Uh oh, Jim is talking about God again. Oh well. This week the young President turned to religious leaders to help push his health care plan (whichever one that is) to their respective flocks. Once again, we the critics are the sinners, and he, judge and jury.
Let’s set aside his stance on abortion and partial birth abortion (and his denial that his plan won’t fund abortions). He chose to invoke not just religion in his push for a political plan but then chose to invoke the 9th Commandment, admonishing his critics as “Bearing false witness.”
For a Christian, this is a serious offense and not to be taken lightly. Bearing false witness is more than lying. It is purposely twisting and falsifying the truth for personal gain among other things. It is a conscious act and a serious sin. Thus the charge carries much weight.
But there is little evidence that this is what his critics are doing. Quite the contrary. Critics, of his healthcare plan, including myself, have carefully read the bill (HR 3200) and our objections are based on careful analysis. Hardly bearing false witness. Thus the charge itself, if not true, and I believe it’s not, is ironically bearing false witness itself, although it is not for me to make such a charge and ultimately the Lord will be judge.
But I do find it disturbing that the young President, in front of religious leaders, was able to discover and recite the 9th Commandment while seemingly forgetting the 10th. He alone has led the charge against the rich, inciting a level of “class warfare” that I have not seen in my lifetime, A battle against those he determines to be “the haves”, punish them for their success and redistribute in the name of “social justice”.
It is this attitude that has spilled over and into the open among so many in America. I have received calls from people who tell me they can’t afford insurance, or get a bank loan, or a charge card because CEO’s make too much money. The President with his demonization of CEOs and corporations doesn’t just contribute to this anger … he stokes it.
Perhaps it’s undersatandable then that the Preident would stop at number 9 … and take a pass on 10.
Mother Theresa, whom I love dearly, once was asked what does a poor person have to be thankful for. She reponded by saying everything we have is a gift from God. Therefore she said if the Lord gives you two arms, praise Him for the two. If He gives you one, praise Him for the one. From those who are given everything, much will be expected, but ultimately the Lord and the Lord alone will hold each one of us accoutntable. Can I hear an Amen.
God Bless you all and have and weekend.
PS: Here are all 10. I can assure you I have broken my share of these. Will likely do so again. Therefore … this is just for “handy” reference for us all.