Obama Uses Sermon on the Mount to Elevate Speeches
WASHINGTON â€” In a 2006 speech here, then-Sen. Barack Obama said Jesus' Sermon on the Mount was so "radical" the Defense Department wouldn't survive its application. Earlier this month, the new president suggested the economy couldn't get along without it.
In the middle of a nuts-and-bolts speech at Georgetown University on economic policy, Obama overtly cited the sermon's parable of two men, one of whom builds his house on rock, the other on sand. "We cannot rebuild this economy on the same pile of sand," the president said. "We must build our house upon a rock."
The reference to Jesus' most famous â€” and notoriously challenging â€” sermon quickly drew attention from the media, some of whom labeled the speech "Obama's Economic Sermon on the Mount."...
"Elevating" is a misnomer for what Obama is doing, because it is nothing less than twisting the Word of God to mean something that it really doesn't.
"Every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the Day of Judgment" (Matthew 12:36)
"And consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation: even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given to him has written to you; Pas also in all his letters, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are uninstructed and unstable twist, as they do also the other Scriptures, toward their own destruction." 2 Peter 3:15,16
Gil Rugh said or, wrote: Christ's "Sermon on the Mount" was given in the context of this coming kingdom. In this message He described and identified who will be in that kingdom. He makes clear that what is needed to enter the kingdom is perfect righteousness and that is only possible by the salvation He would provide. It was a message given to the nation of Israel, but it is applicable to all Gentiles who will also enter the kingdom. What will characterize all who will dwell in it is what will characterize all who repent and believe Christ's gospel.
With these characteristics, believers down through the age of the Church, become identifiable as Jesus described what a saved person looks like, inwardly and outwardly. This sermon wasn't telling anyone what to do to please God, but was rather to tell what affect genuine faith has on a life.