When Politicians (Mis)quote the Bible

Recently President Barak Obama misquoted the Bible.   He said, “I think the good book says don’t throw stones in glass houses.”

He added, “or make sure we’re looking at the log in our eye before we are pointing out the mote in other folks eyes.”

The proverb he meant to quote is “people who live in glass houses should not throw stones” a warning against hypocrisy, a big word for being a phony.  As usual when politicians quote a book about which they know little or nothing they do indeed look like phonies.

The word glass appears only twice in the Old Testament but it refers to mirrors, a common household item made of polished brass and used in the wash basins of the Tabernacle where the worshiper was required to examine his own sin in  a mirrored basin of water, to recognize his sin as preparation for God’s cleansing.  They were also popular as ladies mirrors as well.

I checked an English version of the Koran, which Obama actually does know, and there are a few references to glass, but that book was written much later in world history.

Cal Thomas, a long-time Christian whose word on such matters can be trusted, has a short column on Bill Clinton, Al Gore and others bringing Bible quotations into politics because they perceived that Republicans have a leg up on the topic. Thomas knows his Bible in any event.

Click on this article for more info.  Cal Thomas on some politicians’ Bible references

Obama has simply misapplied the verse.  Hypocrisy has nothing to do with immigration policy. It is either a matter of Law or not.  There are only a few times when I think we can “separate church and state” and this is one!

President Obama would be better off remembering the modern version of this proverb. “People who live in glass houses (e.g. the White House) shouldn’t get stoned.”

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