Say what you want about Bernie Sanders, he’s determined to get his message out to a wide swath of Americans, even evangelical Xians. What, you mean that Hillary Clinton isn’t courting the vote of Bible-believing types? The answer would be a resounding, “no!” But I don’t want to talk about Hillary today (or any other day, really).
On Monday, the socialist Sanders was on the campus founded by Moral Majority leader, Jerry Falwell. Falwell’s the guy that said this about terrorists and also, Larry Flynt had this to say about Falwell and his mother. I’m not sure how either is related, exactly. I do know that any progressive Democrat campaigning for president must assume that they’re not going to carry the evangelical voting bloc, so most don’t bother to address it, period. So kudos to the socialist, running as a Democrat!
An argument could be made that some of what Sanders touched down on during his visit to Liberty University falls under the banner of biblical principles. For instance, when he said that “money should serve the people,” and that “the people should not have to serve money and wealth,” it kind of sounded like 1 Timothy 6:10. That passage from the Bible reads, “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.”
There’s plenty in the New Testament attributed to Jesus about rich men with money not making it to the pearly gates, too. I like this one, which aligns well with what Sanders has been harping on, including his talk at Liberty.
“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money” (Matthew 6:24)
Seems like Sanders did his biblical prep work before coming to Liberty.
He even tossed some red meat into the mass of well-scrubbed millennials. What was that? The Twitter told me he said that “there is no justice in our country when youth unemployment exists at tragically high levels. Especially when college grads are leaving school with debt in excess of $100,000.
But when Sanders got going on social issues, I’m sure he lost a large segment—if not the majority—of the Liberty student body, although it’s worth noting the Liberty of 2015 isn’t the Liberty of, say, 1975. That’s when my former pastor, Dan Chamberland, graduated from Liberty. According to a post by a relative of one of the “fighting fundamentalists,” the late John R. Rice, Falwell’s school offers a watered down take on what it once was.
What, you didn’t know I was once a fundamentalist Xian? Yes, I was. And I rubbed elbows with a host of men like Pastor Chamberland, with much narrower views on marriage, gays, abortion, and race, than Sanders holds. Fundamentalist religion is funny like that.
Oh, yeah. And Bernie also gave the Liberty students a reminder of a lesson they probably heard in 4th grade—that it’s bad to discriminate against people based upon the color of their skin—and then, he diverged into blaming all White people for the sin of racism. I prefer ole’ Bernie on economics and the moneychangers, not his Marxist take on race and diversity.
But, give Bernie credit. He tried. That’s better than his chief Democrat rival, Mrs. Clinton. Perhaps she’s planning a visit to Liberty, or maybe even, Bob Jones University. I doubt it, but it’s a blast speculating.
Isn’t presidential politics more fun than a barrel full of monkeys?