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DEMOCRATIC PERSPECTIVE ON CHRISTIANITY

June 2, 2005

As conservatives have done for decades, with increasing regularity, leaders of the Democratic Party are seeking support for their public philosophy -- big-government -- in the Bible, says Roger Banks, a writer and attorney.

For example:

  • Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) persists in appealing to the New Testament's book of James, "Faith without works is dead."
  • In a similar fashion, Nancy Pelosi, the House minority leader, is wont to quote the Gospel of Matthew, where Jesus teaches that "[i]nasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me"; which Pelosi uses to justify raising more taxes for entitlement programs.
  • Even DNC Chairman Howard Dean, who kicked off Bush's second term with "I hate Republicans," recently accused Republicans of violating the biblical command to "love thy neighbor as thyself."

Democratic leaders, by citing Scripture in their condemnation of fiscal conservatives, have acknowledged the Bible as a relevant authority in matters of public policy. It is only fair to consider the liberal economic agenda in light of the same authority, says Banks.

The passages selected by liberals invariably relate to God's love for those in material need. Missing from their understanding, however, is any appreciation of God's primary emphasis on the spiritual needs of the giver, says Banks.

For example, paying taxes is not a gift. It is required under penalty of law. The payment of taxes confers on the payer none of the spiritual blessings that flow from charity. With respect to the billions of dollars conscripted to fund entitlement programs, the government actually precludes the possibility of the "more blessed[ness]" from charity promised by Jesus Christ, says Banks.

Roger Banks, "Democrats Hijack Christianity," Newsmax.com, May 30, 2005.

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