I have a few comments about President Obama’s beliefs as expressed at the recent National Prayer Breakfast.
As reported in The Augusta Chronicle, Obama used Luke 12:48 to remind us that “to whom much is given, much shall be required.” He used it to justify his desire to raise taxes on those who earn above a certain amount each year.
The parable he used actually is about how a servant should know what his master desires, and he should be willing to accomplish the will of the master. The servant is not under compulsion to serve, but serves out of his own initiative, not because his master tells him to. If our president is going to quote Scripture, he should make sure he doesn’t just use those Scriptures that back up his political objectives.
On the other side of the coin, there is a verse in 2 Thessalonians in which the Apostle Paul tells how he worked hard during his visit so that he would not be a burden on others. He then tells the believers that all should follow his example: “If a man will not work, he shall not eat.” I don’t think the president will be quoting this one anytime soon.
The president is doing what many preachers and others do all the time – he is “prooftexting.” He is picking only the verses that help him politically.
North Augusta, S.C.