In the months following President Obama’s inaugurations, people like Jamie Foxx acclaiming Obama as our “savior” and many other references have been made proclaiming Obama as some sort of “messiah” after his election. This would lead some to believe that Obama and his followers use the Bible, our moral compass and example of Godliness and good, only when it serves them best.
Now MSNBC Political Analyst Michael Eric Dyson has made his Biblical denotation, equating Attorney General Eric Holder to being “the Moses of our time, and at least for this administration”.
Fascinating isn’t it? For a country whose media outlets spend more time reporting on stories where citizens are trying to have God and the Bible removed from the public eye, it seems somewhat misguided (or maybe just convenient) to put this administration on pedestals equal to men such as Jesus Christ and Moses, (whom God truly did ordain for life- changing events).
I understand we all use hyperbole at times to make our point. We do this when we feel especially strong about a person or topic and believe in it so intently we can’t find any other way to express “the tingling feeling going up our leg” (thank you Chris Matthews). But isn’t it a bit hypocritical to use references which you may not even understand or agree with in other circumstances, yet choose to use for your convenience?
In reviewing the grander moments in Moses’ life, I am not sure how one would be able to even come close to aligning Holder with Moses.
Moses was asked personally–from God in the form of a burning bush–to save the Israelites from Pharaoh. (Exodus 3) I wouldn’t ever want to venture a determination of Mr. Holder’s relationship with God; it is not my place, nor is it my place to question whether he prays or believes God has directed his actions in a variety of ways. But how do you make the correlation of Holder saving Americans from a dysfunctional, oppressive government, slavery, as Moses did, when Holder himself is an agent of the government? What examples do we have of Holder striving to secure our release from bondage, when instead his actions have caused many to be enslaved even more by the entrapment of government entitlements?
Pharaoh, long before Moses came to demand the release of the Israelites from slavery, had been afraid of those who believed in God and proved this by ordering the Egyptians to kill Hebrew boys. Moses was saved from this travesty by his mother’s bravery and grew up in Pharaoh’s home, raised by Pharaoh’s daughter (Exodus 2). Meanwhile, the Egyptian government remained threatened by those who placed their faith in God.
Through the behaviors of those in high political positions, America’s government today is showing these same characteristics of feeling threatened by the God given rights bestowed upon her citizens.
The First Amendment is one of the most precious freedoms our forefathers fought for in our rich history, yet this modern day “Moses” has trampled on freedom, by pursuing the limits of the press by positioning it in the form of safety from our enemies.
Obviously, Eric Holder and others in Washington feel more threatened by news organizations than by Chinese computer hackers. Does it truly matter what information is shared in the public if our enemies already have the plans for the weapons we would use to defend ourselves in times of aggression?
Let’s remind ourselves–the Moses of the Old Testament would not have tried to limit the God-given freedoms of the Israelites. He was fighting for their freedom from bondage, which is something “the Moses of our time” has done the opposite of.
A better description of Mr. Holder and others in the current administration might be “the Pharaoh of our time”. Those individuals and government entities that believe absolute control and intimidation are better ways of tamping down opponents, especially those who threaten their view of secularism with a view of God and Country.
Lois Lerner had no hesitation invoking her Fifth Amendment rights when brought before a Congressional hearing asking about her participation in IRS targeting of conservatives. Some of the people testifying described being subjected to extensive questioning and being asked to submit private information of their donors. The intentions of the IRS in asking for information and details not normally asked of groups—especially when the group’s name includes “Marriage” or “Coalition for Life”–would obviously connote the intention of attacking or withholding certain privileges from organizations whose goals and ideas are not in line with the federal government.
This type of harassment is not what this country was founded upon and is a prime example of the repression of freedom the Obama administration represents. When did conservative view points and stances become so disgusting to so many, that a House Representative would basically say it was the conservative group’s fault that they were targeted and harassed.
Representative Jim McDermott (D-Washington) was brazen enough to look conservative leaders in the face and say, “If you didn’t come in and ask for this tax break, you would have never had a question asked of you”. McDermott further stated that the groups were fine to have continued the way they were, “[saying] whatever you want in the world” but that asking for a tax-exempt status is “asking the American public to pay for [your] work”.
My response to Mr. McDermott is: Why isn’t Obama’s healthcare plan, which uses federal taxpayer dollars to support organizations who willingly offer abortions, eligible for the same strict interrogations?
It’s unfortunately simple. When God is involved and conservative beliefs and ideals are at play, Pharaoh decides God’s people must be held in bondage and remain there until the will to fight against the machine is broken into submission.
There is no real correlation between this administration and the true representation of characters in the Bible. They may be able to fool some of the people some of the time, but eventually the truth will be made known.