President Obama isn’t selling the bracelets, but he is asking the question: WWJT? What Would Jesus Tax?
Speaking at the National Prayer Breakfast, the President invoked everyone from Jesus to Mohammed to push his universal welfare state. “It’s hard for me to ask [people]… who can barely pay the bills to shoulder the burden alone. And I think to myself, if I’m willing to give something up as somebody who’s been extraordinarily blessed and give up some of the tax breaks that I enjoy, I actually think that’s going to make some economic sense… For me as a Christian, it also coincides with Jesus’s teaching that to whom much is given, much shall be required. It mirrors the Islamic belief that those who’ve been blessed have an obligation to use those blessings to help others, or the Jewish doctrine of moderation and consideration of others. It mirrors the Islamic belief that those who’ve been blessed have an obligation to use those blessings to help others, or the Jewish doctrine of moderation and consideration for others.”
How ironic. Liberals accuse us of trying to create a theocracy, when they’re the ones trying to attach biblical significance to big government! The Left engages God when it’s convenient, and draws a line between church and state when it isn’t. Unfortunately, that’s the reality of an a la carte belief system. God can easily conform to public opinion. And this isn’t the first time the White House has recruited Jesus to support its policies. Back in November, President Obama said God “wants to see us help ourselves by putting people back to work.” “Isn’t it a bit much to bring God into the jobs debate?” a reporter asked? Press Secretary Jay Carney fired back, “I believe that the phrase from the Bible is, ‘The Lord helps those who help themselves.'” Only that phrase wasn’t from the Bible. It’s usually attributed to Benjamin Franklin (and I doubt he’d support the legislation either!)
The problem here is not that the President references Scripture. The problem is that he’s interpreting it through a narrow ideological lens that isn’t aligned with the Truth. Sure, Jesus hung out with the tax collectors, but no serious student of the Bible would construe Luke 12:48 as a call for big government.
The Bible is clear that we should care for the less fortunate, but not once does it imply that it’s government’s job to do so.
When Jesus wanted to help the orphaned or widowed, he didn’t hire bureaucrats. He called on His followers, the Church. We can ask ourselves What Would Jesus Tax? But without taking Scripture wildly out of context, we may never know. What we do know is that the same God who supposedly “supports” Obama’s tax hikes is the One who condemns abortion, sexual immorality, and religious persecution.