WASHINGTON -- President Obama may have turned to religion to sell his Health Care Program. Today on Fox News it was reported the President held a telephone conference with several liberal Religious Leaders yesterday.
Fox reported the message delivered by the President was an attempt to get these Pastors to use their pulpit to convince their congregations to go along with the Presidents Health Care Program.
Don Swarthout, President of Christians Reviving America's Values said, "I thought the use of religion in order to convince the people to follow anything political was prohibited by the U.S. Supreme Court's rulings. Now the President of the United States is using religion to convince people to follow his political position."
The President called supporting his plan a moral issue, according to his understanding of religion. The President also misused scripture calling the people who oppose his plan "liars" and violators of the ninth commandment which says, "Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor."
Of course, it is not too surprising the President would get that wrong, for the past seven months he has apparently not even chosen a church for his family to attend in Washington, D.C.
Swarthout said, "As a Pastor I may understand the Bible a little better than the average person. Apparently the President thinks the Bible says government should help the poor instead of the Bible calling upon Christians to give to the poor."
Actually the Bible tells Christians to help the poor and it may be a moral issue. In Matthew 25:44 the Bible says, "Lord, when did we see You hungry, or thirsty, or as a stranger naked, or sick, or in prison and did not minister to You?" Then Jesus will say, "Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me. These will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous will go into eternal life."
The gist of this story is Christians are to minister to the poor and if we do we will be called righteous and we will go into eternal life. The truth is our very salvation may depend upon helping those in need. However, there is no place in the Bible which tells us that the government is supposed to do these things for us.