And he commanded his apostles to spread this gospel to the ends of the federal bureaucracy. His Department of Justice argued against a ministerial exception to employment discrimination laws for religious institutions, and his EEOC helps foster a culture of victimhood and discrimination; both are natural outgrowths of this new gospel. The Obama gospel is one not of individual responsibility and freedom, but of collective dependence – on him, his agents of “change,” and the ministries they create to enforce the new kingdom. The politics of victimization and dependence abide no deviation or heresy; all must bend the knee to his kingdom. In him do we live and move and have our being.
And our sustenance. Israel’s manna in the desert and the feeding of the five thousand pale in comparison to his provision: millions have been fed through the new manna, food stamps. Not content to simply rob Peter to pay Paul, this new messiah does not clear the temple of the tax collectors, but builds new temples to employ the legions of tax collectors necessary to enforce the historic indebtedness his beneficence requires. The Promised Land will indeed be found, but without milk and honey. Rather, multi-generational penury is the defining hallmark of the new Canaan. Forty years in the wilderness of suffocating national debt is a small price to pay for the fulfillment of his progressive vision of equal poverty under his rule. His kingdom has come. The people are poorer, but they are told they are better off; they just don’t realize it yet. Their savior is at hand, and at work. Trust him. He only needs four more years.