It’s apparent that Sherrod Brown’s understanding of Christianity is limited. In this op-ed, Sen. Brown quotes from the 25th chapter of the Gospel of Matthew:
As usual, President Donald Trump and far too many in Congress, self-professed Christians all, ignore the wisdom of Matthew 25: When did we ever see you hungry and not feed you? When did we ever see you sick and not help? The Lord answered, whenever you failed to do one of these things to someone who was being overlooked or ignored, that was me, you failed to do it for me.
Sen. Brown then continued to attempt to make his point, saying “This government shutdown is the latest example of how President Donald Trump has overlooked, ignored and betrayed American workers. Nearly 800,000 federal employees are going without a paycheck. President Trump said his shutdown has a “higher purpose than next week’s pay.” Tell that to the Transportation Security Administration agents I met in Cleveland, with children to feed and rent coming due.”
First, these workers are well-compensated. These families aren’t living paycheck-to-paycheck. Next, shame on politicians who use Scripture to win political fights. It’s time for Democrat politicians to stop misusing the Bible. The Bible was written to instruct us how to live Godly lives. It wasn’t written to help politicians win political fights.
They’re paid too little to begin with, often $12 or $15 an hour. Now thousands of these workers can’t work and aren’t getting paid, thanks to President Trump, and unlike direct government employees, they have no way of making up those lost hours and lost wages. Unless Congress acts, many of these workers won’t receive back pay when the government finally reopens. I’m working with my colleagues on legislation to fix that.
Sen. Brown knows that these workers will get back pay. President Trump, along with Republican senators like Lindsey Graham and Ted Cruz, have stated that federal employees will get backpay. Sen. Brown is intentionally being deceptive.