Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Christians and Health Care Reform

OK, I'm gonna take a chance and wade into dangerous political waters here. The debate about Health Care Reform that's currently being discussed in Congress, at town hall meetings, in coffee shops, and over kitchen tables is an important one. I want to challenge you to think about what Jesus would say to you on this subject if he were in the conversation with you.

This is, I think, one of those times when Christians are tempted to compartmentalize our lives. "God, I'll give you my spiritual life but stay out of my politics." I know that I've been guilty of this, giving God part of my life but reserving other parts of it for myself. The truth is that God wants all of my life and He wants all of your life, too. He wants to wrestle with us on the tough and complex issues of life. The Health Care Reform debate before us right now certainly qualifies as tough and complex. Anyone who sees this issue as simple is not looking at it very closely. The ramifications of the decisions that will be made (or if no decision is made) are enormous.

Scripture speaks to our fiscal responsibilities, our personal responsibilities, and our responsibilities to care for others. It would be unfair and unreasonable of me to pick and choose what scriptures support my opinion. We must take into account the whole of what scripture says to get a good idea of what our responsibility is. The bottom line is that this is not even about your opinion or mine but rather it's about what God would have us do. Our opinions are influenced by our personal circumstances. If I have adequate health insurance and health care, my opinion on this subject is likely to be very different than if I have no health insurance and inadequate health care.

We can and should look to what Jesus taught us through his life but it's not as simple as looking up "Health Care Reform" in your concordance or Bible dictionary. This is where the wrestling comes into play. We must distance ourselves from our personal circumstances and from the views of those who just have the most visible platforms or loudest voices and listen to the still, small voice of God. You and I must seek God's wisdom on this and follow where He leads. You and I may not come to the same conclusion but, even so, we must approach this as a spiritual issue considering the counsel of scripture found in Proverbs 3:5-6 NLT.

Nothing personal but I'm not interested in your opinion on Health Care Reform nor should you be interested in my opinion. What is important is this: Has approaching this issue from a Christ-centered perspective made this issue easier for you to understand?

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