Saturday, January 19, 2013

Pastor Sam or False Prophet?

Some say Sam Brownback, our current governor in Kansas, makes his decisions based on his strong Catholic faith.  Here's an article from the Kansas City Star entitled Religion Is at the Center of  Sam Brownback's Life that spells out many areas in which Brownback appears to do so.  This quote in particular is interesting:

Some call him "Pastor Sam."  He occasionally evokes a preacher's tone while citing lengthy Bible passages to a crowd of worshipers.  

I'd love to hear him quote one of my favorite passages:

Just then a man came up to Jesus and asked, "Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?"  "Why do you ask me about what is good?"  Jesus replied.  "There is only One who is good.  If you want to enter life, keep the commandments."  "Which ones?" he inquired.  Jesus replied, "You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, honor your father and mother, and love your neighbor as yourself."  "All these I have kept," the young man said.  "What do I still lack?"  Jesus answered, "If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven.  Then come, follow me."  When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth.  Then Jesus said to his disciples, "Truly I tell you, it is hard for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven.  Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God." --Matthew 19:16-24 (NIV)

Instead, I see a trinity of evidence of Brownback's disbelief in this particular biblical quote.  Here's Governor Brownback's recent budget recommendations.  Here's a decent critique of Brownback's plan from the Hutchinson News editorial staff.  Here's a quote from a Kansas City Star editorial about Brownback's recommendations that I'd like to focus on:

Brownback invited a squabble with lawmakers, including many in his own party, by proposing to make permanent part of a one-cent sales tax that was supposed to go off the books in July.  Continuation of that tax would fall most heavily on low-income Kansans, while the income tax reductions that recently went into effect mostly benefit more wealthy residents.

The Kansas Democratic Party shared this photo on Facebook today.  I believe it concisely demonstrates the fundamental area of Christianity that "Pastor Sam" chooses to ignore.  Jesus loved poor people.

Image source: Facebook

Some argue against Brownback's mixing of church and state.  I say if he's going to govern as a man of faith, he ought to pay attention to his Savior's most fundamental teachings instead of looking away as his rich donors line his pockets.  

What do you think?  Is Governor Brownback really Pastor Sam or a false prophet?

Either way, I can't wait to elect a Governor Someone Else.