DATE: 5/04/2004 09:16:00 AM
Misquoting God - In the New Testament book of Second Timothy, it says that "All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness." Note that Paul doesn't add "and getting elected" to the end of the list. Hugh Hewitt has an example of John Kerry trying to use scripture and failing during a speech to the Anti-Defamation League. "Love thy neighbor" is not one of the original Ten Commandments, unless you count it as Jesus' greatest commandment, and it didn't seem to occur to Kerry that quoting Jesus to a largely Jewish organization might not be a great idea.
Politicians should just stop trying to quote scripture to prove their political points. If you use it wrong, you're going to make someone mad and look foolish in the process. Even if you use it in a correct context, you're going to make someone mad and not help yourself all that much anyway. Scripture has its purposes. The political isn't one of them.