“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” – John Adams
I recently felt compelled to find references in the Bible on the topic of politics. Some argue that politics and religion do not mix well. Others believe otherwise.
I was driven to understand what is happening because there have been only two Presidents of these United States who are Catholic. The first was President John Fitzgerald Kennedy (JFK) and the second is Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. (JRB, Jr.).
One resource I found enlightening was the website OpenBible.info, which gave me 100 references using the search word “politics.”
Here are a few where God and His Son talk about politics:
- Psalm 33:12 ESV, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people whom he has chosen as his heritage!”
- Matthew 6:24 ESV, “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”
- Proverbs 29:12 ESV, “If a ruler listens to falsehood, all his officials will be wicked.”
- Psalm 94:20-21 ESV, “Can wicked rulers be allied with you, those who frame injustice by statute? They band together against the life of the righteous and condemn the innocent to death.”
- Revelation 17:14 ESV, “They will make war on the Lamb, and the Lamb will conquer them, for he is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those with him are called and chosen and faithful.”
Today we have only the second president who is Catholic. The question that needs an answer: Is JRB, Jr. following the Bible or not?
There’s a difference between words and actions. How one acts tells us a lot about what that person really believes.
Is JRB, Jr. driven by his Catholic faith or his party’s politics?
I wanted to understand how two Presidents belonging to the same faith compared to one another and to the teachings of the Bible, that both have embraced. I looked at the inaugural addresses of both JFK and JRB, Jr. to understand what each wanted to accomplish during their administration. JFK’s address was titled “New Frontier.” JRB, Jr.‘s was titled “This is America’s Day.”
JFK in his inaugural address said,
We observe today not a victory of party but a celebration of freedom–symbolizing an end as well as a beginning–signifying renewal as well as change. For I have sworn before you and Almighty God the same solemn oath our forbears prescribed nearly a century and three-quarters ago.
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Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.
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In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I do not shrink from this responsibility–I welcome it. I do not believe that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this endeavor will light our country and all who serve it–and the glow from that fire can truly light the world.
And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you–ask what you can do for your country.
During his inauguration address JRB, Jr. mentioned God four times and quoted St. Augustine saying, “Many centuries ago, St. Augustine, a saint of my church, wrote that a people was a multitude defined by the common objects of their love.”
The actual quote by St. Augustine is, “A people is the association of a multitude of rational beings united by a common agreement on the objects of their love.” The object of their love to St. Augustine was a love of God and His Son Jesus.
Today, under JRB, Jr., we are seeing these common agreements being trampled upon. Rationality is scarce, as is the rationality of the policies of JRB, Jr.
We are now approaching January 20th, 2022 the one year mark of JRB, Jr’s inauguration. Has JRB, Jr. kept his promise of, “Unity. Unity. Bringing America together. Uniting our people. And uniting our nation.”
Or are we seeing disunity and a growing divisiveness both politically and religiously based upon JRB, Jr.’s “winter of peril.”
Americans have always had a common agreement that the United States was formed by the grace of God, who created us all equal and it was He who endowed us with certain “inalienable rights” among which are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Are we seeing life taken away (e.g. abortion, Covid virus, Covid vaccines), liberties trampled upon (imprisonment and torture of those who attended the January 6, 2021 rally in D.C.) and multitudes who are unhappy being locked up, dismayed by being required to show vaccine passports to participate in social events or losing their livelihoods due to government lockdowns and get jabbed or lose your job mandates.
The Bottom Line
If Jesus were to visit Washington, D.C. today what would he see?
JRB, Jr. asked in his inaugural address, “What are the common objects we love that define us as Americans?”
He answered with these words “Opportunity. Security. Liberty. Dignity. Respect. Honor. And, yes, the truth.”
Are we the people seeing any of these “common objects we love” in this time?
Sadly, Jesus would see legislation that funds the murder of the unborn, deficit spending that is forbidden in the Bible, God His Father driven out of the public square and more importantly out of government run public schools. Jesus would see a city with one of the highest murder rates in the country. America and Americans less secure. The lack of truth from our government, news and social media. But most importantly a lack of respect and honor for our Constitutional Republican form of government.
QUESTION: What would Jesus do if he went to Washington, D.C. today?
He would see JRB, Jr.’s, “Anger, resentment, hatred. Extremism, lawlessness, violence. Disease, joblessness, hopelessness.”
What would God and His Son do to stop what is happening in Washington, D.C.? Bring down 40 days and nights of rain to flood the city’s streets? Rain fire and brimstone upon the nation’s capital for turning away from God?
We will have to wait and see if JRB, Jr. continues on his present path or not. If JRB, Jr. continues on his current path only an act of God can stop him.
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