Editors' note: this piece is co-authored by Ken Klukowski
Speaker Nancy Pelosi has decided to follow President Obama’s lead in claiming that God directs her lawmaking, invoking the Bible as her legislative roadmap. If a conservative Republican did this, it would be the top of the news.
Last week, Pelosi made a rambling, redundant, somewhat incoherent monologue in which she claimed that “The Word” directed her. She clarified that meant “The Word Made Flesh”—the incarnate Deity—Jesus Christ. She doesn’t leave us to surmise, elaborating that she makes policy decisions, “in keeping with the values of Jesus.”
However, the only place to learn about “The Word” Jesus is to read “The Word,” the Bible. As two Christians who read the Bible, we’re not sure where in its pages Nancy Pelosi found the inspiration for her top legislative priorities. Since the Bible is the sacred text of the Christian faith, and the exclusive record of the teachings and values of Jesus, where else could she be enlightened to the values of Jesus?
We don’t recall ever reading, “Thou shalt require every person to buy health insurance” or “Thou shalt oppose charter schools and home-schooling” in the Bible. We’d have to rename the Ten Commandments the Twelve Commandments instead. How do those Pelosi priorities embody the “values of Jesus?”
Nor do we remember being taught, “And Peter spoke unto them, saying, ‘The Lord commands that you shall pass a cap-and-trade tax which shall tax all the people, that they may inherit a cooler planet.” (Given that the science doesn’t support man-made global warming, at least this last possibility would explain where Speaker Pelosi gets her evidence for cap-and-trade. She’s claiming divine revelation.)
We can’t imagine what Bible Speaker Pelosi is reading. The Bible does not sanction gay marriage or abortion. It does not command heavy taxes on employers and professionals to pay for government handouts.
Instead, the Bible speaks of God and man, the relationship between the two and how that relationship can be restored. It reveals the moral character of God, the divine plan for the ages, and explains the purpose and duties of man.
From everything we see from her, we are firmly convinced that none of those biblical instructions or admonitions has any impact on Pelosi’s official activities.