Former Congressman John Kasich just got re-elected as governor of the key swing state of Ohio with over 60% of the popular vote, so he must have at least a few endearing qualities.
However, a keen understanding of theology would not be one of them.
Never mind the fact that Kasich is now advocating the very Obamacare expansion for his second term that he originally opposed in 2010 when he was first running for governor. Kasich correctly warned back then it would “stick states with large and unsustainable costs.”
He should’ve listened to himself. Kasich’s plan to now implement Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion in Ohio could cost taxpayers up to $50 billion.
But it’s the rationale for Kasich’s 180-degree turn that is especially problematic, because it’s the same sham, Cracker-Jack bastardization-disguised-as-theology used by Marxists on the Left to justify all their unaffordable and ineffective schemes.
While brazenly stumping for a balanced budget amendment at the same time he’s implementing a program that is already insolvent, Kasich had this to say:
Now, one of the interesting things about this is that people say, ‘That position is liberal.’ Well, I’ve been in the Republican Party for a long time, and a big chunk of the Republican Party is people of faith. Now, if you ever read Matthew 25 I think, ‘I wanna feed the hungry and clothe the naked.’ I have to tell you I read a horrible story in The Wall Street Journal on the weekend about people, one man in particular freezing to death over in Montana. And they’ve turned down about half a billion dollars of help, I’m told. That disturbs me.
First of all, if we’re going to bring the Word of God into this, I believe it’s quite explicit you “let your yes be your yes and your no be your no.” So Kasich is already on shaky ground as it is with his Obamacare flip-flop.
Matthew 25 in the New Testament begins with Christ saying these words: “At that time the kingdom of Heaven…” So right away a line is being drawn between the Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of Man. Christ is specifically talking about how the Kingdom of God should/would go about its affairs – in this case Kingdom of God signifies the individual believer and the corporate gathering of believers known as the worldwide Church of Jesus Christ.
He is not talking about government-imposed sanctions and confiscation, and never has. In fact, those who believed in such things in those days actually attempted to trap Christ elsewhere in the Gospels on the issue of confiscatory taxation if you recall. His famous response was, “Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s, and render unto God that which is God’s.”
Nowhere does the New Testament call for the utilization of government to apply or impose the things of the Kingdom of God. In fact, in Romans 13 the New Testament makes it clear that government only has one primary role to play in our lives, and for it to perform this role it is owed taxes:
For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience. This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing.
Our Founding Fathers implemented Romans 13 into our constitutional republic from the outset by building a civilization on these three “self-evident” truths:
1) There is a God. (“for the one in authority is God’s servant”)
2) Our rights come from Him. (“rulers do not bear the sword for no reason”)
3) The purpose of government, therefore, is to protect and defend our God-given rights. (“agents of [God’s] wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer”)
Therefore, the Word of God is quite clear that government is for the administration of justice (holding accountable those who would violate the God-given rights of others), and the church (the Kingdom of Heaven/God) is responsible for the dispensing of charity, mercy, and redemption.
This is called a “hermeneutic” or proper interpretation of the Scriptures. What Kasich is guilty of here is the exact opposite of proper, not to mention self-refuting.
See, Matthew 25 cited by Kasich also includes the “parable of the talents,” which is one of the basis for what we call today “capitalism.” The Master in the parable, who is Christ, returns after a long time away to reward his servants for how they invested the talents he gave them while he was gone. The ones who grow their talents into a meaningful profit are rewarded over those who did not with these words: “For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.”
Government doesn’t profit anything. It can only take from those who do profit something. This is why government’s duties should be limited to only the primary role the natural law prescribes, and because we haven’t we’re $18 trillion in debt with another $120 trillion in unfunded mandates and liabilities.
Kasich is using the coercive power of government to impose what he defines as “charity” on others by confiscating their productivity before they even see it. He is literally tithing with other people’s money, by picking their pockets for the offering and then congratulating himself for performing a good deed.
This is actually called “stealing” and I believe there’s something opposing that in the Ten Commandments somewhere.
Besides, how can charity be imposed? The dictionary defines charity as “the voluntary giving of help.” What exactly is “voluntary” about confiscation?
Kasich even uses a ridiculous example of a freezing death in Montana to justify this heresy. Assuming this actually happened, and politicians are notorious for making these things up, it’s a tragedy for sure. However, if the basis for the size of government is to make sure nobody ever freezes to death or suffers from any of the perils of this fallen world, then there are literally no limits to the size and scope of government.
Congratulations, Governor Kasich, you’re a Marxist.
Finally, assuming Governor Kasich is sincere in wanting to live out his Christian witness publicly, he might want to read these chilling words looking ahead to judgment day from Christ in Matthew 7:
Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you: depart from me you who practice lawlessness.”
Christ makes it quite clear that the simple performing of good deeds doesn’t grant someone access to eternity in Heaven after they die. More important is who or what we did them for. Did we do them for ourselves, or for Christ? Just because we do something in Christ’s name doesn’t mean we’re really doing it for Him, and the way to tell is if what we’re claiming is good is “lawlessness.”
The Obamacare that Kasich is advocating is lawlessness supreme.
It was passed based on the pernicious lie “if you like your current healthcare plan you can keep it.” It was imposed by the U.S. Supreme Court deciding as long as it’s a tax the government can do to you whatever it wants, which was the very lawlessness we rebelled against King George III for. It also is being used to get believers at Christian universities, businesses like Hobby Lobby, and charities like the Little Sisters of the Poor to disobey God’s moral law and obey Obama’s new moral order instead. Not to mention the fact Obamacare is the greatest promotion of the killing of pre-born children ever passed by a human government, with much of that funding coming from the very Medicaid provision Kasich is expanding.
So Kasich is making the absurd case the righteous and holy God of the Bible wants him to perpetuate something passed by a lie, imposed unjustly, puts government in charge of our conscience and not God, and violates the commandment not to murder.
Kasich may be serving a god with such a belief, but it is the god of this world and not the God of the Bible. Don’t just take my word for it. Christ Himself has a question for Governor Kasich and all other peddlers of such pagan do-gooderism:
“Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord’ and you do not do what I say?”
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