As of Today, March 22, 2oo9, I have more questions than answers…
As the health care reform legislation passes the House and heads to the Senate for debate I have more questions than answers. So far, the sky has not fallen but some pretty significant issues are on the table. Let me say on the upfront that I am generally against a federally mandated healthcare system. I am not a fan of big government and I am from Texas so… you get the point.
That being said, not every Christian shares my political perspective. I think however if you are a Christ-follower and believe in the authority of the Scriptures there are some significant issues to wrestle with. I can only hypothesize and do not yet feel like I have enough information to answer the following questions.
- Will the final version of the Health Care bill provide federal funds for any type of abortion? I am getting conflicting information on this issue. I clearly understand the Scripture speaks to God as the giver of life beginning in the womb. (Psalm 139:13-17). What I do not yet understand is if this legislation in its final form will provide funds for abortion. Today I have read reports on both sides of the issue. Some say President Obama has agreed to sign a version of the bill stipulating no federal dollars can be used for abortion. Others claim the bill the house passed did not necessarily convey this. What is the answer?
- Will the resulting Health Care System value life or prioritize it based on age? Another life issue that we must deal with is whether or not procedures for older Americans will be less of a priority in a semi-socialized healthcare system. Will younger patients receive better access to care than seniors simply because of the days of life already lived. Many say this will be true. Others claim it will not. I wonder.
If one or both of these scenarios plays out practically de-valuing God given life then might I suggest we have a huge problem. At that point America the blessed will take one more giant step away from its Blesser. I am reminded of Romans 1. As with Rome one day God may choose to let America have its own way and then we will be ruined.
One other issue worth mentioning whether your embrace the authority of the Bible or not. Is it really constitutional for the federal government to require individual Americans to purchase Health Insurance if they do not want it? This one is obviously going to play out in the courts. I am just wondering if under our constitution President Obama can really force you to buy something?
Here is what I do know. No matter how this plays out Jesus, the King of Kings, is on the throne that matters. If American government and culture embraces darkness the True Light will shine brighter. The light is always brighter in the dark. Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” –John 8:12
More to come…