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Allen West: Left Stoops to Cherry Picking Bible, Constitution to Justify Socialism

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By Allen West | August 27, 2019 | 11:15 AM EDT

Retired Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army Allen West (Screenshot)

Those on the left are beginning to remind me of the nemesis of Road Runner, Wiley Coyote, who continued to seek out Acme products to enable him to catch the Road Runner. And each time, the new attempts were to no avail. The left has had boxes shipped to them of Russia collusion, racism, recession, and all are failing, just as with the Coyote. They have no policy initiatives other than “free” and “open borders,” which are also failing. So, when all is lost, what does the left now turn to? Yes, now they’re quoting the Constitution and the Bible in an attempt to advance socialism.

You heard me correctly. The party that booed God back at their National Convention in 2012 in Charlotte now wants to “cherry-pick” the Bible to promote socialism. The party that embraces such [un]constitutional policies such as sanctuary states and cities for illegal immigrants now wants to quote from our rule of law? It all happened at a recent Democratic [Socialist] Party meeting, held in that bastion of constitutionalism and Christianity, San Francisco.

Below are the remarks, in pertinent part, from the Democratic Party meeting, according to The Washington Free Beacon:

“A speaker at the Democratic National Committee summer meeting Friday said if free health care is labeled ‘socialism’ by Republicans, then they should ‘acknowledge that the Bible must then promote socialism.’

“‘When we embrace moral language, we must ask does our policy care for the least of these? Does it lift up those who are most marginalized and dejected in our society? Does it establish justice? That is the moral question,’ said Rev. William Barber, who has spoken at several DNC meetings. ‘If someone calls it socialism, then we must compel them to acknowledge that the Bible must then promote socialism, because Jesus offered free health care to everyone, and he never charged a leper a co-pay.’

“DNC chair Tom Perez and others in audience gave a standing ovation before Barber took a shot at Republicans, saying, ‘If you want to have a moral debate, bring it on, baby.’

“‘The Bible says a nation will be judged by how it treats the poor and the sick and women and the immigrants,’ Barber said. ‘The Bible says that God makes it rain on the just and the unjust alike. If you want to call caring for folks socialism, then the Constitution is a socialist document because it calls us to promote the general welfare and to establish justice.’”

Well, as a Christian constitutional conservative I must admit, this absurdity is very comical to say the least. So here we go.

First of all, it is rather perplexing that the people who are incessantly raving about “separation of church and state” are invoking the Bible, and Jesus Christ, to promote socialism. How often do we hear the progressive, socialist left condemn Christians for attempting to create a “theocracy”, most recently Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez? But you rarely hear leftists condemn Islamo-fascists for their theocracy, which, by the way, persecutes Christians.

I found it quite interesting that Rev. Barber failed to mention this Bible verse from 2 Thessalonians 3:10 (New International Version), “For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: ‘The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.’” Hmm, maybe Rev. Barber does not seek a scripturally-based argument, but rather he prefers to just ad lib his way through … making the insidious assertion that Jesus Christ did not ask for a “co-pay.” I kinda think it a tad bit blasphemous to compare Jesus Christ, the Son of God, to a health insurance company.

Rev. Barber, sir, a moral debate, absolutely. I would be happy to enjoin you in such an intellectual engagement. I would present to you this Bible verse: Deuteronomy 30:15,19 (New International Version), “15 See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction. … 19 This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.”

Uh, pastor, and I use that term loosely here, perhaps you did not realize that you were speaking at the meeting of a political party that supports murdering unborn babies in the womb. As well, according to New York Governor Cuomo, it is not a party that embraces infanticide – in other words, the Canaanite god of child sacrifice, Moloch. As well, as a black “pastor,” how do you reconcile yourself knowing that since the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, an estimated 20,000,000 black babies have been murdered in the womb? And I suppose you are okay with the progressive, socialist left’s support of the Planned Parenthood founder, Margaret Sanger?

Yes, sir, Rev. Barber. I am more than happy to have a “moral” debate with you.

I suppose the good Rev. Barber also has no issue with the progressive, socialist left’s position of gender, right? You know, we are now up to some 71 different genders. Obviously, Rev. Barber is comfortable telling the Judeo-Christian God that He was all wrong with just Adam and Eve?

And Rev. Barber, God only asks for 10 percent, so I guess since the Bible supports socialism, according to your cherry-picking scripture, then its okay for progressive socialists to demand seven, nine times more than God with demanding 70-90 percent tax rates. Hmm, I would prefer God’s tax rate over that of the progressive, socialist left … but do you?

Lastly, Rev. Barber, Christianity, you know, Jesus Christ, is based upon individual reconciliation, salvation and the Grace of God. No one can collectively enter into the Kingdom of Heaven, at least that is what I read in Romans. Socialism dismisses the existence of the individual. Individuals have no rights or liberties. There is only the collective determination, equality of outcomes, as dictated by man, secular humanists … the folks you had standing and cheering you. As a matter of fact, this is what 2 Corinthians 3:17 (New International Version) says, “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”

My spiritual liberty does not come from the government, or from the DNC. And as written by the father of classical liberalism, John Locke, my individual inalienable rights of life, liberty, and property are natural rights from my Creator, not Tom Perez, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Pete Buttigieg, Robert Francis O’Rourke, or any others in the long list of progressive socialist crew of collectivists.

In closing, ain’t it funny how the progressive, socialist left seeks out certain “Reverends” … Barber, Sharpton, and Jackson, to parrot their talking points by leveraging the Bible? My advice is that we dismiss these charlatans.

The Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy about folks like Reverend William Barber in 2 Timothy 4:3-4 (New International Version), “For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.”

Allen West is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army. Mr. West is a Senior Fellow at the Media Research Center to support its mission to expose and neutralize liberal media bias. Mr. West also writes daily commentary on his personal website theoldschoolpatriot.com.

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