Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Obama Should Listen to Leviticus: Don't Confuse Justice and Charity
Posted by: Michael Medved at 11:34 AM
The core mistake of liberalism involves the confusion of charity and justice.
How do we know it’s a disastrous error to blur the distinction between these two timeless virtues?
Because the Bible specifically warns us against it.
Last Saturday, Jewish people around the world read Leviticus 19:15 as part of the weekly “Torah Portion” – the specific segment of the Five Books of Moses assigned since ancient times for synagogue recitation on this particular Sabbath of the calendar.
The text declares (in the best modern translation): “You shall not commit a perversion of justice; you shall not favor the poor and you shall not honor the great; with righteousness shall you judge your fellow.”
The unmistakable commandment to avoid favoring the poor comes as something of a shock: doesn’t the Bible, and especially the New Testament, repeatedly remind us to deal generously with the less fortunate, and to care for widows, orphans and paupers in general?
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