Call yourself a Christian? Then you can't oppose whatever welfare programs the Democrats devise. So in effect argued Al Sharpton on his MSNBC show this evening.
In the course of criticizing House Republicans for having passed a bill reaffirming "In God We Trust" as the national motto, Sharpton somehow equated Christianity with support for the liberal agenda. And although I'm the opposite of an expert on Christian theology, he also came up with a formulation on faith and works that might be surprising to some Protestants. Video after the jump.
Watch Rev. Al suggest that being a good Christian requires supporting liberal welfare programs.
AL SHARPTON: Now a lot of people on the right are trying to put this around the blogosphere that the president doesn't mention God. And clearly they're trying to play now towards this real right-wing, religious-right kind of thing, which I think is unfortunate. And that's why I wanted to raise it. I'm glad you are, Reverend Cleaver, because clearly, you and I and many Christians have firm belief. But it's based on your work. You can't use God and Christianity, and then turn around and vote against trying to feed the hungry, care for the outcast, clothe the naked. Your action: faith without works is a dead thing. They need to read the Bible that they quote.