Hint: Because they are false teachers.
False teachers* love the argument from silence that I blogged about yesterday, where they justify homosexual behavior and abortion because they think Jesus didn’t specifically forbid those.** Therefore, they reason that those issues can’t be important.
But I’ve noticed they don’t use that line of thinking on their pet solutions, such as wealth redistribution or universal healthcare. After all, Jesus never said to ask Caesar to take from neighbor A to give to neighbor B and call it generosity on your part. Yet here is false teacher Chuck Currie, claiming to care about the “least of these” (when not endorsing their destruction in the womb): Paul Ryan Tries To Spin Letter From Roman Catholic Archbishop; Religious Leaders Remain Opposed To GOP Budget.
Yes, budgets are moral documents. And it is immoral to borrow from those who can’t vote or haven’t even been born to sooth your guilty, selfish conscience.
If these fakes want to use the argument from silence on issues like homosexual behavior and abortion, then show them how it applies to their issues as well.
On what other favorite issues do they fail to use the argument from silence?
*False teachers are people like Jim “the Gospel is all about wealth redistribution” Wallis and Chuck “Jesus is not the only way” Currie.
** That argument fails on many levels: Arguing from silence is a logical fallacy, Jesus inspired all scripture, He supported the Old Testament law to the last letter, the “red letters” weren’t silent on these topics in the sense that they reiterated what marriage and murder were, He emphasized many other important issues that these liberal theologians completely ignore (Hell, his divinity, his exclusivity, etc.), He was equally “silent” on issues that these folks treat as having the utmost importance (capital punishment, war, welfare, universal health care, etc.), He didn’t specifically mention child abuse and other obvious sins though that wouldn’t justify them, and abortion and homosexual behavior simply weren’t hot topics for 1st century Jews. See What Jesus didn’t say for more.