As usual~ during my customary “END OF THE YEAR REVIEW OF EVERYTHING” I ran across this article originally posted in November 2014 and STILL find it appropriate! And so~ I’m re-posting it!~ JGT
Maybe it’s just me, but I really hate it when politicians quote scripture as a justification for their actions and/or policies. The other night, POTUS Barack Obama did exactly that on national television in order to TRY to justify his obvious attempt of trampling on the United States Constitution & to test the limits of presidential power in our country. POTUS Obama (who, in my opinion, is his own worst enemy when it comes to transparency & telling the truth) had picked a quote from the Holy Bible which he included in his speech; but which one? No one seems to know which of the Christian Bible’s 31,173 verses that Obama was referring to? I think the quote Obama referred to may have been from Exodus 22:21; “We shall not oppress a stranger for we know the heart of a stranger — we were strangers once, too.” Was that it; I wonder? Regardless, as usual ~Obama read the words that scrolled down the presidential teleprompter just as stilted, unattached & as unaffected by his spoken words as usual & most likely without any thought~ never really made any kind of human or moral connection with what he was saying!
MY quote is also from the book of Exodus as read in the King James Bible~ Exodus 20:16 – “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.” To that end~ and as a Christian; I can only wish him, Good Luck on Judgment Day. HE is going to need it!
As a Jersey Girl, US Navy Veteran & Baby Boomer I also offer the following quote from 1979’s song “Goodbye Stranger” by the group, Supertramp. ~JGT
“Goodbye stranger it’s been nice~ Hope you find your paradise.
Tried to see your point of view~ Hope your dreams will all come true!”
My Bible Quote for Sunday, November 23, 2014 comes from the Holy Bible ~ Matthew 25:31–46
Jesus said to his disciples: “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit upon his glorious throne, and all the nations will be assembled before him. And he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will place the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.’
Then the righteous will answer him and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?’ And the king will say to them in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of the least brothers of mine, you did for me.’
Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you accursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, a stranger and you gave me no welcome, naked and you gave me no clothing, ill and in prison, and you did not care for me.’ Then they will answer and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or ill or in prison, and not minister to your needs?’ He will answer them, ‘Amen, I say to you, what you did not do for one of these least ones, you did not do for me.’ And these will go off to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”