Why Jesus Would Not Vote For Obama

Disregarding the difficulties and ironies of Jesus voting for anybody, there is key information in the Bible which gives us a clear understanding of policies that God does not condone and by extension, would not vote for.

Besides the obvious ugly sin policy of legal abortion, the fiercely debated but no less wrong homosexual ‘marriage’ policies of various states, and the not-governments-responsibility of most social programs and pet projects, there are the social welfare policies. Policies which allow and even encourage people who will not work to continue in idleness. Policies which discourage people from earning their food and keep. Policies which encourage people to believe they are owed something merely for their existance.

Couched in the phraseology of “neighborliness” by Senator Barack Hussein Obama and “patriotism” by Senator Joseph Biden, those of us who make money are told we ought to pay more of our money to allow those ‘less fortunate’ to thrive.

How are they less fortunate?

My financial counselor asked me a key question on our first consultation: what was my greatest asset? It was my self, and now, my wife and I together. As long as we are and exist, our greatest asset is not one of our possessions or investments, but our potential.

True fortune is measured not by what we’ve achieved but by our potential. Every man’s potential is vast and unmeasured. By choosing a goal and doing all that is necessary to achieve that goal, man can change his fortune to wealth.

By choosing to live on the scraps of others, a man is squandering his fortune. By his own choice.

So what does Jesus have to do with this and why would He not support Obama?

Here are just three of the many Bible verses which speak regarding Social Welfare programs:

Don’t you remember the rule we had when we lived with you? “If you don’t work, you don’t eat.” And now we’re getting reports that a bunch of lazy good-for-nothings are taking advantage of you. This must not be tolerated. We command them to get to work immediately—no excuses, no arguments—and earn their own keep. Friends, don’t slack off in doing your duty.

2 Thessalonians 3:10-12 (The Message)

Is that not obvious? “If you don’t work, you don’t eat.” There is not much wiggle room there.

There are definitely cases where the rule ought to be applied with grace, such as the case of widows or the truly infirm. But even then, all work is not hard or demanding, and some things are capable of being done by anybody, almost regardless their condition.

Besides the obvious and immediate benefits of food, work and accomplishment encourage a healthy self-image as well as a correct view of the worth and value.

Appetite is an incentive to work; hunger makes you work all the harder.

Proverbs 16:26 (The Message)

Again, the need for food drives the will to work.

Don’t be misled: No one makes a fool of God. What a person plants, he will harvest. The person who plants selfishness, ignoring the needs of others—ignoring God!—harvests a crop of weeds. All he’ll have to show for his life is weeds! But the one who plants in response to God, letting God’s Spirit do the growth work in him, harvests a crop of real life, eternal life.

Galatians 6:7-8

God apparently takes this personally. To not work is to reap slothfulness. To succeed while not exerting yourself in good pursuits is something God does not smile upon.

All this to say, to those who couch their support for Obama in terms of his being most attuned to “WWJD” it would be well worth your while to check again your assumtions regarding what He would really do.

I work that I may support the necessary functions of government and then to support myself, my family, and those to whom I choose to give. Does a man who has trouble giving the smallest percentage of his own extensive wealth to charity have the right or deserve the ability to determine where I ought to spend mine?

I make no claim that Jesus would vote for McCain, but I know He has some deep questions to ask of Obama.

4 thoughts on “Why Jesus Would Not Vote For Obama”

  1. It would be much easier for people to find work if corporate CEO's didn't collect 80% of a companies profits while the workforce is stuck with pennies while giving up 60 hours a week, 50 weeks per year. Also, I love how you yet again pull little quotes out of large verses to try and prove a point that is actually extremely contradicting of the overall message of the bible. If you take the bible as a whole, it is in fact a Socialist political constitution using made up history to bring poor people to a position of power. It was used quite effectively to combat their place in Roman society. I'm sorry Matt, but the fictional character Jesus was a socialist. Your problem is not that you take the bible as the gospel, but that you take Rush Limbaugh as the second coming.

  2. Yet Jesus tells people to give up their wealth to the needy and poor before they can find salvation. Yet another contradiction in the bible.

    1. Here the man of science and fact either takes something he's heard or something he's read and, either way, takes it out of context in order to make it fit his preconceived notions of how the world ought to work. Very scientific.

      The consistent message of Christ was that people had to give up what it was that was that would take precedence over himself in their lives. Christ demands that he be the preeminent passion in the lives of his followers, and in the case of the rich young ruler, it was wealth that was in his way. It was not a contradiction in any sense of the word.
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