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Profiting from The Prophets

Profile photo of Rick Raven 24 By raven
September 8th, 2012

It is annoying beyond words when Politicians try to invoke the Bible as a means to shame taxpayers into paying higher taxes for social programs.

Especially pseudo-Catholic Democrats, like Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, and John Kerry, who love to invoke Jesus’ name as an excuse to raise taxes… when they aren’t busy aborting babies; advancing anti-Christian values on birth control, marriage, and families; attacking Christian institutions; condemning Chick-fil-A; or giving Smithsonian and NEA grants to “artists” whose work consists of a Jesus nailed to the cross in a bucket of urine, engaging in sadomasochistic sex acts, covered with ants, or smeared with feces.

In case Democrats didn’t notice, Jesus wasn’t a big fan of big government, nor was he particularly well-served by it.

  • At the time of Jesus birth, Herod – in order to collect more tax revenue – ordered everyone to return to their hometown for an impromptu census.  Jesus was born while Joseph and Mary were making the 180+-mile round trip on foot.  So – thanks to government greed – Jesus wasn’t born in the comfort of his home: He was born in a run-down animal stable.  (Luke 2:1-7)
  • Once, when Jesus had to pay taxes, he instructed Peter to cast a line into a lake, catch a fish, and open the fish’s mouth; inside was a four-drachma coin that covered the two- drachma tax for both Peter and Himself.  (Matthew 17:27)
  • Jesus placed the edicts of the state far below the Word of God… telling us to “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” (Mark 12 13-17 )
  • Despite finding Jesus innocent of any crimes, two government officials – Pontius Pilate, and Herod Antipas –  permitted Him to be handed over to be scourged and crucified. (John 19)

If I hear another member of the Democratic Party, say, “Jesus said we give everything we have to the poor… so hand ‘Your Fair Share’ over to the IRS,” I’m going to scream.

Specifically, I am going to scream passages from the Bible.  Here’s what the Bible says about people who don’t make an effort to take care of themselves through honest labor:

  • Proverbs 20:4
    The sluggard does not plow in the autumn; he will seek at harvest and have nothing.
  • 2 Thessalonians 3:10
    For even when we were with you, we would give you this command:
    If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat.
  • Proverbs 24:30-34
    I passed by the field of a sluggard, by the vineyard of a man lacking sense, and behold, it was all overgrown with thorns; the ground was covered with nettles, and its stone wall was broken down. Then I saw and considered it; I looked and received instruction. A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man.
  • Proverbs 21:25
    The desire of the sluggard kills him, for his hands refuse to labor.
  • Proverbs 19:24
    The sluggard buries his hand in the dish and will not even bring it back to his mouth.
  • Proverbs 18:9
    Whoever is slack in his work is a brother to him who destroys.
  • Proverbs 6:6
    Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise.
  • Ephesians 4:28
    Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.
  • Proverbs 26:13-16
    The sluggard says, “There is a lion in the road! There is a lion in the streets!” As a door turns on its hinges, so does a sluggard on his bed. The sluggard buries his hand in the dish; it wears him out to bring it back to his mouth. The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven men who can answer sensibly.
  • Proverbs 13:4
    The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.
  • Proverbs 12:24
    The hand of the diligent will rule, while the slothful will be put to forced labor.
  • Proverbs 20:13
    Love not sleep, lest you come to poverty; open your eyes, and you will have plenty of bread.
  • Proverbs 19:15
    Slothfulness casts into a deep sleep, and an idle person will suffer hunger.
  • Proverbs 15:19
    The way of a sluggard is like a hedge of thorns, but the path of the upright is a level highway.
  • Proverbs 13:11
    Wealth gained hastily will dwindle, but whoever gathers little by little will increase it.
  • 2 Thessalonians 3:11-12
    For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies. Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living.
  • Proverbs 12:11
    Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits lacks sense.
  • Proverbs 10:26
    Like vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard to those who send him.
  • Proverbs 10:5
    He who gathers in summer is a prudent son, but he who sleeps in harvest is a son who brings shame.
  • Proverbs 10:4
    A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich.

 

4 Comments to “Profiting from The Prophets”

  • Profile photo of Jim Pease Jim Pease says:

    Pontius Pilate, and Herod Antipas..represent Big Government?…if only a bungee cord could be stretched that far. I hope your rant make you fell good, as a coherent statement you fail on many points, anti tax rhetoric but you are as guilty as anyone of invoking selective religiosity. Rending unto Caesar would be money of course since it is minted by government,Rending unto God would be non money related as god runs no mint

  • Profile photo of Jim Pease Jim Pease says:

    You skipped right over “Judge Not Lest Ye be judged”
    and “he who has not sinned cast the first stone”
    Too busy Judging and casting stones?
    I don’t trust anyone invoking God to sell politics. not them not you!
    “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father”
    Faith is a private matter mine is in my heart, and I’m don’t judge others as long as they keep it to themselves.

    true faith is strong and silent like a rock

    • Profile photo of Roarke S. Roarke S. says:

      The irony here, JP, is you are committing the exact same crime of selective reading that you are accusing Raven of. Taken as a whole, and read through the lens of historical exegesis, the Biblical texts offer a very complete and Un-Liberal picture of Jesus, God, humanity, and how they all relate. Context is everything.

      Also, the idea of the Christian worldview being a private matter best kept in one’s own head is ludicrous, illogical, and very contrary to Biblical teaching. Christianity is a worldview, meaning it is an interpretive framework through which to view ALL of reality. To relegate Christianity to Sunday mornings and personal reflection is doing it a great disservice and poses a danger to the protection of Christians from secular persecution. The Bible backs up this idea that the Christian faith is meant to be very public and outward, rather than private and inward – Acts 5:28-30, Mark 16:15, Matt. 28: 19-20, etc. – The Bible also covers many non-theological topics such as economics, the role of the state(A blog on this coming soon), and ethics to name a few.

  • Profile photo of Roarke S. Roarke S. says:

    Well said, Raven! I’m not sure I agree completely with your interpretation of all the verses, but the main gist of your argument is solid. The Jesus religious liberals cling to is very contrary to the Jesus depicted in scriptures. Liberal Christianity is a softened, more secular version of Christianity which caters to the presuppositions of Liberalsim rather than to the meaning of the texts itself.

    I hope to see more posts like this is the future.