T THE NATIONAL PRAYER BREAKFAST TODAY,
President Obama, according to this article on The Blaze, “heralded the Bible as a sustaining document with the power to teach important lessons.”
I am glad that
the president and I agree that “important lessons” are indeed to be learned from the Bible. In the service of this new-found accord with Mr. Obama, I thought I might share a couple passages that have some very important lessons in them. (I cite the King James Version throughout, since the loftiness of its language is well-suited to the high-mindedness of our president.)
Here, for example, is Leviticus 18:22:
Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.
Not restricting this “important lesson” merely to Leviticus, the Bible likewise tells us in Romans 1:26–27:
For this cause God gave them [i.e., the unrighteous; cf. v. 18] up unto vile affections: For even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
Here is 1 Samuel 8:4–18:
Then all the elders of Israel gathered themselves together, and came to Samuel unto Ramah, and said unto him, Behold, thou art old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways: now make us a king to judge us like all the nations. But the thing displeased Samuel, when they said, Give us a king to judge us. And Samuel prayed unto the Lord. And the Lord said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them. According to all the works which they have done since the day that I brought them up out of Egypt even unto this day, wherewith they have forsaken me, and served other gods, so do they also unto thee. Now therefore hearken unto their voice: howbeit yet protest solemnly unto them, and shew them the manner of the king that shall reign over them. And Samuel told all the words of the Lord unto the people that asked of him a king. And he said, This will be the manner of the king that shall reign over you: He will take your sons, and appoint them for himself, for his chariots, and to be his horsemen; and some shall run before his chariots. And he will appoint him captains over thousands, and captains over fifties; and will set them to ear his ground, and to reap his harvest, and to make his instruments of war, and instruments of his chariots. And he will take your daughters to be confectionaries, and to be cooks, and to be bakers. And he will take your fields, and your vineyards, and your oliveyards, even the best of them, and give them to his servants. And he will take the tenth of your seed, and of your vineyards, and give to his officers, and to his servants. And he will take your menservants, and your maidservants, and your goodliest young men, and your asses, and put them to his work. He will take the tenth of your sheep: and ye shall be his servants. And ye shall cry out in that day because of your king which ye shall have chosen you; and the Lord will not hear you in that day.
Important lessons indeed.
Still more, from Psalm 127:3–5:
Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.
Mr. Obama, tell that lesson to Sandra Fluke.
Finally, here’s a very important lesson indeed from 2 Thessalonians 3:6–12:
Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us. For yourselves know how ye ought to follow us: for we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you; neither did we eat any man’s bread for nought; but wrought with labour and travail night and day, that we might not be chargeable to any of you. Not because we have not power, but to make ourselves an ensample unto you to follow us. For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat. For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies. Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread.
Strong words; important lesson.
Again, I am very glad to know that
President Obama has acknowledged publicly that the Bible contains very important lessons for all of us to heed. I look forward to watching the progress of this administration as it strives to observe the lessons I’ve quoted above.
Update: One day after highlighting the “important lessons” contained in the Bible, President Obama
has told NARAL that he “celebrates” the “guiding principle” behind Roe v. Wade. It appears that the president has not yet begun to model his administration after the guiding principle inscribed, among other places, in Psalm 127–namely, that “the fruit of the womb” is a blessing from God. See the full story from Life Site News here.
As 40 Days for Life nears its opening this coming Wednesday, I would ask that Rosaries would be said for the conversion of mothers, doctors, and the President of the United States to the gospel of life. I would also ask that you pray for the intercession of St. Gianna Beretta Molla, a patron saint of the pro-life movement.