On multiple occasions, Barack Obama has scolded conservatives and Christians for not following the “biblical” injunction to be “our brother’s keeper” by supporting his big government programs. We will get to the part about big government programs in a moment, but, for the time being, we will note that while the phrase “our brother’s keeper” is in the Bible, it is not an injunction. There are many other verses which command us to help those in need, but this is not one of them. At the same time, if this is the standard Obama wishes to judge people by, then he himself must be called to account.
The following story is related by Dinesh D’souza:
A few days ago I received a call from a man I recently met named George. He was a bit flustered, and soon informed me that his young son was sick with a chest condition. He pleaded with me to send him $1,000 to cover the medical bills. Since George was at the hospital I asked him to let me speak to a nurse, and she confirmed that George’s son was indeed ill. So I agreed to send George the money through Western Union. He was profusely grateful. But before I hung up I asked George, “Why are you coming to me?” He said, “I have no one else to ask.” Then he said something that astounded me, “Dinesh, you are like a brother to me.”
Actually, George has a real life brother who just happens to be the president of the United States. (George Obama is the youngest of eight children sired by Barack Obama Sr.) George’s brother is a multimillionaire and the most powerful man in the world. Moreover, George’s brother has framed his re-election campaign around the “fair share” theme that we owe obligations to those who are less fortunate.
One of Obama’s favorite phrases comes right out of the Bible: “We are our brother’s keeper.” Yet he has not contributed a penny to help his own brother. And evidently George does not believe, even in times of emergency, that he can turn to his brother in the White House for help.
As always, the article should be read in full.
I have read the Bible through and through, including the bits in Chronicles that most people skip, more times than I could ever count. However, I have never found a single verse which says that it is the responsibility of the government to help those in need. Rather, in the Bible the imperative to help others is always to the individual, and to the church.
This is where liberals depart from the Bible and engage in more than a little bit of hypocrisy: They insist that the government do what they in fact refuse to do personally. Barack Obama wants to use guilt to motivate people to rally around his big government agenda, on the specious grounds that somehow the poor and the disadvantaged will be helped by employing massive numbers of government bureaucrats telling people what to do. However, even though he is a millionaire, he will not do a single thing to help his own extended family.
In America and around the world, excepting government and UN programs, the vast majority of charitable giving to the poor and disadvantaged comes through Christian aid organizations, churches, and Christians. They have done their part and will continue to do their part to help those in need. As for liberals, it is time for them to stop using the government to steal money from others to support their wacked out, nonsensical agendas, and put their own money where their mouth is. In the case of Obama, if he really wants to be his brother’s keeper, he can simply write out a check and put it in the mail.