I didn’t watch the President’s speech last night. I was sitting on the bed in our spare bedroom putting puzzles together with my 3-year-old granddaughter. Priorities.
This morning I learned that President Obama quoted Scripture in an effort to justify his actions. Many Christians are up in arms about the reference, partly because it was misapplied and partly because of so many other national issues that our leaders address without giving God’s word a thought.
I am encouraged just to know that someone in the White House knows there is such a thing as a Bible.
Seriously, what President Obama and his speech writers did happens all the time, even in the church. It’s called inconsistency.
We fall back on God and godly values when they serve our purpose and ignore them when they cramp our style. Think about David. He was all about God when Goliath was getting under his skin. But when Bathsheba was getting under his skin that same God was banished from the bedroom.
I’m pretty sure every person who reads this blog post will be able to think back to a moment of spiritual inconsistency. Perhaps it won’t be as coldly calculated as our President’s was. In fact, that’s what bothers me most about last night’s little Bible lesson. It was so shamefully manipulative. Still, we’ve all done it. We’ve all had moments when our talk was far more godly than our walk.
You can stake out whatever ground you want on the immigration issue. But if you’re a Christian, there’s no debate about the callous misuse of Scripture. It’s wrong. Always.