Tuesday, January 04, 2011

If not us, then whom?

The U.S. House Republicans are claiming they will repeal the new comprehensive health care law passed last year by our government. Some people claim it is not our duty to be sure that everyone in America receives health care. Some people claim that it is too expensive for their business. Some people don't like the fact that lots of people will get coverage even though they don't have a job.

But with Americans increasingly experiencing the gap between the rich and the poor, with less jobs available for our youth, and certainly with less good paying jobs available, I ask WHO is going to ensure that our nations sick, our nations young mothers, our nations elderly can get decent medical care?

If it is not us, then WHOM? Either we are serious about the ways of Jesus Christ, or we are nothing but fakes. In such case, it is no wonder that hurting and broken people fail to see our witness. Until we decide to become disciples of Jesus Christ, our voice has no value (whether we are forgiven or not).

Until we believe our neighbors are worthy of our monies, can we be serious disciples of Jesus Christ regardless how many times a week we attend 'church'?

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Randy,
Where in the Bible would you go to support the idea that it's a good thing for the government to require me to buy insurance I don't want?
Where in the Bible would you go to support the idea that it's good to force one person to pay for another's services, even if they don't want to?
Did the good Samaritan get the government to extract money from others against their will in order to pay the bill for the travelers injuries?

randy buist said...

To answer your questions Anonymous:

The government already does that with car insurance. They also require me to do and pay lots of things that I don't want to do. This is nothing new. Because I don't like to do something, does not make it wrong on the part of the government.

We're not required biblically to care for others if we don't want to follow the ways of Jesus. At the same time, if we don't care for people, then we are not followers of Jesus.

Without quoting verses, these linger on my mind: ~Whatever you do to the least of these, you do to me.
~ Love your neighbor as yourself.
~ He who does not love, does not know God.

I suggest a reading of the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew, Phil. 2, or the book of James for a start.

In reality, we like our money more than we want to care for our neighbors. In reality, we like our money more than we want to follow the ways of Jesus Christ. This is really my frustration...

randy buist said...

Anonymous,
I didn't publish your most recent comment. Sorry, but I didn't find it helpful to this discussion.

We need to begin our understanding of God from a biblical perspective rather than from a political understanding.

So you know for the future: Your $18,000 a year income gets you health insurance for you and your family.

Blessings tonight.

Anonymous said...

Randy,
My income gets me insurance that i don't want, and someone else is FORCED to pay for it.
My comment wasn't helpful because it's biblical.

randy buist said...

From the biblical text, John the disciple who Jesus loved, writes: Dear friends, let us love one another. Anyone who is born of God knows God. He who does not love, does not know God."

From Phil. 2: If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

IF we care for the interest of our neighbor, and if we have the financial resources to do so, then helping them get good medical attention IS biblical.

Simply because our government helps make it happen doesn't make it unbiblical. Following your argument, anything the government does with our tax dollars is illegal and ungodly which makes absolutely no sense.

Yes, I believe the richest nation in the world should provide decent medical care for all of its people. Yes, I believe taxes can be a good thing. Yes, I am in the upper portion of taxpayers who will pay more as a result of caring for those will less than me.

BUT, I can never forget, "Whatever you do to the least of these you do to me."

If it is my government or my church or my school or my neighborhood or any other group, politician, or non-profit I support, I desire that the forgotten are not forgotten.

It's our biblical mandate as followers of Jesus.