Saturday, July 19, 2008

A Christian social democratic reading of the Bible by the Delaware County Political Reporter

You can read some interesting and valid discussions on the blog over at the Delaware County Political Reporter, but they occasionally miss the point.

The problem with these folks is that they have no ethical grounding. Consider their latest posts about Kris Jordan, county commissioner and candidate for state representative:

From DelawareCountyPoliticalReporter.blogspot.com (7-19-2008)

"Your penurius nature runs afowl of what the Christian Bible tells us to do:
A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.
Proverbs 11:24-26
You might want to work that in sometime."

Let me provide a little background.

Jordan does not believe that county tax dollars should be used to purchase fruit, refreshments and other amenities for the Delaware County Employee Health and Safety Fair. The DCPR feels that Jordan -- a Christian and government official -- must vote to give the tax money of county residents for the benefit of county employees.

In attempt to further their point, DCPR notes that some of these county folks will be fasting for 12 hours in order to get an accurate reading on their blood work.

Two issues:

1. Coveting others property -- DCPR feels that the Bible states that it is OK for folks to covet that which is not theirs; tax dollars in this instance.

2. Theft -- DCPR feels that the Bible states that some may rightfully thieve the property of others through the power of the government.

DCPR misses on both counts.

Jordan is absolutely correct, and he voted as a Christian. The county commissioners should not acquiesce to those who covet, and they should not steal bread from the plate of one in order to place it on the plate of another.

If the DCPR folks believe that a true service opportunity exists, they should provide the nourishment just as the Bible instructs. They should be the generous men and women who prosper -- "he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed."

Instead, DCPR views the world through coveting eyes and demands that others be forced to pay for their good deeds. Hmmm.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Shouldn't the point be not what the bible states, but what the US Constitution and current law states?

We surely don't want to base governmental decisions on biblical verses. Some of these verses are very much outdated and to put it candidly, a little bit insane. For example, we surely do not want this to become public policy:

"And the daughter of any priest, if she profane herself by playing the whore, she profaneth her father: she shall be burnt with fire." (Leviticus 21:9)

Jim Fedako said...

8:39 -

I disagree.

First: The Constitution is silent on this issue (it's local, you know). And, state law allows the expenditure.

Second: The issue revolves around Jordan and his stated belief in Christianity.

Third: Jesus removed those laws; you are using the standard red herring.

Finally: The point was that the Bible does not sanction envy and theft, though many believe it does.