Eat Your Heart Out, Congressman! After the Food Stamp Vote, 10 Scripture Verses for Rep. Cramer

This weekend one of my elected representatives, Congressman Kevin Cramer (R-ND) responded to a constituent who questioned Rep. Cramer’s vote cutting our nation’s food stamp program by $40 billion with this quip: “2 Thessalonians 3:10 English Standard Version (ESV) 10 For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat.

The exchange reportedly occurred during a Facebook Q&A event and the post is now removed. Wiser people than I have written about the devastating cuts passed last week by the House of Representatives. Most significantly, they hurt the food security of our children, elderly, and veterans. (see Paul Krugman, Jim WallisBob Dole and Tom Daschle)

It strikes me, however, that Rep. Cramer appreciates quotes taken from the Bible without any concern for context. So, as a friendly North Dakotan, I’ve made him a handy list below!

[By the way, 2 Thessalonians, if you read the whole book, addresses a particular community that anticipated Christ’s imminent return—or perhaps believed it had already begun. Some in the community had stopped working because, Hey, Jesus is coming: party time!, but others encouraged them not to remain idle so that their neighbors would not look down on the new Christians with suspicion.]

Thus, solely for Rep. Cramer’s benefit and in gratitude to his worthy service to our state, I have decided to put aside my seminary training, to throw away even elementary Biblical awareness (and my snark guard), and make a list of completely random, out-of-context scriptural passages pertaining to food that might be massaged in any number of insidious inspiring ways. I hope the congressman keeps them close by in the event anyone asks for another comment on the food stamp cuts. Warning: don’t read on an empty stomach! 

After the Food Stamp Vote: 10 Scripture Verses for Congressman Cramer

  • “One person’s faith allows them to eat anything, but another, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables.” -Romans 14:2 (take that PETA!)
  • “Man of God, there is death in the pot!” -2 Kings 4:40 (bonus: also works for marijuana legislation)
  • “For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation” -1 Cor. 11:29 (basically a nice way of saying, “go to hell”)
  • “Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink.” –Colossians 1:16 (the ultimate dodge)
  • “Hast thou not poured me out as milk, and curdled me like cheese?” –Job 10:10 (well…hast thou?)
  • “Apple trees don’t bear strawberries, do they? –James 3:12 (sound logic, this)
  •  “Thou shalt bare to the tribune these ten small cheeses” -1 Samuel 17:18 (WTF?)
  • “Would you give your child a snake if the child asked for a fish?” –Matthew 7:10 (walleye, for sure)
  • “Thou didst eat fine flour, and honey and oil, and thou wast very beautiful.” –Ezekiel 16:13 (But hey, all good things must come to an end.)
  • “When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They’re out of wine.” –John 2:3 (Tragic! We need more Jesus–and wine.)

In closing, I’ll keep it simple: “Jesus wept.” -John 11:35

Comments

  1. Susan Rothenberg says:

    May I like this approximately 40 billion times?? I think your closing verse has it about right.

  2. Ten small cheeses seems about right.

  3. Kristen Larson says:

    it would be great if the church could step up to solve the hunger problem instead of our government. as christians, that is what we’re called to. on average, christians in america tithe 2% instead of 10%. just imagine.

    • Thanks, Kristen. I do think churches contribute really positively to alleviating hunger–and we have more to do. I also appreciate the important role over our government in supporting a humane safety net as well, especially for children, the elderly, veterans, and those who can’t hold down work. Thanks for reading!

    • gooey chewy says:

      Food stamps were created not to help the poor eat but to help farmers and corporations
      sell their food.

  4. Not to mention the fact that many food stamp recipients DO work. Facepalm

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  3. […] In justifying his vote, Kevin Cramer, Congressman from North Dakota, quoted 2nd Thessalonians 3:10 — “If anyone is not willing to work, let him go hungry.” I’m sure Mr. Cramer will be surprised to learn that many a socialist has echoed those words in history. And I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that he took those words out of context and separated them from their intended meaning. In 2 Thessalonians, Paul was writing against those who were so sure that Jesus was coming soon that they stopped working altogether, neglecting their jobs, their homes, their families, their responsibilities. Paul urged them to continue living in this world, even as they waited for the next.  (Adam Copeland) […]

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