When Obama, Bush use Bible rhetoric, does anyone catch it?
Woe is me: If you want to be all things to all people, remember that many are called but few are chosen.
If those phrases have a familiar ring, they should: They come from the Bible and have entered the secular lexicon. The nation's left-right culture wars have heightened such use of biblical phrases as rivals try to invoke heavenly punch and challenge your Bible IQ.
For one, President Barack Obama has said that opponents of his health care proposals are "bearing false witness" against his ideas, recalling the commandment against lying.
That gave Obama's rhetoric a dose of divine imperative, according to Timothy Beal, a college religion professor who has written a book connecting popular references to biblical stories. Biblical Literacy: the Essential Bible Stories Everyone Needs to Know was published in October....
On January 20, 2001, President George W. Bush during his first inaugural address faced the obelisk known as the Washington Monument and twice referred to an angel that "rides in the whirlwind and directs this storm." His reference was credited to Virginia statesman John Page who wrote to Thomas Jefferson after the Declaration of Independence was signed, saying, "We know the race is not to the swift nor the battle to the strong. Do you not think an angel rides in the whirlwind and directs this storm?‚Äô‚Äô
Five weeks after the inaugural, on Wednesday, February 28, Congressman Major R. Owens of New York stood before the House of Representatives and prayed to the "Angel in the Whirlwind." He asked the spiritual force to guide the future and fate of the United States. Twenty-eight weeks later (for a total of 33 weeks from the inaugural‚ÄĒa number invaluable to mysticism and occult franternities), nineteen Islamic terrorists (according to the official story) attacked the United States.
When Bush was giving his second inaugural speech four years later, he again offered cryptic commentary, saying.....
Ah, if only Mr. Bush took notice of the following when he was President!
Proverbs 17 27 He who restrains his words has knowledge, And he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding. 28 Even a fool, when he keeps silent, is considered wise; When he closes his lips, he is counted prudent.---NASB