I can’t help but smile at politicos and self-styled Biblical experts who quote scripture like a line from Hamlet or some other bit of literature…that is, without thorough understanding of what the author was saying or following through on the thought. Those who lack personal experience with Christianity, they can’t help but fail in their attempts to connect with its tenets. But then, that’s the risk you take in trying to school a person on a faith they posses and you don’t.
I recently heard a politician admonish Christians concerning the invasion of our southern border by telling them that the Bible instructs Christians…”if your enemy hungers, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him a drink.” He was referencing Romans 12:20. Which begins, “Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink…”
The problem our fearless politician encountered was, having expressed a partial thought that he felt made his point, he left the conclusion of the verse dandling in the air unfinished. I couldn’t help but chuckle to myself. The verse finishes with the consequences visited on the heathen for doing as our politician recommends…“for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.”
Was he advocating torture by fire on future Democratic voters? Somehow, I doubt it. It is simply that, unbeknownst to him, the roses he picked had thorns. It is always best when trying to win someone to your point of view or pointing out the error of their ways to stick to subjects you know. When you do decide to take a swing at it, remember the advice of great hitting coaches, keep your eye on the ball and…follow through.