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Thursday, November 05, 2009

What Would Jesus Think of the Healthcare Debate

As we've seen in the news and read online quite a bit lately, there have been protests all across this country over recent months, against the democrats attempt at healthcare reform. One of the interesting things about these protesters is they identify themselves as patriots and Christians. The NY Times recently had an article about one of the protests, no different from any other article on the subject. After reading it, I scrolled down to the comments section and read this one from someone referencing the bible.

Then Jesus will turn to those on His left hand and say, “Depart from me because I was hungry and you did not feed me, I was thirsty and you did not give me to drink, I was sick and you did not visit me.” These will ask Him, “When did we see You hungry, or thirsty or sick and did not come to Your help?” And Jesus will answer them, “Whatever you neglected to do unto one of these least of these, you neglected to do unto Me!”

I think if Jesus were alive today he would not be very happy with the direction these so-called Christians have taken his teachings. Most of the protesters are older, predominantly white, and self-identified as Christians. These protesters are represented in the government by older, predominantly white, self-identified Christians, aka the party of no.

If Jesus were a member of congress, how would he vote on the healthcare bill?

3 comments:

Rooster said...

That's a great question to ask. I agree with you.

The entire Gospel talks about how people of all classes would come to Jesus to be healed. Jesus healed them. That sounds like universal healthcare to me.

Jesus also calls for us to live like Him. Of course, not one is righteous, but we need to get as close as we can.

If Christians say NO to universal healthcare, then they are turning away those who are thirsty, hungry, and sick.

I may not agree 100% with the healthcare bill, but it's a huge step in the right direction and I think it's a step we need to take. I, for one, don't want to be responsible for a single person to go hungry, thirsty, or sick (or worse) because I didn't want to spend an extra buck. That would be putting myself before others... And that is the exact opposite of what the God wants me to be.

So, here is one Christian that will join you in this fight.

CM said...

Thanks man. Now the two of us just need to get elected to congress.

I'm not 100% in favor of it as is either, but better than what is currently in place, trumps doing nothing at all. Laws can always be modified as time goes on to meet changing needs.

rooster said...

I tried writing myself in as a congressional nomimee last time, but oddly enough... I never heard anything back. Rude.