Christians comparing Obama to Hitler: Are you serious???

By:  ellis j. still

 

“Give and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full–pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.” Luke 6:38  

 

My blog is not meant to be a political blog, yet there is an area of dialogue that stands out with me that I felt should be addressed to the best of my ability. During the 2010 Fourth of July holiday weekend I was received a Twitter text from the CEO of a Christian publishing company whose blogs I subscribe to. Many of his posts are uplifting and pertinent to the many facets of business and leadership, but a forward that he sent literally stopped me in my tracks, and infuriated me. It was titled “Socialism or Constitutionalism?” (See link: http://michaelcook.wordpress.com/2010/07/05/socialism-or-constitutionalism/ ). This is an area of discussion that people have strong opinions about. It is not my intention to cause offense, but to offer a different perspective of the subject matter at hand.

As Christians, the Bible teaches us that giving is better than receiving, and that in helping others, we are being a servant… we are being more like Jesus. But this is the very thing that people (surprisingly “Christians”) seem to have a problem with when it comes to the Obama administration… that it’s ok to help the poor, but as long as it isn’t coming out of “my” pocket. Likewise, the numbers in the articles are baseless in that every country has its own set of political and social dynamics that meet their tax structure, and therefore the United States’ tax structure would meet theirs.  

The author associates socialism with slavery, and thought out loud in his post:

“What if, citizens managed their own affairs, their own income, and through the prudence and common sense of average people, we used our personal freedoms to provide for the necessities of life.”?

The problem is that we live in the real world and not all things are on an equal playing field. For example, while anywhere from 13 to 15 percent of Americans are below the poverty line (depending on which poverty guideline chart is being used) that number increases to over 20 percent in Hispanic and African American communities. Many times it seems that the people that are criticizing have never had to deal with not being able to get a job because of their education, or their environment, or their race or socio economic status. Moreover, it seems like the people that are criticizing take the “hope” that they have for granted. I am not saying that people should not help themselves… people should take advantage of the opportunities as they are presented to them, but the reality is that government assistance is often the help needed to improve their socio-economic status so that they can take advantage of opportunities given to them. 

My wife and I, look financially sound on paper , but while we are not below the poverty level, with mortgage, car note, insurance, cable, phone, utilities, commuting cost and, oh yeah, food, we do not consider ourselves to be financially well off and yet, we have family and friends who are much worse off.  Individually, we would love to help everyone, but looking at our own financial situation, there’s no we would be able to help everyone, but collectively, we could make a difference.  Cal Ripken, Garth Brooks, Bill Gates and Oprah Winfrey are well known for their charitable giving.  Jesus Christ gave the greatest gift of all to people less fortunate than Himself, his life.  The Bible speaks many times over about showing compassion to our fellow man, so if I feel that it’s ok to give to some who is less fortunate that I am then I would say that I’m in good company.  

President Lincoln, a socialist, was the founding father of the Republican Party who freed the slaves which was a great thing for not only the slaves, but for the country as a whole. People talk about wanting the era of big government to be over, but Government should be an instrument of good… a place where people come together, and no one gets left behind.

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

-United States Constitution, Preamble

The phrase “We the People” indicates that the government of the United States “is, emphatically and truly, a government of the people,”… all people.

No one gets left behind.

 

Questions: What did Jesus say about loving your neighbor? How are you living this out in your life? How has your heart softened towards those who are less fortunate than you?

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