healthcare and heartache.

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

3 thoughts on “healthcare and heartache.

  1. Totally. I appreciate people trying to prognosticate and hoping for the best. And I’m a-ok with people speculating about food prices and the like.

    But we should put on all humility, make suggestions, and ask for considerations in lieu of spewing vitriolic language and demanding that our prognostication is the only correct one.

    It’s utter foolishness.

    A great reminder to be loving and humble and focus on what really matters.

  2. David says:

    If Christians really understood the gospel and what Jesus taught, we’d realize that it’s not the government’s responsibility to take care of the poor and needy. The government shouldn’t have to provide for them because the church should already be doing it. But we don’t like to talk about that because that doesn’t really help the attendance numbers.

  3. Amy says:

    Hey sweetie,

    In so many ways, you are wise beyond your years 🙂 I am definitely NOT in favor of this healthcare bill because of the government’s forced intrution in to the lives of the citizens of this country. I can oh so easily see the jump to their involvement in my religion–scary in some ways. But, as I posted on my facebook, I am so thankful to be serving the God who is bigger than all of this. I can only do what he has called me to do, and that is to LOVE as He has loved me. Hate can have no part in that. I do not like many of the politicians in Washington, but I do my best to love and pray for them as individuals, as God’s precious children, because He loved them enough to die for them too. And deep down, I just feel like we as a church body have failed…..if we had taken care of those around us, there would be no need for the government to even worry about their care.

    I could go on, but that’s enough for now. I miss seeing your smiling face in Georgia!

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