Posted on November 24, 2014 at Louder With Crowder by Krystal Heath
It always amuses me how a culture that removes the Bible and prayer from school and panics at the sight of a nativity scene manages to work Scripture into its fabric when, and only when, it’s convenient to its own narrative. For someone who declared, “Whatever we once were, we are no longer a Christian nation,” the President himself is quite good at this particular feat.
His latest example of using bits of the Bible for his own purposes came during his totally unconstitutional declaration of amnesty for five million illegals.
Democrats from near to far have rallied behind the President’s supposedly Scriptural support for their cause. “Yes! See, you right wing Christian nut-jobs? God wanted us to have executive action amnesty. The Bible says so!” (This, by the way, from the same people who boo’d God at their convention. But I digress...)
So does the Bible actually support the President’s unlawful action? Well, quite frankly, since the President (or better still, his speech writer), didn’t provide us with a reference for what Scripture he was quoting, we’ll have to make some presumptions, as the phrase “you were strangers, too” is found in numerous locations in the Old Testament. The President may have been referencing either Exodus 22:21 or 23:9. Maybe it was Deuteronomy 10:19 or Leviticus 19:34. We don’t really know.
Before I go any further, let me just say, the PRESIDENT made this comparison, okay? I didn’t come up with this myself. All I’m doing is clarifying what he said with some context. Because, you know, if there’s one thing all Biblical scholars agree on (and those topics are few), it’s that the context of any given passage is crucial to it’s interpretation and subsequent application in our lives. (For example, when you read, “Come, walk to me on the water,” Jesus was talking to Peter. Not you personally. You will sink.)
That said, let’s look at just a bit of the context from the four passages the President was possibly quoting…