I love the Diane Rehm Show on NPR. Every Friday, she does a “news roundup” with a panel of journalists; the first hour is about the week’s domestic news, and the second hour is about the week’s international news. Always an informative show.
In the domestic hour of her Feb 3rd show, a caller made a comment that really irritated me around the 43:30 mark. He talked about President Obama’s speech at the Prayer Breakfast where Obama said that providing health care for the poor and needy was something that fit within Christian values (“helping the least of these,” etc). The caller said that in conservative Christian realms, Obama’s claims couldn’t be further from the truth. He said, “morality doesn’t come by forcing people either by government force or physical force; it comes by voluntary action.”
That comment floored me. So when it comes to caring for the needy, conservative Christians don’t want to pay extra tax dollars because you can’t “force” people to do the right thing — Jesus wouldn’t approve of that because it’s not true morality. However, when it comes to gay marriage, prayer in school, gambling, or even something like the National Day of Prayer, that’s not “forcing morality”? The hypocrisy is so thick, I can’t believe he was able to make it all the way through his comment.
For a group that seems so concerned with morality, I just don’t understand why they’re aligned with the party of big business and every man for himself. Maybe they’ve never read Matthew 6:24, where Jesus says, “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon [riches].” Makes you wonder which one is their real focus…