President Obama's "spiritual adviser" Jim Wallis released a video yesterday bashing the Tea Party as being "political extremists" who are "unbiblical" because they "don't believe in government" and are "against poor people."
Wallis, whose organization Sojourners has been funded by atheist billionaire George Soros through his Open Society Foundation to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars, as reported by Marvin Olasky from Worldmag.com, did plenty of judging himself during his three minute video.
He said, "I want to suggest that there is a deeper problem here than politics. There's a theological problem. As a Christian, I want to say shutting down government is unbiblical."
Wallis continues to explain his rationale, and ends up ranting. He declared,
"Read the thirteenth chapter of the book of Romans. Government's role is to protect us from evil, to promote the good, We'd call that the common good and the Scriptures make clear throughout Isaiah, Jeremiah, Amos, the Book of Kings, that rulers, kings, governments are responsible for how they treat the poorest and most vulnerable... they are judged by that by God."
Now that Wallis makes it clear that Christians must "believe in the government," as opposed to the people, as intended by the founding fathers, he got to the real point.
"So, those political extremists and I'll call them that, who want to shut down the government are unbiblical in two ways. One, they're against government per se. I know lots of Republicans and Democrats who believe in government. However big or small or limited, it doesn't matter. They believe in government and they believe in governing. The role is to govern. These people don't. They don't believe in government per se. They want to destroy the House and shut it down. That's not biblical."
Wallis, of course, is acting on a completely false premise. Last week, Senator Harry Reid also made the claim that these representatives "believe in no government," as reported by the Examiner.
He said that for these Representatives,
"a bad day for government is a good day for the anarchists among us." Reid (falsely) lamented, "Those who believe in no - I repeat - no government - that's their belief - the modern day anarchists, known as the tea party, they believe in no government."
Wallis continued to say that these "political extremists" are "against poor people." He said,
"Secondly, because government has a biblical responsibility to care for the poor, they're against poor people. They get hostile to the poor 'cause they're hostile to government. That's also wrong. That's unbiblical. What's happening here is more than politics. It's ideology triumphing over what we would call good theology so those of you who want to shut down the government, I would say read your Bibles..."
Not surprisingly, Harry Reid and Jim Wallis both neglected to give evidence to support their wild claims. That is likely because no such evidence exists. The Tea Party advocates self governance and limited government as intended by the founding fathers.
Ronald Reagan quoted James Madison during a must-read speech. He said,
"We base all our experiments on the capacity of mankind for self-government."
President Reagan also said in part,
"...the full power of centralized government was the very thing the Founding Fathers sought to minimize....Either we accept the responsibility for our own destiny, or we abandon the American Revolution and confess that an intellectual belief in a far-distant capital can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves."
Wallis and Reid's claims are easily disproven, but it is likely that they will not be called out by the mainstream media. On their website, the Tea Party Patriots says that one of their core principles is "...that government power should be limited, enumerated, and constrained by our Constitution." In fact, this author cannot find one Tea Party organization or one quote from any of the so-called "Tea Party" representatives that make the claim that their goal is "no government."
Perhaps Jim Wallis should read the Bible himself and consider one of the Ten Commandments, "Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour."