Every time I see a political ad or listen to many of our elected representatives I can’t help but wish they would follow this admonition from Moses: Leviticus 19:11 “Do not steal. Do not Lie. Do not deceive on another:”
And with America plagued by violence, drugs, greed, envy, “free” sex, corruption and special interests at the expense of the “common good”, how about this one?
2 Chronicles 7:14 – “If my people who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
In case you say that as Christians we are not under the law but under grace you might want to spend a few minutes with Paul’s letter to the Romans (Chapter 6). Is America in slavery to sin? What would happen if Americans acknowledged their bad behavior and took the gospel of Jesus to heart.
This video is a great reminder that our Nation was surely founded on Christian values and beliefs. Sadly, too many American either don’t know or don’t value the legacy given to us by America’s founding fathers.
Posted at “Stoplight: A Walk for the President”, commentary by Stuart Shepard, senior director of media for CitizenLink and host of Family News in Focus.
“For unto whom much is given, much is required.” …in his February 2nd speech at the National Prayer Breakfast, President Obama cited this scripture for the premise that rich Christians should be willing to pay more taxes to promote social welfare programs. Well, Mr. President, that isn’t what this scripture is all about. The lesson of the parable is about the stewardship expected of those placed in positions of trust…especially public trust; it’s not about paying taxes. One must read the whole parable: Matthew 24, 45-51; Luke 12:41-48 (the quotation itself is only found in Luke). Moreover, the quoted, partial sentence continues:
“…and from the one to whom much has been entrusted, even more will be demanded.”
And, while we’re at it, biblical charity is direct and personal, not via a government bureaucracy! (e.g. Matthew 25:35-40)
Jesus did say something about taxes. He said:
“… give to the Emperor the things that are the Emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” (Luke 20:25)
Frankly, I don’t see how my God-given blessings belong to the government! Maybe this all means that the people on the “dole” should pay all the income tax since what they have does come from Caesar!
“Faux pas” actually translates as: “fraudulent precedence” (Black’s Law Dictionary)
C-Span2 (C-span.org) Fellowship Foundation National Prayer Breakfast