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This story found in Matt. 14:13-21 is hardly a recipe for economic equality. It was one meal, and it was a miracle. Hillary Clinton (4/26/14 speech) failed to mention the crowd response to Jesus’ feeding so many with so little: “Therefore when the people saw the sign which He had performed, they said, ‘This is truly the Prophet who is to come into the world.’ So Jesus, perceiving that they were intending to come and take Him by force to make Him king, withdrew again to the mountain by Himself alone.” (John 6:14-15). The crowd’s reaction to Jesus’ miracle is exactly what Hillary and other liberals want. If we feed, clothe, house, and educate them, they will make us kings. But instead of withdrawing from the people, they desire to embrace them with promises they cannot keep in order to make them dependent on the State forever. The time will come when its promises cannot be kept because the productive members of society have been plundered of their ability to create wealth. The incentive to work, create, and profit from their labor has been destroyed. The people most in need will suffer the most when this happens. Politicians like Hillary Clinton pick up on the desire for security and dependency from the masses and use them for political gain: The idol state uses the language of compassion because its intention is a messianic one. It finds the masses harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd, needing a savior. The liberal State actually believes it can do miracles, and it doesn’t need any actual loaves of bread or dried fish to perform them. All it used to need was a printing press, cotton and linen sheets of paper, and barrels of ink. Today, the State only requires a few key strokes to perform digital alchemy—to turn “stones into bread” (Matt. 4:3-4). Jesus the feeder of 5,000 also said that “man does not live by bread alone” (Matt. 4:4; Deut. 8:3). The same schools that provide “free” breakfast and lunch to poor school children using other people’s money prohibits the other type of feeding that Jesus required, that is, “every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God” (Matt. 4:4b). Jesus never issued a call to plunder the rich to pay for the needs of the poor even if the intention to help was seemingly for their good and the people wanting to help had the best intentions.
- Gary DeMar, “Hillary Clinton Uses Jesus to Promote the Welfare State,” (4/30/2014), http://americanvision.org/10726/hillary-clinton-uses-jesus-promote-welfare-state/#sthash.hHSlorYC.Gn1tpT4p.dpuf