“Obama is not a brown-skinned anti-war socialist who gives people free healthcare. You’re thinking of Jesus.”
This bumper sticker, shared by George Takei today, means well. It wants to be clever. I can appreciate that.
Setting aside political motivations for a second, however, it is Biblically inaccurate.
First, and the most debatable, there is no definitive proof that Jesus was “brown-skinned.” Likewise, there is no proof that he is not, so that phrase must be eliminated:
“Obama is not an anti-war socialist who gives people free healthcare. You’re thinking of Jesus.”
Second, where did the anti-war part come from? Jesus led the battle in Heaven between Satan and the Father. He leads it still. Even those who readily throw away the supernatural could not have missed this “historical figure’s” command to his disciples to sell their coats and buy swords (Luke 22:36), or his statement that he “came not to send peace, but a sword” (Matthew 10:34). Strike “anti-war”:
“Obama is not a socialist who gives people free healthcare. You’re thinking of Jesus.”
Third, Socialism, a modern word, has different meanings, depending on who is slinging it. Those who want Jesus to be a Socialist can bend things around to prove it, as can those who don’t want Him to be. The term is useless. Do away with it:
“Obama is not someone who gives people free healthcare. You’re thinking of Jesus.”
Fourth, Jesus didn’t give “free” healthcare. Each of his miracles required work on the part of the recipient. The blind man had to put mud on his eyes. The lepers had to bathe in the river. The woman had to reach out and touch his cloak. The possessed man had to approach him, as did others. Even the dead girl was commanded to “arise.”
On the other side of the coin, Obama doesn’t provide free healthcare either. It comes at a cost. The Affordable Care Act is administered by the government, not the President. And very few citizens get it “free.”
“Obama is not Jesus.”
Much more accurate.