One of my goals as a writer is to avoid engaging in the politicizing of Christianity. With the exception of some pieces about pacifism, which I regard as integral to my faith and the Great Commission, I try to steer clear of topics that are clearly (and often needlessly) polarizing.
Today, however, I am moved to cross my own boundary.
The Supreme Court has deemed in a 5-4 ruling that “Obamacare” is Constitutional. I am neither for nor against this legislation, as it solves some problems and creates others (as is the case with many laws). What disturbs me about this landmark decision is the reaction of those who oppose it.
First and foremost, “Obamacare” is not un- or anti-Christian. I am not aware of anything in Scripture or tradition that prohibits a government from passing any kind of legislation that deals with healthcare reform.
“But it allows for abortion,” some say. “It requires the offering of contraceptives,” others cry. These conditions already existed. These things are already law.
Is it going against the Lord or His commands to require that insurance companies stop the use of the dreaded “pre-existing condition” when assessing coverage? Is it a rebellion to allow young adults to remain on their parents’ insurance plans until age 26?
Second, it is not a sin to support President Obama. It isn’t even a sin to be a Democrat.
“But Jesus would vote Republican!” No, if Jesus were living here in America right now, He’d be ruling. Period.
Third, and shifting away from the issue of faith, “Obamacare” is not communism. Merriam-Webster defines “communism” as: a theory advocating elimination of private property; a system in which goods are owned in common and are available to all as needed. Private insurance is not being eliminated and if we are going to call the availability of medical care to all who need it, when they need it, communism, then I suppose we’d better stop supporting medical missions, pull the plug on all Mercy Ships and close emergency rooms nationwide.
This is a hugely complex issue, one that I do not even begin to fully understand. I know a knee-jerk response when I see one, though. If you oppose “Obamacare,” do so intelligently. Don’t fling about out-of-context Scripture. Don’t try and make God say something He doesn’t. Do your research, do your reasoning.
Grace and peace,