Monday, October 25, 2004

Kerry says social justice would guide presidency / The Washington Times INSIDER

"Mr. Kerry has been more reluctant to talk about his religious practice, yesterday talking about prayer as something he learned as a child and practiced as a Navy lieutenant in Vietnam. "

Kerry keeps talking about the period of time in Vietnam. Of the many recollections he has shared of that experience, the fact that he "practiced (prayer) as a Navy lietenant in Vietnam," does not reassure me one iota that prayer is a regular, daily part of his life.

In my view, prayer is a communication with God which all believers need to actively use. I believe that anyone who longs to be the leader of the free world needs to pray without ceasing.

Kerry said a broad vision of social justice, including care for the poor and those without health insurance, is at the root of his religion and would guide his presidency.

He cited Matthew 25:40 -- "Whatever you do to the least of these, you do unto me" -- and said Jesus' admonition should determine the moral obligation everyone in society has to each other.
"The ethical test of a good society is how it treats its most vulnerable members," although, "He did not give a moral defense of his pro-choice stance on abortion and his support for embryonic stem-cell research..."

I wonder if Kerry, while thinking up more entitlement programs has read, 2 Thessalonians 3:10
For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: "If a man will not work, he shall not eat."11 We hear that some among you are idle. They are not busy; they are busybodies. 12Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and earn the bread they eat.

I am aware of many people who work very hard and still lack sufficient funds to meet all of their basic needs. For these people there are many programs already available. Kerry's promise of health insurance for everyone is not realistic since he intends to tax those who have earned
a larger wage to subsidize those who choose not to work. This has been tried in the many socialist countries of Europe and failed. These policies punish those who are willing to work hard to achieve success and rewards those who choose not to work because the government will take care of their needs.

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