Don’t you just love it when people who have absolutely no known commitment to Christ and a ridiculously low familiarity with the content of the Bible start pontificating on what the Bible does and does not say, and what Jesus would and would not be in favor of in our day?
I’ve been irritated more than once by media figures (such as Bill O’Reilly, whom I typically enjoy watching) who say with no small amount of self-confidence that, for example, that Jesus would absolutely be opposed to the death penalty. Really? He would? The same man who alerted Pilate to the fact that his authority to execute Him was God-given, and then proceeded to submitted Himself to it?
Well, controversial filmmaker Michael Moore has displayed his ignorance (yet again) by appealing to the words of Jesus to justify state-regulated universal health care. What’s Moore’s proof for this? Jesus said that if you care for the poor, you are actually caring for Him.
Amazingly enough, no less than the renowned Biblical scholar Star Parker herself (of ABC’s The View) has given a stunningly accurate answer: Jesus never intended such action to be forced on people by the state. Such acts were to be voluntary and from a freely given heart of compassion.
I agree, they are not to be forced by the state through the confiscating of its citizen’s money and distributing it to others.
J.P. Moreland (who makes several good points about the issue) writes: “this is not the sort of compassion of which Jesus taught. Star Parker was right: To count as pleasing to God, an act of caring from [sic] the poor must be voluntary not coerced.”
What an anomaly of the universe: an accurate representation of Christ and Scripture on the air! Who would have thought it could happen?
He then adds, “Jesus was angered at moral teaching that emphasized outward conformity to rules without moral action flowing from a heart of compassion and virtue, even if such conformity produced good results.”
Scripture is a powerful and dangerous book. It’s sad and fearful that it gets used with such cavalier and pompous attempts to support people’s own agendas, political or personal. We need to be mighty careful with such important teachings as these. They are Almighty God’s own words, spoken in sovereign authority. We should revere them too much to misuse them.