Cherry-Picking the Bible to Justify Socialism


The Democrat (socialist) Party reminds me of Wile E. Coyote, the nemesis of Road Runner, who continued to seek out ACME products to enable him to catch the Road Runner. Each time, the new attempts were to no avail.

The left has had boxes shipped to them marked “Russian collusion,” “Racism, Recession, and Reparations,” and a number of others . . . and all are failing, just as with the coyote. They have no policy initiatives other than free and open borders, which are also failing. So, when all is lost, what does the left now turn to? Yes, let’s quote the Constitution and the Bible to advance socialism.

You heard me correctly, the party that booed God back at their National Convention in 2012 in Charlotte now wants to “cherry-pick” the Bible to promote socialism. The party that embraces such unconstitutional policies such as sanctuary states and cities for illegal immigrants, now wants to quote from our rule of law? It all happened at the recent Democrat (socialist) Party meeting, held in that bastion of constitutionalism and Christianity, San Francisco.

According to the Washington Free Beacon:

A speaker at the Democratic National Committee Summer Meeting said if free health care is labeled “socialism” by Republicans, then they should “acknowledge that the Bible must then promote socialism.”

“When we embrace moral language, we must ask does our policy care for the least of these? Does it lift up those who are most marginalized and dejected in our society? Does it establish justice? That is the moral question,” said Rev. William Barber, who has spoken at several DNC meetings. “If someone calls it socialism, then we must compel them to acknowledge that the Bible must then promote socialism, because Jesus offered free health care to everyone, and he never charged a leper a co-pay.”

DNC chair Tom Perez and others in the audience gave a standing ovation before Barber took a shot at Republicans, saying, “If you want to have a moral debate, bring it on, baby.”

“The Bible says a nation will be judged by how it treats the poor and the sick and women and the immigrants,” Barber said. “The Bible says that God makes it rain on the just and unjust alike. If you want to call caring for folks socialism, then the Constitution is a socialist document because it calls us to promote the general welfare and to establish justice.”

Well, as a Christian constitutional conservative I must admit, this absurdity is very comical, to say the least. So here we go:

First of all, it is rather perplexing that the people who are incessantly raving about “separation of church and state” are invoking the Bible, and Jesus Christ, to promote socialism. How often do we hear the progressive socialist left condemn Christians for attempting to create a “theocracy,” most recently Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez? But, you rarely hear leftists condemn Islamo-fascists for their theocracy, which, by the way, persecutes Christians.

I found it quite interesting that Rev. Barber failed to mention this Bible verse from 2 Thessalonians 3:10 (New International Version), “For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.” Hmm, maybe Rev. Barber does not seek a scripturally based argument, but rather he prefers to just ad-lib his way through by making the insidious assertion that Jesus Christ did not ask for a “co-pay.” I kinda think it a tad bit blasphemous to compare Jesus Christ, the Son of God, to a health insurance company.

Rev Barber, sir, a moral debate, absolutely. I would be happy to join you in such an intellectual engagement. I would present to you this Bible verse:

Deuteronomy 30:15,19 (New International Version):
“15 See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction. 19 This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.”

Or perhaps this:

Proverbs 6:15-16 (New International Version):
“16 There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him: 17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood,18 a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, 19 a false witness who pours out lies, and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.”

Uh, Pastor, and I use that term loosely, perhaps you did not realize that you were speaking at the meeting of a political party that supports murdering unborn babies in the womb.

As well, according to New York Governor Cuomo, it is a party that embraces infanticide, in other words, the Canaanite god of child sacrifice, Moloch. As a Black “pastor” how do you reconcile knowing that since 1973, Roe V Wade, 20 million black babies have been murdered in the womb? I suppose you are okay with the progressive socialist left’s support of Planned Parenthood’s founder, Margaret Sanger?

Yes sir, Reverend Barber, I am more than happy to have a “moral” debate with you.

I suppose the good Reverend Barber has no issue with the Democrat (socialist) position on gender? You know, we are now up to some 71 different genders. Obviously, Rev. Barber is comfortable telling the Judeo-Christian God that He was all wrong with just Adam and Eve?

While we are at it, Rev. Barber, God only asks for 10 percent in the Old Testament, so I guess since the Bible supports socialism, according to your “Common Core theology,” it is okay for progressive socialists to demand seven to nine times more than God with 70-90 percent tax rates. Hmm, I would prefer God’s tax rate over that of the progressive socialist left, wouldn’t you?

Lastly, Rev. Barber, Christianity — Jesus Christ — is based upon individual reconciliation, salvation and the grace of God. No one can collectively enter into the kingdom of Heaven, at least that is what I read in Romans. Socialism dismisses the existence of the individual, they have no rights, no liberties. There is only the collective determination, equality of outcomes, as dictated by man, secular humanists, the folks you had standing and cheering you.

2 Corinthians 3:17 (New International Version):
“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”

My spiritual liberty does not come from the DNC. And, as written by the father of classical liberalism, John Locke, my individual inalienable rights of life, liberty, and property are natural rights from my Creator, not Tom Perez, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Pete Buttigieg, Robert Francis O’Rourke, or any of this progressive socialist crew of collectivists.

Ain’t it funny how the progressive socialist left seeks out certain “Reverends” — Barber, Sharpton, and Jackson — to parrot their talking points by leveraging the Bible? My advice is that we dismiss these charlatans.

The Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy about folks like William Barber in 2 Timothy 4:3-4 (New International Version):

“For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.”

Editor’s Note: This column previously appeared at The Old School Patriot. Used with the permission of the author.

Lt. Col. Allen B. West is the former U.S. Congressman representing Florida’s 22nd District, a Fox News Contributor, a contributing columnist for, the former Executive Director of the National Center for Policy Analysis in Dallas Texas, and the author of Guardian of the Republic: An American Ronin’s Journey to Faith, Family and Freedom. Col. West is the third of four generations of military servicemen in his family. During his 22 year career in the United States Army, he was awarded the Bronze Star, 3 Meritorious Service Medals, 3 Army Commendation Medals (1 with Valor device), and a Valorous Unit Award. In 1993 he was named the US Army ROTC Instructor of the Year. Col. West believes it will be principled constitutional conservative policies, not politics, which will secure a sound economic future for Americans.