One of our good readers, Rick, made some comments yesterday that I both reacted to and rejoiced in. In the end, I agreed with him that the discussion needed to be directed more toward our purpose here at Internet Monk — to promote a Jesus-shaped Christianity.
“…It was just that I didn’t see any of Christ or the cross entering into the discussion, which troubled my spirit a bit. It also seemed to me that intentionally bringing Christ and the cross into it could make for some healthy (and dare I say “unifying”?) discussion and maybe some wisdom in how to talk about this with people who believe differently than we do.”
I like that. Therefore, the goal of this post today is to “intentionally [bring] Christ and the cross” into our discussion about healthcare in the U.S.
One reason I don’t like to talk about politics is that it tends to overwhelm people’s faith. What I mean is that we don’t always know how to bring our faith in Jesus to bear on our political views. As a result, we have a lot of people who are more conservative (politically) than Christian, liberal (politically) than Christian, and if you examine things closely, in the end it’s really more about my convictions as an American than it is about living out my faith in Christ.
When it comes right down to it, of course, the Bible does not speak directly to the issue of how we provide health care to the people of the United States. The Bible doesn’t have anything to say directly about democracy, big or small government, the free market, insurance companies, or American political parties.
So, I simply want to know today (for the Christians who are commenting): how does your faith in Jesus shape your views on this issue?
- If you look at Jesus first,
- if you take time to think about the Story of the Bible and what it tells us about loving God and loving our neighbor,
- if you consider what wisdom it gives us regarding God, life, people, nations, faith, finances, good works, and other matters related to faith,
- if you think about the new creation that is coming and understand that what we do in this world is planting seeds for God’s new world to come,
then, how do such considerations shape your view and how should they shape our discussion and our contribution as Christians to a political issue like providing a good health care system for all people in the U.S.?