Just like Jesus said in the Bible, poor people should either get a job, or starve. Except that would be the exact opposite of what Jesus said, or anything in the Bible for that matter.
Yet Pastor John Hagee doesn’t think the poor should be anyone’s problem. According to Right Wing Watch, the ultra-conservative pastor said:
“To the healthy who can work but won’t work, get your nasty self off the couch and go get a job!”
Hagee did preface this statement by saying the sick and elderly deserve care, but not the healthy poor.
In Matthew 25:35, Jesus said, “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me,” but it seems Hagee doesn’t think that applies to American politics.
Hagee continued to rant about America’s support of laziness, sourcing the Bible:
“The man who does not work, should not eat.’ I know the liberals hate that verse, but read it and weep! It’s God’s position.”
Hagee is referring to 2 Thessalonians 3:10. But like all good Bible cherry-pickers, he’s taking the verse out of context, as a more sophisticated reader noted on DailyKos:
In the previous chapter of his epistle, Paul warned about those who were teaching that the second coming was imminent (2 Thes. 2:2), and this had apparently misled some in Thessalonica into ceasing from earning a living, since they expected the Lord to return at any moment. Paul made it quite clear in chapter 2 that such teaching was in error, and he details events that must first take place before Christ could return (2 Thes. 2:3-12). This is why Paul did not live off the resources of the church in Thessalonica, because he was setting an example, to reinforce his teaching that the second coming was not near.
Watch Hagee’s rant.
So Hagee is assuring his followers that God wanted the poor to starve, regardless of the evidence in the Bible that God wanted nothing of the sort.
(h/t Raw Story; Featured photo: Screen grab via Right Wing Watch.)