see Luke 8:13). “[M]uch will be required” refers to People who have been entrusted by God with many abilities and responsibilities will be held to a higher standard on the last day. The degree of punishment is commensurate with the extent to which the unfaithful behavior was willful. Ignorance is no excuse and there will be varying degrees of punishment in hell
In essence, President Obama has foisted a caveat that steals God’s blessings and glory to promote “Caesar’s” wants as the priority.
One more thing that Obama has done is something that every progressive seems to rail against: ignoring separation or church and state.
There is no such law or given rule that promotes a separation of church and state. But those same people who rail against public prayer, public nativity scenes and even then word “Christmas.,” are the ones who would hypocritically tout Obama’s biblical reference to justify social justice.
A word to the wise – Jesus and the bible are not a “give and take what you want” resource. Nor are they exclusive from each other. It’s an all or nothing prospect. In order to accept Jesus, one must accept His Holy Word and to accept the bible, one must recognize that the Word IS a part of Jesus.
Finally, when Barack Hussein Obama isn’t trying to walk on water, he needs to spend more time reading the bible, instead of being selective of its biblical truth!
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