Democrats’ Favorite Biblical Passage: Matthew 25

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On Wednesday night at the DNC, Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren drew attention to a New Testament passage that has had increasing significance for the Democratic Party: the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 25. “ ‘In as much as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me,’ ” she said, quoting Jesus. “The passage teaches about God in each of us,” she continued, “that we are bound to each other, and we are called to act — not to sit, not to wait — but to act, all of us together.”

The Bible passage became popular among Democrats in 2008, when strategist Mara Vanderslice founded the Matthew 25 Network, a grassroots PAC designed to organize the Christian left for Obama. Since then, Democrats have used Jesus’ message of caring for the poor to connect with evangelicals on issues ranging from environmentalism to the economy.

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“Ms. Warren, like Democrats throughout the week, embodied the faith of the Democratic Party for the nation to see and hear,” explains Democratic consultant Burns Strider. “She showcased the compassion, authenticity and comfort of articulating the shared American values Democrats largely derive from a faith in God.”

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Warren’s speech also aligned with efforts of the Democratic National Committee’s faith-outreach team. At a convention panel earlier on Wednesday, speakers stressed that the Affordable Care Act exemplifies the President’s concern for the poor. “Elizabeth Warren’s terrific speech last night reaffirmed the vision she shares with President Obama that every American deserves the opportunity to reach our fullest God-given potential,” DNC deputy director of faith outreach Joshua Dickson says. “Her inclusion of Matthew 25: 40 was another reminder of the important role people of faith and faith traditions continue to play in the Democratic Party and reflects the core value that she and the President share.”

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abcdwxyz
abcdwxyz

So when we killed Bin Ladin - we were (in effect) killing Jesus? 

Jesus also said, "In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah: “‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving. (Mat 13:14)

Clueless. 

Guest
Guest

‘In as much as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me,’ 

Following that logic when the United States killed Bin Ladin - we were in-effect killing Jesus. 

Jesus also said (concerning the clueless) ... In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah: “‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding;  you will be ever seeing but never perceiving. (Mat 13:14)

NEPAleader
NEPAleader

Here's the problem: Jesus was speaking to his followers, not the Roman Government. These words were never intended by Jesus to be a formula for how the government should function, but a standard by which his people should live. Who really follows this principle? By and large - it is conservatives. Just look at the overall charitable giving patterns of Republicans versus Democrats and you get a very clear picture of who really believes the words of Jesus in Matthew 25

Supamonkey
Supamonkey

A good idea is a good idea, even if it comes from "gasp" the bible. More over it allows the dems to beat them at their own game.

I always felt the right wing's version of Christianity was incorrect,   no compassion, no love, no feelings for the poor, That is not Christ

toryshane
toryshane

There is no right wing political version of Christianity there are just differing views, just as a militant left wing athiest who has the aclu on speed dial does not represent all athiest.

ourdemascam
ourdemascam

 Surely you can frame a better question than asking which political party's "version of Christianity" is correct.

jmt13
jmt13

Interesting to watch the christians duke it out

Godzilla1960
Godzilla1960

As a bald man, my favorite passage is 2 King 2:23-25:

"From there Elisha went up to Bethel. As he was walking along the road, some boys came out of the town and jeered at him. “Get out of here, baldy!” they said. “Get out of here, baldy!” He turned around, looked at them and called down a curse on them in the name of the Lord. Then two she-bears came out of the woods and tore to pieces forty-two of the boys."

Damn straight!

Glen Fiddich
Glen Fiddich

My favorite is the biblical description of Romney:

"His throat is an open grave; he uses his tongue to deceive.” “The

venom of wasps is under his lips.”  Romans 3:13 

 

ourdemascam
ourdemascam

That (Paul is actually quoting the Psalms there  in Romans 13) is a description of all men.  The fuller quote begins: "'There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God.  All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one.'  'Their throats are open..."

crescentfang
crescentfang

My personal favorite is "Blessed are they that expect nothing, for they shall not be disappointed".   It seems more appropriate in an election year.

