Is Barack Obama Really His Brother’s Keeper?

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.

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10 Responses to Is Barack Obama Really His Brother’s Keeper?

  1. onetenthblog says:

    I think the selection of Paul Ryan as Romney’s running mate is quite exciting. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with Christians serving in politics, ditto politicians serving the public while remaining devoted to their faiths. As you yourself said: Christians are called to be servants of their faiths, politicians included.

    I think much can be accomplished when more folks in America ditch the narrative that the country can’t lead the world as a Christian community. Christianity was part of that flowering of liberty in America, I see no reason why Christian Americans should all of a sudden think-twice of their religion’s role in promoting liberty even to themselves and their neighbors.

    “The vast majority of charitable giving to the poor and disadvantaged comes through Christian aid organizations, churches, and Christians”

    One thing though that I should point out, the President Mr Obama was quite enthusiastic in advancing the Millennium Challenge Corporation (a program championed by his conservative predecessor).

    I think it’s a cause worth promoting, and the President carrying on with this important legacy of Mr Bush is doing the world a great service. MCC is the way forward when it comes to aid to developing countries, ensuring greater transparency and corruption less culture in aid development.

    Please read my take on Mr Ryan’s selection http://onetenthblog.wordpress.com/2012/08/17/things-that-are-caesars/

    Thanks for the post and grats with your blog!

  2. rightbill says:

    Reblogged this on The Catholic Me… and commented:
    This is a good example of the difference between what the Bible teaches as “looking after the needy” and what liberals think it should be. When you rely on others to do your “looking after” for you, you you give nothing of yourself in the process – you only pay others to do what you should be doing on your own. And it only means something if you are not forced into it. God doesn’t force us to love Him – He allows us to come to that ourselves. Otherwise it wouldn’t count.

  3. rightbill says:

    Reblogged this on Rightlinks Blog – Greece: Setting the standard for Democrats everywhere and commented:
    This is a good example of the difference between what the Bible teaches as “looking after the needy” and what liberals think it should be. When you rely on others to do your “looking after” for you, you you give nothing of yourself in the process – you only pay others to do what you should be doing on your own. And it only means something if you are not forced into it. God doesn’t force us to love Him – He allows us to come to that ourselves. Otherwise it wouldn’t count.

  4. Unfortunately, as an INDEPENDENT, I have to disagree with your take in this posting and though I don’t support all of Obama’s politics, by any means, I do support his attempt to lay out a safety net to protect to extreme poor, unemployed who really cannot find work, elderly, disabled, and sick who have no health insurance.

    I also disagree that it is Christian to ignore these scope of the trouble these people are in. Right now, we have families being cast into the street due to being foreclosed upon. These people cannot find jobs and are forced to turn to medicaid, food banks, and food stamps for help. I don’t feel that Jesus Christ would approve of a plan (Ryan’s and Romney’s) to hurt these people further under the premise of doing what is best for America.

    Yes, we do need to balance our budget and make cuts, but we need to do so slowly and carefully, and be in agreement in what we’re going to cut to do it. We are not on agreement in this nation, and are not likely to be in the near future; THIS Is the true travesty.

    It bothers me a great deal to see Christians claiming that it’s alright to allow people to go hungry and without healthcare, rather than support a safety net that will see these people through what the economy has done to them, with the help of Wall Street and the greedy, of course.

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