Sunday, April 09, 2006

Bible Lesson #3174

Attendees of a New York City political conference, hosted by Reverend Al Sharpton, were treated to a bit of a Bible lesson from Senator John Kerry (hat tip: QandO Blog). Patrick Healy provides some details of the groups tutelage in the New York Times:

A Roman Catholic who has struggled at times to talk about his own faith, Mr. Kerry also told the group that he believed "deeply in my faith" and that the Koran, the Torah, the Gospels and the Acts of the Apostles had influenced a social conscience that he exercised in politics.

"I will tell you, nowhere in there, nowhere, not in one page, not in one phrase uttered and reported by the Lord Jesus Christ, can you find anything that suggests that there is a virtue in cutting children from Medicaid and taking money from the poor and giving it to the rich," Mr. Kerry said.

Kerry, a Roman Catholic, gets his moral guidance from the Koran and the Torah? I must've missed those lessons in catechism classes, but that's not the statement that struck me as funny. When I repeated Kerry's statement to the Indigent Girlfriend, her first thought was the same as mine; the Parable of the Talents:

For [the kingdom of heaven is] as a man travelling into a far country, [who] called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.

And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.

Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made [them] other five talents.

And likewise he that [had received] two, he also gained other two.

But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord's money.

After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them.

And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.

His lord said unto him, Well done, [thou] good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them.

His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed:

And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, [there] thou hast [that is] thine.

His lord answered and said unto him, [Thou] wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed:

Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and [then] at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.

Take therefore the talent from him, and give [it] unto him which hath ten talents.

For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.

And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Now, this parable is primarily about works, but I'm surprised Kerry wasn't mindful of it as he mentions the Gospels so prominently in his speech. However, it clearly illustrates "one phrase uttered and reported by the Lord Jesus Christ" where money is taken from the poor and given to the rich. The problems with Kerry's speech are further compounded by the rediculous notion that a government could ever be virtuous or recognized by God for that matter. Our government could implement every social policy that every wack-job has ever dreamed up, and I would still be thankful that I only have to answer to God for what I have done, not for what any government has done. I also believe there would be a whole lot of people, which had voted for and supported those social policies all their lives, having their talents taken away and given to those who perhaps had not voted for the government programs.

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