Feeling Disheartened

by - Monday, September 30, 2013

"Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted.  But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed." Isaiah 53: 4-5

From what I can tell, in Matthew Jesus heals a servant, an elderly woman, at least two young women, and crowds of other unnamed people. A servant and Peter's mother-in-law? I wouldn't think these are the people society would have seen as particularly valuable. I will never, ever, ever understand how a political party that (wrongly) hangs their hat on an investment in the Word of God can simultaneously feel that the poor and helpless don't deserve medical care.

 No. Just no. Not to mention they are shutting down the government (putting a lot of people temporarily out of work) trying to defund a program passed by congress, signed into law by the president, and upheld by the supreme court.

"But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. You will be repaid at the resurrection of the just." Luke 14: 13 and 14. 

It makes me so upset to think that these are people who publicly claim Christianity and use that rhetoric to get elected. My biggest fear for the church, even branches of the church that I certainly don't belong to, is that it will be too caught up in politics when these politicians are never actually that religiously invested and are USING RELIGION TO MANIPULATE PEOPLE. Even Billy Graham said that the biggest danger for the church was that it would get too invested in a particular political party. Leaders of the Republican Party are desperately (and this is clearly an act of desperation) battling for the rights of large corporations, for their own power, and for old power structures to persevere. These things have NOTHING to do with Jesus. Their favorite writer is Ayn Rand- her ideology and our philosophy as Christians have NOTHING to do with each other. Jesus calls us to help the poor, to tend to the sick, to care about the people no one else in society values, to be as much like him as we can, even if we always fall short. 

In short, working against people having adequate healthcare is anti-life.

It is disgusting to me that they can use my religion to justify behavior that to me is the very opposite of what our faith asks us to do (I mean really, somebody find me the Bible verse that says "It's ok if there is tons of mindless violence, as long as you get to keep your guns" or anything that says "being homophobic and misogynistic is a one way ticket to heaven"? If anything, Jesus came so that we could be free of these small ways of thinking). It also infuriates me when they use it to take away the rights of people who are already powerless. Jesus said the greatest of the commandments are to love God and to love each other. If you are cruel to someone in the name of God, because you don't think they are enough like you, that is a sin. I believe that with all of my heart.

I just want to say, there are a lot of people who are Christians and who aren't behind these people and what they are doing. If you aren't a Christian, or if you have been feeling distanced from the church, let me assure you that there are many Christians and churches that are not reflected by this behavior. I feel like that is important to say, because too often people just roll their eyes and try to move on. Because giving this ridiculousness our attention seems counter-productive. But these people have power and money and a whole lot of foolishness. Know that if you are curious about the church or about Christ, that there are lots of places to go and people to talk to that don't believe in what they are doing AT ALL. If you need more resources about the Christian Left or just about how multi-faceted Christianity is, feel free to message me, and I will do what I can to help you find resources. Boo Congress. What a bunch of ninnies.

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