Andy
Andy

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joshwight
joshwight

The scripture means that when it is in OUR POWER  to do something good for anyone in need, to DO IT.  It is our responsibility to do so, not walk to the other side of the street and look the other way.   Each and every one of us will be accountable whether or not we agree.   The choices we make each day will trigger God's ultimate response. 

life5678
life5678

Actually they now have a NEW favorite passage Luke 22:34  “I tell you, Peter,” replied Jesus, “the rooster will not crow today until you have disowned all knowledge of me THREE times.” And boy did the rooster crow loudly at the DNC! I was amazed that they could be so inept...

life5678
life5678

Actually they now have a NEW favorite passage Luke 22:34 34 “I tell you, Peter,” replied Jesus, “the cock will not crow today until you have disowned all knowledge of me THREE times.” The cock crowded loudly at the DNC.

BigBillyBoBobLawyer
BigBillyBoBobLawyer

But doesn't the Bible also say "Thou shalt not take...moochers into thine...hut"?

BigBillyBoBobLawyer
BigBillyBoBobLawyer

But doesn't the Bible also say "thou shalt not take...moochers into thine...hut"?

jones66
jones66

These people need to get some people who know the Bible on board before they try to use it !!!  Schumer, Giffords, Deborah Shultzsteinberg, Emanual. have never even touched a Bible, much less understand it.  They need at least another 40 years in the desert, maybe with sombody who knows God this time !!!  Charlton Heston would be a good one for this task !!

Gary Wilson
Gary Wilson

god is pretend .... bible is ancient myth and folklore from Whacko-land.  

toryshane
toryshane

I wonder if you take such a stand on other "pretend" texts. Do you go out of your way to attack a school for reading folktales from the Brothers Grimm? What about Greek Myths would you file a lawsuit against the teaching of the story of Illiad? As a general rule when someone attacks the bible as a myth and fairy tale what they are really saying, what you are really saying  is that you have a  personal grudge against people who believe.

And since you would force your personal grudge onto other people how does that make  you any different than the hardcore evangelicals who you would claim force tehir belief on you?

jmt13
jmt13

I worry about your reading ability tory. My comment directly related to the statement you made about Brothers Grimm and Greek mythology. How soon you forget.

The bible was written by men hundreds of years after Jesus the person died. Then in  325 CE, men got together and decided what writings to include in the bilble and what christians should believe during the Nicene Conference.  Theses decisions were political; what foods should be eaten, what clothes to wear...all the things that the priests felt the ignorant, illiterate masses should do.

jmt13
jmt13

My point was that it is a work of men, not a divine being. I object to being subjected to the literal beliefs that many christians(not all) have regarding the bible. I have always called it a book of literature that has good lesson learning opportunities; however, I will not let it dictate the way I feel the government ought to be. I will not let my choice of a candidate be predicated upon his religion unless it contradicts freedom, liberty, and our right to pursue happiness.

toryshane
toryshane

Your comment cherry picked what I said and ignored the context. The bible is not fairy tale that is absolute fact. Nor was it the work of one group of men at one point in time. It represents a collection of writings over a large time frame that were themselves based on oral sources. The letters of Paul are all authentic, they may not ge true but they were written by Paul to a specific people. And the Nicene conference resulted in the first split in Christianity because of doctrinal differences. The texts that were exlcuded were only excluded from the official canon. Yes they were largely political but you ate mixing partial facts, incorrect assumptions and personal bias into your own historical narrative. You are not then a thinking athiest, you are anti christian athiest. How do I know this? Because youe argue the bible was written hundreds of years after Jesus which ignores the old testament and the apostolic letters which were wtitten generations before Christ and within the same generation of Christ. If you want to debate the factual accuracy then fine but it is a very old athiest trick to try and convince people that the bible was created to fit a specific need at a specific time. I I dont doubt thay you are smart but on this topic you bias is a source of ignorance.

jmt13
jmt13

Folks don't use Brothers Grimm to try and run the government and force others to abide by it.

