It is time – well past time – in point of fact, for evangelicals across this land to take a stand against the very party they support consistently: the Republicans. No, I am not trying to proselytize anyone reading this, as many who follow my work already know, but am holding to account those of us who say we are evangelical Christians.
Since passing their procedural hurdle in the Senate, the GOP is throwing every alternative to the ACA in bill form up against the wall to see which one sticks. It is absolutely disgusting at this point. They have had seven freaking years. This just proves conservative’s disdain for the current law had nothing to do with it, but everything to do with their hatred of all things Obama. Seven freaking years. 2555 days. 15,330 hours.
Not a single viable solution. They have worked relentlessly to cripple and destabilize, thereby sabotaging the current law from day one of enactment, versus implementing the darned thing in the manner it was intended to be enacted. Make no mistake: This is the exact same party where “White Evangelicals” voted overwhelming for the man by a margin of 81% to 19%. Think on that one, folks. Evangelicals across this land supported a guy who is a womanizer, a person who groped women only to brag about it and ripped people off from their hard earned money, along with a host of other unsavory deeds that would make Jesus weep.
Also, think on this: that same man promised “insurance for everybody,” when asked repeatedly. Now? Not so much. His latest statement to the media as they bragged how the GOP alternative failed, was “Let Obamacare fail… I’m not going to own it.”
Now, he just wants – nay, needs – a legislative win. Why? One word: Russia. Oh, and add “diversion” to that one.
As a pastor who is licensed and ordained, and having served in one of the most conservative of denominations across this land – Southern Baptist – I find myself wondering, “whether those within the evangelical community still believe it was worth their vote?” Or, do they feel like Judas Iscariot this morning, wanting to give the Republicans and the occupant of our Oval Office the kiss of betrayal? If not, how can they justify their continued support? The words of Jesus in Matthew 25:40 are clear for those professing belief, especially in public: “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me.'”
The entire lot of them needs to be tossed out of office with no ability to extend their respective health coverage. I mean, they are the party of values, right? Perhaps then they will have a bit of empathy for those who are in situations where if they were to have their insurance ripped away from them, they would either go broke, die, or both.
Again: they have caused and continue to cause the problems with the ACA. The GOP. Not the law itself. These people complaining in certain states about the inadequacies of the law are totally correct. But, if we are going to be honest with one another — something I highly recommend at this critical juncture of our current political landscape — we cannot ignore how Republicans first legislatively blocked funding for the risk corridors (only for Marco Rubio to brag about it during the presidential debates) then sued and won against the previous administration over the law. They decided our nation is one where health care is not a right — but a privilege — all the while screaming out loud how they would “repeal and replace Obamacare.”
Perhaps it is ourselves, as Evangelicals and Christians, that we need to blame here, huh? Because the truth of the matter is we have become not only a society which relies upon rugged individualism but also a society that believes “churches” can pick up the tab. Never mind how just one of these illnesses with one person, would put a rural church “out of business.” I ought to know, as I served two of these churches. Or, never mind what occurs when the economy turns south, as it did in 2008, due to bad policy including extensive tax breaks for the wealthiest in our land, while victimizing those in need; even those in need of food.
So please: I am sick and tired of folks within our Christian faith asking people outside our churches, “what would Jesus do?” You see? We don’t get to ask that question when we blindly support a party and man who wants to rip health insurance away from an estimate of 22 to 32 million people across this land.
And despite all of the above, the Senate was decided by Americans who comprise the electorate. No way of accusing them of gerrymandering in this, as they did congressional districts, folks. They control the Senate because the people sent them there. Worse? Again: 81% of White Evangelicals voted for the man.
What does it say about “us,” as citizens, folks? More importantly, what does it say, when we who profess belief in a God others cannot see, nor want anything to do with, go around publicly telling them how badly they need to experience Christ, but then support an initiative, such as this? The disconnect could not be more potent.
We are as George Barna discovered in his recent research, and, by those who participated in his study, acting more like the religious rulers of Jesus’ day – the Pharisees – than we are like Him. And remember what Jesus had to say about those pharisees, in Matthew 23:27, folks?
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside, but on the inside are full of dead men’s bones and every impurity.” Those of us who insist on making our profession public, must take a stand: now. The sooner; the better. Why? Because each day we have people within our demographic still extolling the praises of this man, we lose another day of credibility. “No man can serve two masters,” remember?
Remember: James 2:9 tells us, “But if you show partiality, you are committing a sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors.” This law proposes tax breaks to the wealthiest while ripping health care insurance away from millions of people. Is this not a potent example of “partiality?”
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