Is there a charitable reading of this?

In the wake of last week's tragedy in Asia and the on-going assistance being offered to those who have suffered so greatly, Tom DeLay spoke these words from Matthew 7:21-27 at a Congressional Prayer Breakfast on Tuesday:


A reading of the Gospel, in Matthew 7:21 through 27.

Not every one who says to me, "Lord, Lord," will enter the kingdom of heaven; but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven.

Many will say to me on that day, "Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name? Did we not drive out demons in your name? Did we not do mighty deeds in your name?"

Then I will declare to them solemnly, "I never knew you: depart from me, you evil doers."

Everyone who listens to these words of mine, and acts on them, will be like a wise man, who built his house on a rock:

The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew, and buffeted the house, but it did not collapse; it has been set solidly on rock.

And everyone who listens to these words of mine, but does not act on them, will be like a fool who built his house on sand:

The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew, and buffeted the house, and it collapsed and was completely ruined.



And then he sat down.

I have been thinking about this since I first saw it posted by Atrios. DeLay is a shrewd politician. Why would he say this?

What do you make of this? Is there a more charitable interpretation of it than what I immediately feel, which is appalled at the use of this scripture and imagery at this moment? I will be consulting with those who know more than I about various Biblical interpretations, but I am curious about your thoughts.

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