When your video gets posted to the front page of YouTube – thousands upon thousands of people will be able to see your video. That’s exactly what happened with my latest video. There are a LOT of comments. Over 500 of them and counting. A lot of it was hateful (e.g. racial slurs), personal (e.g. off-color remarks about my family) , and poorly written (e.g. lots of swearing). This is to be expected whenever anyone gets a video featured on YouTube. But, admittedly, this video got a bit more flak than other featured videos.
I think the reason for that is because I touched upon a nerve. I have tried to make all my videos as non-partisan as possible, but in this video I tried to address the issue of some politicians using the Bible selectively to support their policies. Some politicians will quote the Bible verbatim to justify policies in stem cell research, gay marriage, and abortions. But what about fighting poverty?
What about 1 John 3:17? In it says: “If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?”. Or what about Ezekiel 16:49? In that it says: “Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy.” Or how about Proverbs 14:31? Where it says: “He who oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God.”
I’m not saying that religion should or should not enter politics. That’s for a democracy to decide. But, if religion is going to enter politics – which it often does – than it shouldn’t be used selectively or cherry-picked.