Rep. Tim Walberg, one of the more extreme members of the U.S. House of Representatives from Michigan, was one of the many wingnuts at the Watchmen on the Wall conference. In his talk, he quoted the Bible to show that Americans are “slaves” to all the stuff he doesn’t like.
The Michigan Republican told the story of the Israelites who returned to Jerusalem where they “read from the book of the law of the LORD” and collectively confessed their sins. Walberg quoted from the book of Nehemiah: “Behold, we are slaves today, and as to the land that you gave to our fathers to eat of its fruit and its bounty, behold we are slaves in it.”
“Does that bring to mind any other great nation in your frame of reference?” he asked.
“Just to jog your thoughts about that possible other nation that this could be a reference to: Slaves to materialism. Slaves to violence. Slaves to pornography. Slaves to debt. Slaves to sexual perversion. Slaves to gluttony. Slaves to drugs and drunkenness. Slaves to pleasure. Slaves to recreation. Slaves to sports. Slaves to selfishness. Slaves to laziness. Slaves to humanism. Slaves to government.”
I don’t think he knows what slavery is. The Bible says a lot of things about it, all of them positive. Maybe he should read more verses than this.