Tea Party Twists Scripture To Their View

My favorite columnist, Kevin Horrigan of the St.Louis Post-Dispatch,  hit the nail on the head again. The column this week concerns how the Tea Partiers are bastardizing the scripture that they claim to follow.

The entire column can be read HERE.

Becky Benson, 56, traveled [to the Glenn Beck rally] from Orlando, Florida, because, she said, “we believe in Jesus Christ,” and Jesus, she said, would not have agreed with the economic stimulus package, bank bailouts and welfare. “You cannot sit and expect someone to hand out to you,” she said. “You don’t spend your way out of debt.”
— The New York Times, Aug. 28
And when it was evening, His disciples came to him, saying, “This is a desert place and the time is now past. Send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages and buy themselves victuals.” But Jesus said unto them, “They need not depart. Give ye them to eat.” And they said unto him, “We have here but five loaves and two fishes.” And he said, “Bring them hither to me.” And lo, he himself ate up both the fish and three of the five loaves, having worked up a powerful hunger. And for the remaining two loaves, he ordered them auctioned on eBay, saying unto his disciples, “You cannot sit and expect someone to hand out to you. Hunger can be a positive motivator.” And there was a certain royal official whose son lay sick at Capernaum. When this man heard that Jesus had arrived in Galilee from Judea, he went to him and begged him to come and heal his son, who was close to death. “Unless you people see miraculous signs and wonders,” Jesus told him, “you will never believe.” The royal official said, “Sir, come down before my child dies.” Jesus replied, “You make a good buck as a royal official. Have you not health insurance?” And the man replied, “Lord, I could not afford the co-pays and deductibles.” Jesus replied, “The insurance companies have a right to a fair return. Take thy son to the emergency room.”  Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth. Then Jesus said to his disciples, “I tell you the truth, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished. Jesus laughed. “I’m just messing with you.”

Continue reading HERE.

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