Note to Bernie Sanders: The God of the Bible Is NOT a Socialist
A Socialist goes to a conservative Christian college to make a speech. Sounds like the setup for a joke, doesn't it? But in the 2016 presidential campaign, the most free-wheeling, anything-goes stump season of any in recent memory, we shouldn't be the least bit surprised that it actually happened.
Bernie Sanders, the Independent senator from Vermont, who calls himself a socialist and is running for president as a Democrat, spoke at Liberty University (yep, that Liberty, the one founded by Jerry Falwell) on September 14. He received a warm welcome from the faculty, students, and visitors there, a far cry from the reception a conservative gets on a left-leaning campus.
I read the transcript of Sanders' speech, and it's actually not as terrible as one might think. He said some really good things; the problem, of course, lies in the remedy Sanders favors as opposed to how the majority of the student body at Liberty thinks.
I admire Sanders for his courage. He admits that:
...it is easy to go out and talk to people who agree with you. I was in Greensboro, North Carolina, just last night. All right. We had 9,000 people out. Mostly they agreed with me. Tonight, we're going to be in Manassas, and have thousands out and they agree with me. That's not hard to do. That's what politicians by and large do.
We go out and we talk to people who agree with us.
But it is harder, but not less important, for us to try and communicate with those who do not agree with us on every issue.
And it is important to see where if possible, and I do believe it is possible, we can find common ground.
Can you imagine Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama going out and speaking at a place like Liberty? Heck, can you imagine Donald Trump speaking somewhere where there might be a danger of the majority of the audience disagreeing with him?
Sanders said some wonderful things in his speech, including lines that garnered applause. He lamented the fact that too few Americans are taking care of the poor and destitute. Some of his words even echo the calls that pastors are making to their congregations to help what Jesus called "the least of these" in Matthew 25.