“Faith is a living, daring confidence in God’s grace, so sure and certain that a man could stake his life on it a thousand times.” – Martin Luther
Faith is a critical aspect of the lives of millions of Americans. Not only religious faith, but faith in our leaders to move in the right direction, faith in each other to make coherent decisions, and faith that when it comes down to it, we will be better than we were before. Religious faith is used by many people as a base out of which their political beliefs extend. Many social issues are directly tied to questions of morality. Economic issues, on the other hand, are rarely connected to faith, and morality.
Politicians—specifically Democrats, who are generally faithless individuals—have taken to using faith to get what they want. They twist issues and paint them with biblical and moral relativism. Against amnesty? How cruel. How un-Christian of you. You favor Capital punishment? That’s so unlike Christ. You think welfare is given out too freely? Doesn’t the bible say to help the poor? Not only are their allegedly biblical arguments absurd and asinine, they then proceed to ignore any aspect of faith which would condemn them or their beliefs, and lifestyles.
Now, in a bid to make people think she gives a crap about faith, Hillary Clinton is firing up the old bible talk. I have difficulty believing Hillary has ever even opened a bible, let alone read it—I mean, she’s never once burst into flames. At a recent gathering of Methodist women, Clinton spoke about the struggle she faced as a young person. Her father preached self-reliance, while her mother was more compassionate. She then talked about Jesus, and the feeding of the five thousand:
“The disciples come to Jesus and suggest they send away the people to find food to fend for themselves. But Jesus said, `No. You feed them’…He was teaching a lesson about the responsibility we all share.”
She then proceeded to talk about raising the minimum wage, as well as equal pay for women. The problem here–aside from the fact that the gender based wage gap has been very well explained, and isn’t something that could be legislated away—is that Hillary Clinton is twisting a biblical story to suit her agenda. She is making issues like the minimum wage, and the alleged wage gap about morality, rather than common sense, and financial stability.
The Democrats have lost the facts war, so they’ve turned right around, and made the war about something other than facts. They have rebranded issues over which they are losing control as moral issues. Hillary is claiming that the feeding of the five thousand is a parable endorsing her socialistic platform. Jesus, and the disciples helped all these people, so that obviously means that the government should take all our money away, and use it for social safety net programs!
First, the idea that the feeding of the five thousand is anything other a lesson teaching us about our responsibility as individuals, and as a church, is ridiculous. Second, you can’t just dunk an issue in a big ole bucket of holy water, and shame people into buying what you’re selling.
Hillary Clinton will never convince me she is anything but an opportunistic atheist. Her analogies are feeble, at best, and I can’t believe that anyone who so ardently supports the right of a woman to slaughter her own children has ever opened a bible.
Thanks, but no thanks, Hills. Why don’t you go try your spiel on someone who is a bit more easily manipulated? I hear John Boehner has tomorrow free.