What's more interesting is the way they make up their own Bible verses and/or change the stories to fit their narrative.
At the 1992 Democrat National Convention, "Reverend" Jesse Jackson made the following remarks about Christmas.
“We hear a lot of talk about family values, even as we spurn the homeless on the street. Remember, Jesus was born to a homeless couple, outdoors in a stable, in the winter. He was the child of a single mother. When Mary said Joseph was not the father, she was abused. If she had aborted the baby, she would have been called immoral. If she had the baby, she would have been called unfit, without family values. But Mary had family values. It was Herod — the [Dan] Quayle of his day — who put no value on the family.”
According to his bio information, Jesse Jackson attended the Chicago Theological Seminary in 1964. Is that what they teach at that school - that Mary and Joseph were homeless and that Mary was abused when Joseph found out the baby was not his? Really?
Hillary Clinton, in comments criticizing then New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani's policies on the homeless, once said “Christmas celebrates ‘the birth of a homeless child.’
Liberal newspaper columnists have said the same thing. I wonder - have they ever actually read the Bible? Neither Mary nor Joseph were homeless. The only reason they were in Bethlehem was because the Roman government ordered them to return to their cities of origin to be taxed. The Romans must have been Democrats.
Fast forward to President Obama's recent attempts at Biblical quotes. Obama apparently believes, or has decided to turn Christmas into an incident of immigration, as if Mary and Joseph were poor, homeless people trying to immigrate to Bethlehem to make better lives for themselves.
"If we’re serious about the Christmas season, now is the time to reflect on those who are strangers in our midst and remember what it was like to be a stranger," Obama said recently in a town hall meeting on immigration.
Obama said the story was about a ‘soon to be mother’ and ‘a husband of modest means’ who were looking for a place to stay but there were no rooms at the inn.
OK, that last part is true enough - except that's not what Christmas was about. Those things were only very small parts of the much greater story. Interesting how that works.
At that same meeting President Obama again showed his ignorance of the Bible when he said “I think the good book says, you know, ‘Don’t throw stones in glass houses.'"
Some try to excuse Obama by saying "Well, it's like the verse in John where Jesus said "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone." Except it isn't like that at all. The reference to the glass house is in no way Biblical. And Obama's reference to it really doesn't justify his executive action to bypass Congress on the issue of illegal immigration.
At a prayer breakfast in 2012, President Obama quoted the Bible to justify his proposed tax increases on the wealthy. Obama quoted Jesus in Luke 12:48: “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.”
But one not need be a Biblical scholar to know that in this reference Jesus was talking about individual stewardship in an individual's relationship with God rather than government. Jesus is saying we should be faithful and give generously without regret.
There are those who believe Obama has a God complex and believes he is far greater than the average American. I do believe he's a narcissist and thinks he is better and smarter than anyone else. I think his favorite Bible verse as President is probably Matthew 22:21 "Render unto Caesar what is Caesar's and unto God what is God's," - with Obama being Caeser.
President Obama should probably stay away from Biblical quotes unless he has someone with Biblical knowledge helping him select the proper verse. He should know by now that his misquotes will go viral by the end of the day. Of course, being the narcissist that he is he probably doesn't worry about details like that. And his followers don't much care what he says as much as how he says it.
Not to worry, Mr. President. If you get caught up in a misquote you can simply turn it around (as you did with the now infamous "If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor) by saying "What we really said was...." Your followers seem to live by the motto "Don't worry about what he said before, just take what he said today and go with it." So you're safe with them.