Democrats Take Crack at Scripture

28 09 2007

Filed under: Bible, Scripture, Christian, Worldview

Does anyone remember what happened Wednesday night? Didn’t think so. That’s because no one was watching the Democrat presidential debate . . . because it was aired on MSNBC. I don’t think anyone but the “air” saw it. Not surprising was the leftist spewing of ideas for Iraq, health care, taxes, etc, if you can even call them ideas. But the only thing that is worth exposing pertains to the last question posed to the candidates: “What is your favorite bible verse?” Check out these “responses:”

Senator Barack Obama: “The Sermon on the Mount, because it expresses a basic principle that I think we’ve lost over the last six years.”

Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton: “The Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. I think that’s a good rule for politics, too.”

Mike Gravel: “The most important thing in life is love. That’s what empowers courage and courage implements the rest of our virtues.”

Representative Dennis Kucinich: “Prayer from St. Francis, which says, ‘Lord make me an instrument of your peace.’ ”

John Edwards: “What you do unto the least of those, you do unto me.”

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson: “The Sermon on the Mount, because I believe it’s an issue of social justice, equality, brotherly issues reflecting a nation that is deeply torn and needs to heal and come together.”

Senator Christopher J. Dodd: “The Good Samaritan would be a worthwhile sort of description of who we all ought to be in life.”

Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr.: “Christ’s warning of the Pharisees. There are many Pharisees, and it’s part of what has bankrupted some people’s view about religion. And I worry about the Pharisees.”

NOT ONE CANDIDATE quoted a single bible verse. This being the last question, commonly known as the Lightening Round, allows little time elaboration. But when asked to quote a meaningful bible chapter and verse, little expatiation is needed. Either these candidates fear a backlash from Barry Lynn for quoting an actual scriptural reference, or worse, they don’t know the bible any better than they know how to run a government.

Somewhat to their credit, Obama, Richardson, and Edwards’ responses come from concepts in the Gospel of Matthew. Clinton’s response, the Golden Rule, is not mentioned in the bible at all. However, a verse in Luke refers to a similar notion. Kucinich’s response is not in the bible whatsoever.

I am certain that most of these hopefuls can quote scripture from memory. Even the devil can do that (he attempted to mislead Jesus by taking scripture out of context). But more importantly, we should evaluate and judge these candidates on how they apply scripture to their daily lives and political thought, not how much they can recite. In other words, what influence does scripture have on their worldview? In the case of these Democrats, scripture is a nice standard for their personal life, but it does not go beyond that. A Christian worldview is based on the belief that there is no area of life that God has not spoken. A Christian worldview filters politics (and everything else too) through scripture. For each of these Democrats, it’s unfortunately vice versa.

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