Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Rock Me Gently

President Obama has begun giving his remarks on the economy at Georgetown University.

In the prepared excerpts, Obama says steps taken so far are starting to show signs of progress but there is a hard road ahead. He cites a parable from the Sermon on the Mount about a man who built his house on a pile of sand and another who built his house on a rock.

The first man's house "was destroyed as soon as the storm hit," Obama says in the excerpts, and adds: "We cannot rebuild this economy on the same pile of sand. We must build our house upon a rock."
Biblical scholars may note one minor distinction, which is that the rock described by Christ wasn't too expensive to afford in the first place, and heavily mortgaged on the backs of future generations. The Bible actually urges folks to go the other way... to leave something for their grandchildren, rather than steal from them.

Also, the Rock in the Parable of the Two Builders is a metaphor for God. Not sure if the President is intentionally suggesting that his economic plan is divine, but it's interesting that he uses Scripture to make his point here, when some of his policies have flown in the face of that same source of instruction.

No word yet on the general population's reaction to B.O. using a Sunday School lesson to make his point. I'm fairly certain that if W. had made this reference there would have been much indignation and gnashing of teeth, so let's just stand by and see...

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