I wish the Affordable Health Care Act could work, I really do.
I am frustrated!
Political propaganda has so twisted fundamental Christian principles I almost feel like a bad guy for wanting to help the poor and destitute!
I also can’t help it. The dream, as lofty as it is, that everyone could be given medical care really does sound appealing.
I am saying this as a middle-class, registered Republican who also is responsible for over thirty employees through a church and two childcares.
I also represent a family that has been blindsided by the reality of the Affordable Care Act. We lost the coverage we had and wanted to keep. We were also the family who was offered a much more expensive “comparative” plan.
As I cringed at the ridiculous price increase, I honestly thought if I knew the money really would directly help poor, destitute families, I would give it! I love the concept; I just don’t trust the system. Taking care of the poor should never be used as political propaganda, yet that’s exactly what has happened.
Here is the huge danger we face! In our frustration with a struggling political system we may unintentionally turn our backs against real people. People who really do need support, encouragement, and yes even their physical (medical included) needs met!
I want to give educational opportunities and medical care to children who have very little hope and resources. I don’t want to enable generational poverty; I want to empower people to really break free from it. I fully believe it is wrong to turn our backs on those who are truly destitute. This is what may happen if we become myopic because of the politics.
Yes, I get it. The Affordable Care Act is flawed, but the desire to help those in true need should never be abandoned. If you find yourself like me, torn between good principles and bad politics, let me offer a suggestion…
Don’t let political frustration stop you from loving real people! Be the tangible example of what love should look like. Proactively seek out local organizations that really do help those in need. Why local? Because you can go see for yourself exactly how your money is being spent and even serve alongside them! Accountability is much higher.
I pray somebody someday can create plans for the healthcare problems that actually work economically, but I refuse to turn my back on the hurting in the middle of this season of political insanity. You can disagree with HOW a political party wants to help people, but please don’t ever stop actually loving them. I believe no amount of pseudo-spiritual, esoteric “knowledge” should ever grant a Christian the freedom from tangibly being the hands and feet of Jesus.
So vote for what you believe in as an American citizen, but remember first and foremost you are to represent Jesus well, not just to the rich and powerful, but to the poor and destitute! That’s right, This holiday season represent Jesus well to the poor and destitute too!
Pull out the old dusty Bible and read James 1:27 and Matthew 25:40.
Here is the sermon this came out of.
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