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From Chapter One : Matthew 25: The Key to Progressive Policies

In Matthew 25, Jesus made entrance into His kingdom dependent solely on how we treat four classes of people. He didn’t say we had to have the right theology. He didn’t say we had to be pious and righteous. He didn’t say we had to root out sinners from the world or live without committing any sins. He said we would be judged solely on how we treated four classes of people.

Now, you can interpret getting into Jesus’ kingdom any way you like: going to heaven, aligning with Jesus’ inner kingdom of the heart (since Jesus said the kingdom of heaven is within), or being in a higher circle of heaven than those “worldly Christians” who barely escape damnation. But the point is indisputable: If we want to be in Jesus’ camp, if we want to be aligned truly with Him, we must serve the needs of four classes of people. Hence, if we want our nation to be “more Christian,” then surely our nation must also do these things. And in case we didn’t understand, He spelled it out for us. He gave us six criteria aimed at four groups of people. The poor received triple emphasis:

  • CARE for the POOR
    • FEED the hungry
    • CLOTHE the naked
    • GIVE drink to the thirsty
  • CARE for the SICK
  • CARE for the stranger
  • CARE for the prisoner

This is one passage of Scripture that has virtually no ambiguity on what true followers of Jesus must do. It leaves little room for theologians to quibble about "how many angels can stand on the head of a pin”—that was a big debate in the Middle Ages, which represents those hairsplitting, meaningless theoretical issues that religious scholars vociferously argue.

From Chapter Two : Debunking the Myth That the Bible Only Endorses Small Government

By chapter 34 Ezekiel’s words read like articles of impeachment against the nation’s leaders, as this prophet rehearses their oppression and wickedness.

The word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel; prophesy and say to them: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Woe to you shepherds of Israel who only take care of yourselves! Should not shepherds take care of the flock? You eat the curds, clothe yourselves with the wool and slaughter the choice animals, but you do not take care of the flock. You have not strengthened the weak or healed the sick or bound up the injured. You have not brought back the strays or searched for the lost. You have ruled them harshly and brutally.’” (Ezekiel 34:1–4)

By now, Ezekiel has shown the rulers’ wickedness against three of the four classes of people that Jesus commanded us to help: the poor, the foreigner, and the sick. Note the phrase “shepherds of Israel.” In no way can this be construed as the people who were actually herding sheep in the fields. The shepherds of Israel were the leaders—those men in positions of power, those who controlled the policies and practices of the nation.

The vast majority of commentators agree that Ezekiel is referring to political leaders as well as to religious and business leaders—anyone in a position of rule and authority over others. So who would be the princes of America, or our national shepherds? Our political rulers establish and enforce our laws as well as provide for the common good, while our religious leaders guide the moral and spiritual lives of their parishioners, and our CEOs and corporate directors control the livelihoods of their employees. If such leaders had moral and legal imperatives in biblical times, then surely they do so now—if you believe that the Bible should influence all aspects of our lives, and therefore must play a strong role in guiding Christian efforts to guide national policy.

From Chapter Three : Jesus Loves Obamacare!

Obamacare Cuts Down on Usury!

One critical piece of economics that the Bible forbids is usury:

If you lend money to one of my people among you who is needy, do not treat it like a business deal; charge no interest. (Exodus 22:25)

He lends at interest and takes a profit. Will such a man live? He will not! Because he has done all these detestable things, he is to be put to death; his blood will be on his own head. (Ezekiel 18:13)

These are just a few of the many Bible verses that condemn economic exploitation, the topic of a sequel to this book. How can these verses not apply to insurance companies that hit customers with ever skyrocketing premiums? From 1999 to 2009, the Kaiser Family Foundation found that health care premiums had jumped 131%, and the employees’ contribution to that system increased by 128%. If that’s not usury, then what is? And during this time, in- surance companies’ profits soared to record levels, as they have even outperformed the entire S&P. Yet many are blaming the Affordable Care Act while insurance companies are reaping massive profits.

The pharmaceutical companies are also engaging in a type of usury. Take the price increases in the Epipen (an epinephrine injec- tor), without which allergic people die after being stung by a bee or accidentally ingesting peanuts. From 2007 to 2016, the cost of the Epipen rose by 461%, and the CEO’s salary increased by 671%. If anything, Obamacare did not go far enough, because it permits the individual drug companies to run amok and charge whatever they can get away with. If we don’t let the utility companies do this, why do we tolerate it with health care companies, who likewise hold a monopoly on whether we live or die? And power companies are still good investments for stockholders, providing strong capital growth and stable dividends. A curb on their profits is not a com- munistic takeover of their industry; it’s regulated to prevent greed from abusing the common good.

http://kff.org/health-costs/report/2016-employer-health-benefits- survey/

http://www.fiercehealth care.com/payer/health-insurance-stocks-hit- all-time-highs

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/aug/24/epipen-ceo- hiked-prices-heather-bresch-mylan

From Chapter Seven : Good Government in the Age of Trump

Rulers and Business Owners Must Pay Their Workers

Do not defraud or rob your neighbor. Do not hold back the wages of a hired worker overnight. (Leviticus 19:13)

Do not take advantage of a hired worker who is poor and needy, whether that worker is a fellow Israelite or a foreigner residing in one of your towns. Pay them their wages each day before sunset, because they are poor and are counting on it. Otherwise they may cry to the Lord against you, and you will be guilty of sin. (Deuteronomy 24:14–15)

A tyrannical ruler practices extortion, but one who hates ill-gotten gain will enjoy a long reign. (Proverbs 28:16)

God’s Word is clear: employers should pay their workers and not try to cheat them out of their wages. This was the law, divinely dictated to Moses. Donald Trump made his business experience, particularly in the realm of construction and real estate, his prime selling point. But the numerous reports of Trump’s not paying his employees and contractors is particularly troubling, as it gives us insight into his character.

In theory, a selling point for business leaders is that they will be fiscally responsible, and they’ll treat the nation’s finances as carefully as they’d treat their own. But conversely, a businessman who got rich by cheating people demonstrates that he’s not above cheating the voters. Trump suggested the same by just analogizing the national debt crisis to his own bankruptcies. In bankruptcy you force your creditors to accept pennies on the dollar, which gives those hopelessly in debt a fresh start—a provision that has blessed Trump multiple times throughout his career. But Trump suggested that our government should just write off our national debt as he did—forget all who get screwed in the process or the damage to the full faith and credit of the United States or the stock market.

Not paying your bills is the same as stealing, and it’s wicked. "The wicked borrow and do not repay, but the righteous give generously" (Psalm 37:21). See also Ecclesiastes 5:4: “When you make a vow to God, do not delay to fulfill it. He has no pleasure in fools; fulfill your vow;" and see the exhortation from Romans 13:8: "Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law."

USA Today, no left-wing tabloid, did a comprehensive exposé on Trump’s business dealings and found that thousands of businesses and employees have accused him of not paying them as he promised. Trump was involved in over 3,500 lawsuits. Three thousand five hundred! Almost all these lawsuits were filed before Trump announced his candidacy. Can we honestly say that all of these people are lying? Yes, in the business world, both sides can play fast and loose with the truth. Each side has an incentive to cut its own costs and raise prices. But 3,500 complaints for nonpayment are a huge number.

http://www.npr.org/2016/05/09/477350889/donald-trumps-messy-ideas-for-handling-the-national-debt-explained

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2016/06/09/donald-trump-unpaid-bills-republican-president-laswuits/85297274/

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