PROVERBS AND FOOD STAMPS

Merrill Ring

A New Label:  CINOs

It is said that the devil can quote scripture for his own purposes.  But the really curious thing is how the faithful (the ascendant branch of American Christianity that is) can refuse to quote scripture when the omission suits their own purposes.  Charity requires treating that as a case of blindness, not cynicism.  

How many fundamentalist preachers have not quoted from the pulpit or on their television shows the following from Proverbs:  Proverbs 29:7 - “The righteous care about justice for the poor, but the wicked have no such concern.” Or  Proverbs 14:31 - “He who oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God.”  Or Proverbs 22:16 - “He who oppresses the poor to increase his wealth and he who gives gifts to the rich – both come to poverty.”

How many of the Christians in the House of Representatives reminded their fellows of those proverbs during the debate on food stamps – or at any other time in recent memory?

Those failures might even lead those of other faiths and those without any religion to think that that particular bunch of Christians are either ignorant of their own holy writings or are not really believers in that form of religion, are in fact CINO’s.