This is old news… Barack Obama, in a speech in 2006, gave a speech in which he challenged using the Bible to guide public policy. I’d forgotten all about this, until I recently came across a video blasting Obama’s words.
I found myself nodding in response to the clips of this speech, until the announcer weighed in with his outrage. Check it out:
I think the points that Mr. Obama raised in this speech are dead-on… And I’m amused by the announcer getting so uptight over Obama “taking those passages of the Bible so painfully out of context.” I mean, come on… isn’t taking Biblical references painfully out of context par for the course? Isn’t that what many conservative Christians do on a regular basis?
And one other thing… The announcer added, “I can assure you, Senator, that Christ would never advocate turning the other cheek to terrorists and America’s enemies.”
Really? You can assure us of that, based on what? Was there a Homeland Security clause in Jesus’s teachings about turning the other cheek?
Luke 6:27-30 (New American Standard Bible)
27″But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,
28bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.
29″Whoever hits you on the cheek, offer him the other also; and whoever takes away your coat, do not withhold your shirt from him either.
30″Give to everyone who asks of you, and whoever takes away what is yours, do not demand it back.
Good thing we have people this the announcer on this video to tell us what Jesus really meant.