Railing Against Phony Religiosity at the National Prayer Breakfast

President Obama made the headlines during the 2012 National Prayer Breakfast by justifying the vigorous government intervention to replace private charity the Presidential Prooftexting.  The President cited the New Testament to when he said:

At a time when many folks are struggling and at a time when we have enormous deficits, it’s hard for me to ask seniors on a fixed income or young people with student loans or middle-class families who can barely pay the bills to shoulder the burden alone. And I think to myself, if I’m willing to give something up as somebody who’s been extraordinarily blessed and give up some of the tax breaks that I enjoy, I actually thinks that’s going to make economic sense. But for me as a Christian, it also coincides with Jesus’ teaching that, from to whom much is given, much shall be required.

But more people should have paid attention to the Keynote by Eric Metaxis who spoke about differentiating religiosity and actually knowing and serving God.  The author of a great biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and William Wilberforce (the author of the hymn Amazing Grace).

It is incredible that Metaxis referenced the cynical throwing out of Bible phrases by Satan at Jesus during his 40 days in the desert in his prepared remarks.  Prescient or the Divine Paraclete at work? Yet he could tease the Chief Executive about there being “No pressure” to read his biography about Wilberforce.  Metaxis was adept at analogizing to whom (sic) society does not affirm personhood much like slaves were not by the English in Wilberforce’s day.  He was able to give an anti-abortion message in an accessible yet piercing way. Perhaps it was Metaxis’ phraseology: ““Those of us who know the unborn to be human beings are commanded by God to love those who do not yet see that.”

The unscripted a cappella rendition of Amazing Grace by the audience was much more rewarding than certain celebrated song stylings of Al Green.

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DCBarroco: The surreal musings of a "party animal" living Between the Beltways, whose favorite contact sport may be politics, but who also has interests that are not poll driven, who thinks beyond the next spin cycle and who will caucus with diverse special interest groups.

Posted on March 11, 2012, in Faith, Humor, News, Pensee, Politics, Video and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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