President Barack Obama took some time again today to plug his proposal to raise taxes on America’s wealthiest. But this time, he brought Jesus into the mix.
Speaking at the annual National Prayer Breakfast, Obama said his tax policy follows what Jesus taught in the Bible.
“I actually think that is going to make economic sense,” he said. “But for me as a Christian, it also coincides with Jesus’s teaching that ‘for unto whom much is given, much shall be required.'”
The president was referring to Luke 12:48, which in its entirety says:
“But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows. From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.”
And in case you were wondering, Jesus also paid taxes himself, and he did so with style. Matthew 17:24-27 says:
“After Jesus and his disciples arrived in Capernaum, the collectors of the two-drachma temple tax came to Peter and asked, ‘Doesn’t your teacher pay the temple tax?’
‘Yes, he does,’ he replied.
When Peter came into the house, Jesus was the first to speak. ‘What do you think, Simon?’ he asked. ‘From whom do the kings of the earth collect duty and taxes—from their own children or from others?’
‘From others,’ Peter answered.
‘Then the children are exempt,’ Jesus said to him. ‘But so that we may not cause offence, go to the lake and throw out your line. Take the first fish you catch; open its mouth and you will find a four-drachma coin. Take it and give it to them for my tax and yours.'”
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