Well yes … just the thought of him talking about this is scary … but its actually a word he uses to describe Governor Sarah Palin speaking about God. The topic is a Palin speech in which she mentions that before the VP debate she was looking for someone to pray with but couldn’t find anyone. Matthews believes she is taking a shot at the McCain Camp. He could be right on that.
More disturbing is how he and his guests go on to take shots at people who pray together, people who speak to God and listen to God as well, and people who make God a very public part of every part of their lives. Oooooo, scary.
A few things.It is common for Christians to hold hands and quietly pray together, and yes many of us “talk” to God, and listen to God as He guides our lives. That is a hard concept for some to understand. As for religious intolerance, there was plenty of that on display in this clip.
Finally “Render unto Caesar those things that are Caesar’s”, was a response specifically about taxation but in general refers to a person’s faith in God and his relationship to the society in which he lives. Theology is not my long suit but while there are many many interpretations of this passage from Matthew, I can assure you no theologian believes that this passage refers to politicians not praying, in public or otherwise. Quite the opposite. To not pray because one is in public life would indeed be rendering to Caesar that which does not belong to Caesar, her will and soul.