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Obama’s Newfound Biblical Playbook

I’ve been watching over the past few months as President Obama has stepped up his public display of religiosity, using increasingly Biblical language and heading more frequently and more publicly – with walks across Lafayette Park – to church.

I was in particular taken aback Feb. 2 when, during his appearance at the National Prayer Breakfast, Obama appeared to be reaching directly into the Bible for justifications and guidance for his policies.

He implied that Jesus would approve of his tax policies and found passages in the Bible that supported his financial reform law and various spending initiatives.

Have a look.

Imagine if Bush said he was rifling through the Bible to find suggestions for public policy?

Well, using Scripture in this way has not always been Kosher with Obama.

Take a look at the first several minutes of this video capturing his appearance in 2006 at the Call to Renewal’s Building a Covenant for a New America conference in Washington, DC. Quite a different attitude.

A few choice quotes:

Which passages of Scripture should guide our public policy? Should we go with Leviticus, which suggests slavery is ok and that eating shellfish is abomination? How about Deuteronomy, which suggests stoning your child if he strays from the faith? Or should we just stick to the Sermon on the Mount – a passage that is so radical that it’s doubtful that our own Defense Department would survive its application? So before we get carried away, let’s read our bibles. Folks haven’t been reading their bibles . . .

Democracy demands that the religiously motivated translate their concerns into universal, rather than religion-specific, values. It requires that their proposals be subject to argument, and amenable to reason.

Politics depends on our ability to persuade each other of common aims based on a common reality. It involves the compromise, the art of what’s possible. At some fundamental level, religion does not allow for compromise. It’s the art of the impossible. If God has spoken, then followers are expected to live up to God’s edicts, regardless of the consequences. To base one’s life on such uncompromising commitments may be sublime, but to base our policy making on such commitments would be a dangerous thing.

Spoken like a man who did not yet know much about the people outside Chicago he would need to win a national election.

Just a scant few years ago, Obama wasn’t looking for votes in places where many people can be found in churches clinging to their Bibles.

In 2006, he didn’t understand them. In 2008, he didn’t need them. But in 2012, he does.

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15 Responses to Obama’s Newfound Biblical Playbook

  1. His personality is insufferable here…the arrogant head tilt, his lame attempt at a black preacher accent. You can tell how much coaching he’s had since then but his ever-changing self-serving agenda and lies never changes.

  2. Keith, you deserve a medal for listening to this charlatan! After 30 seconds, I think about violating the 6th Commandment, lol!

    A couple of things come to mind when he takes to the pulpit:

    1.) Why are we, the taxpayers, still supporting his illegal auntie and his drunken uncle; and why is his brother still living in a mud hit in Africa on $10/year? Is he not his brother’s keeper?

    2.) Why are his daughters being raised without any religious orientation? Does he read Scriptures to them every night??? Does he conduct Bible classes on the golf course or the private residence?

    The man has no core principles or morals! He is a two-bit con artist!

  3. Is it just me or does the beginning of the choice quotes harken back to an episode of West Wing when the president was dressing down a character based on Dr. Laura

  4. “Democracy demands that the religiously motivated translate their concerns into universal, rather than religion-specific, values. It requires that their proposals be subject to argument, and amenable to reason.”

    Did Mr. O use this argument with the Catholic bishops to explain the contraception mandate in Obamacare?

  5. Yes he’s found religion indeed just in time for November. I watched he and the
    little woman speak today it would have made you sick. At one point he called
    the entrapped military ‘commrades’ I swear what is wrong with people how can they let this pathetic loser and his greedy shrew of a wife ruin America?

  6. Obama fails the “Jesus test” by three important criteria: 1) stewardship of time, treasure and talent; 2) management;the disciples were encouraged to speak with one Voice,not spread division and discontent;.3) Jesus spoke only of his Father, not Himself. Also, Jesus died on the cross, He didn’t use it as a photo prop.

  7. So basically how I interpreted his view on abortion (2:05) is that we Christians need to compromise our moral values because someone of no religion may want an abortion. My take on abortion is that the government should not be involved in moral issues…period. The government needs to keep it’s nose out of our bedrooms. You can’t legislate morality. It is none of my business if a woman wants to abort her child. That is between her and her higher power. Just don’t make me pay for what I believe is immoral.