I’ve been struggling so much lately with the reactions I hear to the new healthcare bill.
I do want to start by saying that I honestly do appreciate passion. I admire the passionate people in my life, and I do think that a strong passion for justice and a healthy government system was given to some people for an incredible purpose. I would never want to extinguish that in people in any way.
I realize that I have little life experience and even less knowledge about politics, but I do know God’s heart. I know His love and His grace, because He’s been more than forgiving and graceful to me. It really does break my heart to hear the words coming out of the mouths (and facebooks, and twitter pages) of people who openly claim to know this same grace. My political views are completely irrelevant to this post, and with that said, I can’t help but think about the way Jesus handled politics. He was so concerned about people and their hearts that there was no room for defaming the authorities of the time, as corrupt as they were.
It makes me so sick to hear exaggerated claims made by people that I genuinely respect and look up to. How could anyone say that food prices will definitely go up or the government will keep getting bigger, etc, when it hasn’t happened yet? I just don’t understand the need for all the hatred toward something that hasn’t even been proven successful or hurtful to our country yet. And I definitely think it’s pathetic for people who follow Christ to use Obama’s beliefs as an excuse to hate. Stop trying to bring the people around you to your level of anger, and pray for ones who you see as your persecutors.
Please, please remember –
“And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” Col. 3:14