Journey to a New Land

The Obama campaign as an explorer’s ship.

We were sailing to the lowlands.  The journey had been long, almost four years, and many of my crew, including four boatswains, had already jumped overboard for despair of our situation and defense of their honor.  If they perished, they said, they wished to do so on their own terms.  Some said it was my overbearing nature, that I was a harsh, uncompromising captain.  I disagreed.

We sailed on a cutter called Stephanie.  I wish I could say she bore us true, but her masts were rickety and we had to constantly readjust for the winds.  The crew worked hard day and night to tighten axles and rods and stay the sails.  Yet we still could not keep a course.

My first mate had gone completely mad, raving about chains and merchants with strange accents.  I had the crew lock him in the brig for his own safety, and ours.  Some said they had seen him drinking from the sea; others claimed it was just his advanced age.

Is Christianity a socialist religion?

The subject of socialism has quietly wafted into the public discourse in America over the last four years. When General Motors underwent Chapter 11 reorganization in 2009, our government bought a large stake in the company: 61 percent. It still owned about 26 percent of GM as of May 2012, and 73.8 percent of Ally Financial, a GM-owned banking and auto finance company. Everyone has heard of “too big to fail”: massive loans extended to various organizations such as AIG, in a government effort to avoid their failures’ consequences on markets, employment, and individual lives. President Obama speaks often of everyone “doing their fair share” or “getting a fair shake”. It’s quite evident he and many in the Democrat party value equality over nearly all other principles that steer this nation.

On a more individual level, President Obama has also invoked the Bible in his arguments for fairness in public policy. Most notably, with regard to raising taxes on the wealthy in order to balance the budget, he cited Luke 12:48: “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” (Luke 12:48b, NIV). At first glance, this seems like a reasonable assertion. The fact that Scripture makes this statement gives Obama’s words more authority, on their surface. And it makes one wonder: Does Christianity, via the Bible, preach socialism?

Touré’s misuse of Scripture

Recently MSNBC’s The Cycle roundtable of pundits discussed Mitt Romney’s just-released tax return for 2011 and the 20-year summary provided through PricewaterhouseCoopers. This article at The Blaze sums it up well, but one assertion by co-host Touré needs particular attention from a Biblical standpoint.

At the end of the video featured at that link, Touré makes a surprising and completely erroneous reference to the poor widow’s offering, found in Luke 21:1-4. He states of Romney’s charitable contributions, “The rich man who gave a bunch means less than the poor person who gave a penny.” S.E. Cupp called it a cheap shot. She was right, but it’s much more than that.