Television show Host Glenn Beck showed the following video on his program today. We posted it for those who would like to see it in it’s entirety.
Our Headline: How is this Mocking the Bible when he quoted provisions from the Bible? President Obama stated that he attended a Christian Church for nearly 20 years. Anyone with a basic grasp of Christian theology knows that the Law in the Old Testament was superseded by Jesus in the New Testament. No longer were there provisions for stoning ones child as Love and forgiveness superseded vengeance and judgment.
His use of the Sermon on the Mount simply was taken out of it’s context. Blessed are the peacemakers does not mean that one should abolish the ability for self defense, in this case, The Pentagon. (The Editor)
The full quote for context:
“And even if we did have only Christians in our midst, if we expelled every non-Christian from the United States of America, whose Christianity would we teach in the schools? Would we go with James Dobson’s, or Al Sharpton’s? 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.”
Obama’s point is pretty clear when we don’t edit the video to take out the clarifying bits:
People interpret the Bible in many different ways. For us to insist upon a particular interpretation as the only valid one ignores the fact that many other passages, if taken literally, would suggest things we don’t believe (the shellfish examples, strict punishment in the Law of Moses, among others).
And to call the Sermon on the Mount “radical” takes not the Bible to task, but ourselves. The real “mockery” is not to live one’s religion. It’s fair to attack Obama on that ground, but every time we fail to “turn the other cheek”, even on a national scale, we’d better have a good explanation.