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I couldn’t believe my eyes and ears.
Here was the very liberal senator from New York, wife of the former president, part of the team that favored partial-birth abortion – in fact, abortion as a “woman’s choice” under virtually any circumstance. Weren’t she and Bill pretty consistent supporters of same-sex “marriage” and multiple homosexual “rights,” and champions of the much perverted and misapplied “separation of church and state” slogan? Was this the same person now using the Bible and well known Bible parables and names in vigorous statements advocating governmental policy?
In remarks as the cameras rolled at a hastily arranged Manhattan press conference, wide-eyed and earnest as any preacher, Hillary Clinton said that the House-passed immigration legislation “would literally criminalize the Good Samaritan and probably even Jesus Himself”! It reminded me of Aimee Semple McPherson, the charismatic woman evangelist of the early 1900s, whose extravagant, flamboyant sermons galvanized much of Christian thought and even influenced political directions in her time.
Perhaps even more, I was astounded to hear her sounding like many of our Founding Fathers in their famous appeals to scriptural examples and principles, because I was under the impression that she and her husband had totally bought into the lame idea that people in government should leave their religion at home, and that any depiction of faith, especially Christian faith, should never even be mentioned in public. After all, this is a woman thought to have presidential aspirations herself, and as a prominent front-runner for the Democrat nomination, you’d think she would sound more like Ted Kennedy or Barney Frank than Jerry Falwell.
But no! Sister Hillary, deaconess of the New York Diocese of the Church of the Left Behind, was fearlessly opposing the current president and Congress, using the Bible as her authority! I nearly fell out of my pew! Surely, the only man in America more astounded than I was Pat Robertson – founder of the Christian Broadcasting Network and host of his own 700 Club – who is pilloried in the media every time he expresses a personal opinion about politics or policy, and dares to quote a scripture in support of it. “Crazed religious fanatic!” “Right-wing whacko!” “Small-minded political hack, trying to force his ideology on American government.” These and other less complimentary phrases are flung at him from every angle by media, talk-show hosts, comedians and, of course, various liberal politicians. He’s practically seen as a political and social leper, primarily because he refers to scriptures and his understanding of them, on his own bought and paid for TV show. How dare he!
And suddenly, right out of nowhere, part of the team that pardoned convicted stock manipulator Marc Rich – as Bill Clinton’s last act before leaving the White House – was staunchly advocating pardoning 14 million illegal aliens who have violated American law and are sapping taxpayers to the tune of billions of dollars each year, year after year. And what was she using to drive her argument home? Scripture! Reference to Jesus of Nazareth! It was a scene worthy of the “Twilight Zone”!
Of course, “using” is the operative word here.
The references were totally inappropriate and non-related to her position. I’m afraid they betrayed a woeful lack of familiarity and understanding of the scripture she tried to apply. Jesus’ parable about the Good Samaritan portrays a compassionate member of the lowest social class (roughly analogous to a Mexican alien) coming to the aid of a wounded Jewish businessman, while the religious leaders of that day ignored him.
Nowhere in scripture that I know of (and I read the Bible cover to cover every year) does Jesus authorize breaking civic law. In fact, He famously advised: “Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and unto God the things that are God’s.” And that pronouncement is especially significant when you realize the Roman government was harsh, dictatorial and completely unfeeling toward the people it oppressed. He made a clear distinction between secular and religious obligation, when he said, “My kingdom is not of this world.”
Only Sister Hillary herself could explain what she meant when she said that Congress’ desire to see our immigration laws strengthened would probably “criminalize even Jesus himself.” Does she somehow think Jesus deliberately defied laws on the books and expected us to do the same? Or perhaps that His constant compassion for the afflicted, the hungry, the possessed, oppressed and sin-bound people all around Him made Him a first-century Che Guevara? That for our secular society to demand that our majority-mandated laws be obeyed by all who would live here is somehow inhumane, un-Christian and dishonoring of the One who voluntarily gave Himself to be crucified at the hands of the Roman government?
Evidently, the seminary she attended skipped over the book of Romans, particularly its 13th chapter, in which the Apostle Paul proclaims:
Everyone must submit to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except from god, and those that exist are instituted by god. So then – the one who resists the authority is opposing God’s command, and those who oppose it will bring judgment on themselves.
When she gets to that part of the New Testament, Sister Hillary will be discomfited to discover that enforcement legislation properly criminalizes the lawbreaker, not Jesus. And that Paul goes even further in Romans 13, saying by inspiration of God:
For government is God’s servant, an avenger that brings wrath on the one who does wrong. Therefore, you must submit, not only because of wrath, but also because of your conscience.
All of this demonstrates a deep and pervasive misunderstanding of Jesus, His purpose and pronouncements. As I said one night on Bill Maher’s “Politically Incorrect” show, when he questioned Christian support of the death penalty:
Bill, Jesus didn’t speak to governments; He spoke totally to individuals. When He advised us to turn the other cheek, return good for evil, pray for our enemies, He was talking to us individually. You can’t expect any government in the world to operate that way, or any society to protect itself without strict laws that are meant to be obeyed on penalty of serious punishment.
Jesus himself said in the Sermon on the Mount, “Don’t assume that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. Until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or one stroke of a letter will pass from the law until all things are accomplished. Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches people to do so will be called least in the kingdom of heaven.” Yes, I know he was referring to Mosaic Law, but law is law.” .
Law is the structure of earthly society. Within the structure of law, we individuals are commanded to extend compassion and aid to our needy brothers, and Jesus set the supreme example. Americans are the most generous and caring people in all of history. We’ve extended an open invitation to any and all to come and share, but with the expectation that the immigrants will learn how our society works, and obey our laws.
Through corporate greed and governmental carelessness, we’ve allowed a situation to develop in our borders that threatens our very existence. And if America can’t protect itself and enforce its own laws, what kind of society will we wind up with? Why do we think millions are fleeing Mexico and illegally crossing our borders into our country? It’s surely to escape a society like the one we might become, if Sister Hillary and her parishioners have their way.
Please, Sister, turn the page: “If the foundations be destroyed, what will the righteous do?” – Psalms 11:3