Wednesday, September 9, 2009

A Little On Politics and Religion

Unlike some, I have never been able to separate politics and religion. It seems axiomatic to me that they are in fact inseparable. This reality is driven home to me daily in the market place as men and women struggle with the laws of the land, right and wrong, good and evil, and how to navigate and fit into the maze in which they are daily confronted.

The most important reason I find them impossible to separate however is the commandment to love my neighbor as myself. And in the same way that I hate my son when I love myself too much to put myself through the heartache of applying the rod, I also hate my neighbor when I love myself too much to go through the heartache of calling for a just government. Who knows, one day we may save our neighbor from an injustice like that experienced by Sara Capewell.

Duane's Mind posted on an article today from the UK regarding Miss. Capewell. Her baby was refused treatment because it was born two days before the "trigger" set by the UK government for providing health care for a premature baby. According to the Daily Mail the mother "begged them to save her tiny son, who was born just 21 weeks and five days into her pregnancy". knowing the heart of a mom after carrying and caring for her baby, I can only imagine her agony when she was informed by her doctors to "treat the labour as a miscarriage, not a birth”, and then was left after her labor to helplessly hold her dying son for the remaining two hours of his life.

This kind of thing is the reality in politics in the U.S. for indeed a baby still in its mother's birth canal can have a pair of scissors jammed into the base of its scull and its brains sucked out, while only a few inches later it will enjoy the full protection of the constitution. There are stark similarities between this reality and this UK woman, yet how many Christians are demanding that this same government take over health care in the name of love and compassion?

To be sure, there is a consequence when the salt ceases to be salt and abandons its call for righteous leaders in its government in favor of peace in its sanctuaries. Of this we can be assured, contrary to what we are being told, this is not love, and it's coming in spades to a hospital near you in the name of compassion in lieu of profits.


Kathy said...

The reality of where things are is nothing short of heartbreaking. So far from God's best. I pray for mercy and I pray for changed hearts and opened eyes for every one of us.

Anonymous said...

Exactly, Dan!

We want the best life possible for our neighbors. We want them to be free and to not have their rights taken away by an overbearing government.

We want to nip this healthcare thing in the bud because we know where it will lead. And it won't be pretty. And we have the freedom (as Christians) to fight against it, or support it.

I, for one, am totally against it.

It is foolish to think that the government can do a better job than the private sector in this case. Just foolish. Many will suffer if it happens, and we will be further down the road towards an all intrusive government.

History has taught us all too well where that can lead.

Joe said...

Once implemented, President BO's health care plan will leave Americans angry and frustrated and things will happen that shouldn't need to.

Susannah said...

Bravo, Dan. Beautiful articulation (esp. for Christians) of the logic against this health care behemoth.