September 19, 2010

The Pool Report Parable

An early morning pool journalist issued a brief report on the Obama Family's morning activities:
OBAMA GOES TO CHURCH!

Sent: Sun Sep 19 09:01:22 2010
Subject: Sunday pool report 1

The first family left the White House on foot this morning for the 9am choral holy eucharist service and sermon at St John's Church Lafayette Square.

The Obamas walked out of the residence at 8.49am and crossed the park to the nearby Episcopal church.

The president was wearing a dark suit and held Sasha Obama's hand. She was wearing a blue dress and cream cardigan. Michelle and Malia Obama were wearing cream-colored dresses. (Check photos for accuracy of descriptions. It's sunny and pool was at a distance.)

The service sheet doesn't indicate what the sermon is on but the gospel is Luke 16:1-13, which ends 'You cannot serve God and wealth.'

Lafayette Park and Pennsylvania Avenue in front of White House were closed to the public.
I happened upon the link at Drudge, and the article is not attributed to a specific journalist.  

Luke 16:1-13 is called many different names, 'Parable of the Dishonest Steward' and 'Parable of the Prudent Steward', among them.  If those titles seem to be at odds with one another, and you are not familiar with the passage, you might be a little confused.  In the parable, the steward, having been caught squandering his master's resources, has been fired and told to turn over the financial records of his mismanagement.  Before turning over the records, he goes to his master's largest debtors and reduces what they owe, thinking that such treatment might result in one of them giving him a job.  What he did was dishonest, but shrewd, and the manager commends him for it.

The Obama parallels are stunning.  Many people, Biblical scholars among them, interpret the passage to mean that it is a good idea to use worldly wealth to gain friends and influence people (as long as you are doing it to the glory of God).  They somehow gloss over verses 10-12:
 10"Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. 11So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? 12And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else's property, who will give you property of your own?
It is foolish to think that Blowie will see any self-truths in the parable.  If anything, I am sure he sees himself as the master, if not the messiah. 

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