Strike a Pose

February 4, 2012

Obama assures us that Jesus would let the Bush tax cuts expire. He’s (Obama) strangely silent on Jesus’ position on a government living beyond its means.

Quoth Obama “For me as a Christian, it also coincides with Jesus’s teaching that for unto whom much is given, much shall be required,” Obama said, quoting the Gospel of Luke.

Allow me to offer another excerpt from Luke (Chapter 18; ver 10 – 14)

“Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.

The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank thee that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector.

I fast twice a week, I give tithes of all that I get.’

But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’

I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for every one who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

We can take a few things from this. Granted, tax collection has changed much in the past 2000 years, but still in modern times if you don’t pay your taxes the full force of the law will come down upon you.

Coerced virtue is not virtue at all. And just as the tax collectors gained at the expense of the people 2000 years ago, Obama gains power by taking from one (small) set of people and giving to another (large set of people).

But the point of the story in Luke is not about tax collection. It is about humility. God is more offended by the self-righteous Pharisee than he is the penitent tax collector. Which one does our President resemble?

Is he being sincere? Is he pandering to Christians? Is he trying to make Christians who oppose him feel like hypocrites? Is he grasping at straws?

One thing’s for sure, his striking a “Vaya con Dios pose” within a week of mandating the distribution of free birth control at religious institutions that oppose the practice is not likely to make him any more friends among that community.


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