toryshane
toryshane

You seem a bit hostile, popping up making snarky comments that dont really even make sense. But I am happy that the psych ward lets its inmates use the computer. Makes them feel as though they actualy contribute to the world. Unless of course you have something of substance to offer and that substance is not little blue happy pills.

conet
conet

No one tries to force the values of The Brothers Grimm or Greek Myths (any more) on other people. Any work of fiction that is used to control people will receive the same treatment.

toryshane
toryshane

 First of all, no one who has studied the bible either from a

theological standpoint or from a purely secular, bible as literature standpoint

considers it to be a work of fiction. Fiction implies a work that was deliberately

created as an imaginative work. The bible by contrast is a collection of wisdom

stories, genealogies, parables, historical accounts, and even prophecy. It is

part of a collection of world wisdom literature to which can also be included the

Tao Te Ching, The I-Ching, The Sutras, The Quran, the Torah, Even lesser known works

such as the Teaching of Black Elk. When someone refers to the bible a fiction

the real meaning is by way of insulting the believers.  To call it fiction disregards the countless

parts of the bible that are factual correct and have never been in dispute

including the lists of kings and pharos, ancient cities, cultural customs. To

call the Bible fiction is to say that Ashurbanipal, Nebudcudnezzer,  Darius, Ramses,  Pontius Pilate, Herod are characters out of a

work of Fiction when in reality they were very real persons attested in

numerous sources  the bible being one

such source.  A book whose very premise

is to list historical figures is not a work of fiction. What of events? The

census from the New Testament is well attested, the destruction of the Jewish

Temple is accepted historical fact, the diaspora did in fact happen so the

parts of the bible that deal with events has cannot be called fictional.  The bible as a whole has as much truth as

theology and as such is not and can never be just fiction.  We can debeate the accuracy of certain

accounts, of the timeline or the spiritual meaning of some accounts but this is

a different debate and does not question the validity of the Bible as a work of

wisdom literature and as a work of at least partial history.

By contrast a work of pure fiction, a fairy tale if you will

can best be defined by the example of Hans Christian Anderson who wrote most of

his stories himself with no eye towards historicity or factual accuracy. The

wisdom within each of his stories was not a collective peoples wisdom but his

own personal opinions conveyed as larger wisdom.

 

So what of control? I would not want anyone to force me or anyone

else to engage in any behavior or to subscribe to any ideal they do not share.  But you see coercion where there is none. You do not want freedom to be yourself, you want power to enforce your negative belief over other people. It is

not coercing to hold a prayer in public school if you allowed students to opt

out of the prayer to pray in their own way to their own god or to just be silent for a time. In fact, despite

the fact that America has a long Christian history other religions have no only

been openly admitted but embraced and given room to grow.  No other Christian oriented or Christian influenced

nation in history has been so open towards the existence of other religions

than America.  So no, as a general rule

Christians do not force anyone into anything. 

By contrast many atheists who represent a minority do force Christians

into accepting strictly secular public observances as the atheist sees it. Consider

this, in a city, any city in America you have Christian Churches, Jewish

Synagogues, Muslim Buddhists even New Age Wiccan temples all managing to exist

together in relative harmony.  In my own home town there is a church a block

away from a Synagogue and just down the road from a New Age retreat

facility.  The New Age shop carries the

Bible along with Magical incantation texts. 

Despite the fact that the town itself is predominately Christian, other

religions exist and thrive.  But schools

are barred from praying because a very small minority of the population of

America don’t want to live in a world where opposing views are expressed.  Christmas trees are still allowed but they

can no longer be called CHRISTmas trees and the Ten Commandments, despite

representing one of histories most revered legal traditions is not allowed a

place of even symbolic honor in a building where justice is said to be blind.

Today coercion in American comes from Atheists, from those who claim the

bible is nothing more than a work of fiction.Who are not content to believe what they believe but must validate their belief by forcing everyone else to live in a world strictly defined around the narrow parameters of the atheist ideal.