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Sunday, July 09, 2017

Politico discovers "the Most Republican Part of the Bible"

Did you know there was a Republican part of the Bible? The section was written 2,800 years ago. Surprisingly, the book was not originally written in Russian although a Russian version surely exists now.

Joel Baden, a professor of Hebrew Bible at Yale Divinity School, has identified the Book of Proverbs as "the Most Republican Part of the Bible," and he wrote about it in Politico today.

What caught his attention were daily Bible quotes tweeted by Republican Senator Marco Rubio of Florida. Many were from Proverbs.

From Baden:
Proverbs is notable in that is presents a fairly consistent view of the world: The righteous are rewarded, and the wicked are punished. In the understanding of Proverbs, everyone gets what is coming to them; behavior is directly linked to reward or punishment. This worldview has social consequences: Those who succeed in life must be more righteous than those who struggle.
Some of the statements in Proverbs look strikingly similar to those made by modern-day conservative policymakers. Take, for example, Alabama representative Mo Brooks, who, arguing that poorer people should pay more for health care, recently said, “Those people who lead good lives, they’re healthy.” It’s not quite a direct quote from Proverbs, but it’s not too far from these: “The Lord does not let the righteous go hungry” (Prov 10:3) and “A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich” (Prov 10:4). In short: Proverbs is probably the most Republican book of the entire Bible.
That is interesting.

What is the Democratic part of the Bible? He did not say.

But now that Professor Baden has identified "the Most Republican Part of the Bible," let us examine it.

Proverbs 1:7, "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction."

Didn't Democrats in 2008 shout down God at their convention?

Proverbs 3:5-7: "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil."

So much for secular humanism.

Proverbs 6:16-19, "These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, an heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, a false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren."

So Democrats favor a proud look, a lying tongue, a wicked heart, et cetera? Well, that is how we got Obama.

Proverbs 8:13, "The fear of the Lord is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate." (A more modern translation, "To fear the Lord is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech.")

Opposing evil is only for Republicans? Who knew?

Proverbs 9:8, "Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee."

I would add, mock not CNN, lest it doxx you.

Proverbs 12:24, "Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in forced labor."

Ah, they did not envision the welfare state back then.

Proverbs 16:16, "How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver!"

Wisdom and understanding -- what a great goal in life.

Proverbs 17:3, "The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the Lord trieth the hearts."

As I re-read Proverbs, I realize how anti-materialistic it is. If Baden wants to cede that to Republicans, I am grateful.

And then there is this from Proverbs 17:6, "Children's children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers."

That is a pretty strong statement about abortion.

I am far from expert on the Bible, and certainly not Proverbs. But the wisdom divined by Solomon and the theme of that book is that you should not worry about worldly wealth and instead avoid and oppose evil.

Jesus would come eight centuries later and say much the same thing.

But there is no Republican part of the Bible. Or Democratic. There are only those who adhere to the Bible and those who reject it.

Increasingly those who are educated in the Bible vote Republican. Exit polls showed that the more often a voter attended church, the more likely he was to vote Republican.

Quoting Proverbs makes sense, given its call for wisdom and righteousness.

Ceding those as Republican values is very telling.

I thank Professor Baden.

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  1. I'd say the most Democrat part is where the men of Sodom ask Lot to send out his visitors "that we may know them". Sexual immorality and a lack of propriety in social boundaries-- also the fact that anything at all can be considered community property, even guests-- are the marks of that party today.

  2. What is the Democratic part of the Bible? He did not say.

    I would vote the Book of Job with the caveat that the leftards would be so tied up in the circumstances that they would entirely miss the meaning of the story and walk away with their delusions confirmed that random s*hit just happens to good people for no good reason so there is no point in wasting the effort to be good.

    (danged run-on sentence)

  3. The Democrat book of the Bible is The Book of Revelation.

    1. Revelation deals with Democrats, speaks of the blood of the innocent crying out....Abortion is evil in the sight of God. He's going to do something about it. God speaks plainly about blood guilt....and that He will require a Land to pay for such innocent blood. That's what is coming.....the true consequences of the Democratic party.....What? Didn't you understand what the Bible said? If you approve of a "woman's" right to choose, you're just as guilty as the abortionist. Well, the four horsemen are fixing to ride again.

  4. Is it: "Render unto Caesar what is Caesar and render unto God what is God's?"

    -Mikey NTH

  5. The most democrat book of the Bible is Genesis. Adam and Eve were given a perfect world with only a few simple instructions and still managed to screw it up totally.

  6. Here's one of my favorites. - Elric

    "Smite a scorner, and the simple will beware:" - Proverbs 19:25

  7. It has been said of modern day liberals that there is nothing under the sun they will not attempt to politicize. This is another excellent example.

    A part of the Bible I really struggle to follow is Jesus admonishing us to love thine enemy. You know, like Prof Baden. Still have a lotta work to do on that one. Right now, I'm more like "God helps those who arm themselves."