We are weary of amateur, liberal theologians - many of whom are agnostic or atheist themselves, but want to lecture us about what our religious beliefs should be. Apparently, MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell fancies himself - simultaneously - an expert on both New Testament Christian theology and tax policy:
In other words, Jesus Christ was a socialist community organizer who would approve of President Obama increasng your taxes. (See why it's so difficult to take progressives seriously when it comes to actual ideas?)
Unfortunately for O'Donnell, those of us who really do read and believe the Bible understand that the passage he quotes has nothing whatsoever to do with US tax policy. It speaks instead to the condition of someone's heart condition as they contribute freely to the temple for religious, ministry purposes.
But taxes are not voluntary contributions. They are forced extractions.
O'Donnell is just another progressive "thinker" who wants you to believe that God himself supports redistribiution of wealth. But Jesus said in Matthew 22, "So give back to Caesar what is Caesar's, and to God what is God's."
Thankfully, irrelevant, self-appointed "preachers" of Marxism like O'Donnell are easy to ignore.
Hat tip to NewsBusters.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Lawrence O'Donnell: God's tax policy? 'Jesus would take it all.'
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In the Gospels, Jesus, overwhelmingly, teaches us to give to and care for the poor and the sick. If we vote at all, and if in fact we are guided by Christ’s teachings when we vote, then we must vote to provide quality public education healthcare and living wages to our brothers and sisters. This is not at all inconsistent with Christ’s teaching to “give onto Caesar . .” During Christ’s time, Christ’s followers were ruled by the Roman empire, they had no vote, etc. Jesus was simply making it clear that he was not advocating anarchy against Roman authority, but rather, that loyalty and service to both God and to the Roman state were not mutually exclusive (as you know, or as you should know). We, on the other hand, live in what is still, albeit barely, a democracy where we have somewhat of a say in the policies of our government. If we truly give ourselves to Christ, then we must vote (if we vote at all) for the government, which is nothing but an extension of us, to act as if it too, is guided by Christ. How is it proper, as guided by the Gospels, to vote to limit abortion, on the one hand, but on the other hand, we should ignore Christ and vote, without consideration, for the welfare of our weakest and poorest brothers and sisters. You may not like it. You don’t have to like it, but the truth is the truth and the light is the light.ReplyDelete
You posted anonymously, but you are so ill-informed that we'll respond.ReplyDelete
Nowhere in the Bible are Christians commanded to do good to others through the government. The Church is expected to do this independently, of our own free will. Government NEVER enters the equation, except as Caesar demands.
It is proper to limit abortion, because abortion is murder of human babies, and therefore violates one of God's commandements. Christians are commanded in scripture to "remember the poor," meaning financially.
And lastly, we live in a Republic, not a democracy.
Thanks for commenting.
Didn't Jesus also say something like the poor will always be among us and that if a man won't work he will not eat. Wonder how O'Donnell would feel about that?ReplyDelete
Our government should spend more time teaching men to fish and less time feeding them fish.ReplyDelete
Jesus did say, "The poor will always be with you." It was actually the Apostle Paul who wrote that people too lazy to work should not eat.ReplyDelete
And yes, the government should stop feeding people.
Note to the Christian Church: It's reasonable to assume that Jesus expects us do to a LOT more to care for the poor. Without the government's involvement.
Wow, the Blush LimpBlah is now a reverend, he can take his place next to the other flakes like Jim Jones, Jim Baker, Jimmy Swaggart, (all silly jimmy’s), Ted Haggard, Oral Roberts, Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, Franklin Gramham (son of Billy), John Hagee, and we can’t forget the rev. Mike Huckabee. Maybe LimpBlah next sermon will be about the scripture “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and give to God what is God’s”, found in the good book. But alas we probably hear more or the same lies that we heard today. He is such a windbag.ReplyDelete
Montana, we'll leave your comment here only because you refrained somehow from using profanity. Your sad progressive tactic of name-calling is immature and has no effect on normal people.ReplyDelete