Christians Conservatives, Social Programs and Universal Health Care

Christians Conservatives, Social Programs and Universal Health Care

Christian Conservatives make up a large portion of America’s voting population (about 15% according to Wikipedia.org). Many Christians find themselves on the political right which in some ways makes sense to me, but in other ways makes no sense at all.

The Christian value of “redemption” fits quite well with the Conservative value of “individual freedom and responsibility”. If God offers salvation to every single person, then why should we help the people that refuse to accept it?

On the other hand, Jesus was obsessed with compassion, transcending materialism, and charity. He despised possessions and spent as much time as possible helping the neediest members of society. Based on the example Jesus set, you would think that Christian Conservatives would be more willing to participate in social programs.

BUT conservatives do not like the idea of government mandated income redistribution. They want to help people in need, but they don’t want to do it through a forced social program.

Universal health care is a great example of a social program that would improve the quality of life for millions of Americans if everyone would jump on board. I can see why a Conservative would not want to see this program happen, but what about a Christian Conservative? Why do they put their conservative values ahead of what Jesus taught?

Where is the Christian Compassion?

Jesus was all about compassion. It is important to note that he extended his compassion to the lowest members of society. He healed lepers, ate with the tax collectors, and stood up for sinners. He made it clear that the sins of another person should not affect your compassion. If Jesus could help someone, he did.

When it comes to universal health care, the wealthiest members of our society are more than capable of helping the uninsured, they just need to show a little more compassion.

Do You Believe in God’s Abundance?

Jesus was a radical dude, especially when it came to materialism. He hated possessions of any type and he called our physical reality an illusion. He spoke of the abundance of God, claiming that God would provide for everyone without effort or strain.

The Conservative attacks on universal health care are based on a belief that there is not enough to go around. They claim that there are not enough doctors and health care facilities for every American. They believe that the government should not force the citizens to pay for health care, but if this mandate is not in place, the funds do not show up because they do not believe they will have enough money left over for themselves.

I believe in God’s abundance, but more importantly I believe in the innovation and creativity of the American people. I know that we can find a way to provide access to the best health care in the world to every American. Sure, we might make some mistakes in the beginning, but we will get it figured out eventually.

I think Jesus would have agreed with this. His faith in God to provide for all could not be shaken. Instead of being scared of the illusion of limited resources, he would ask that we allow God to show us how much there is to go around…for everyone.

The reality of the situation is that we cannot provide health care for every American today unless we force ourselves to pay into a system that offers that service. So while I don’t like any government program that makes decisions for the People, I think it is more important that people are able to go to the doctor without being bankrupted.

I believe we should implement a universal health care government program today and continue to look for a solution that does not force anyone to do anything.

6 Responses to “Christians Conservatives, Social Programs and Universal Health Care”

  1. Fred Tracy says:

    Absolutely, David!

    It seems silly that people who should hold compassion above all others aren’t open to being compassionate towards everyone through this method. But maybe there’s a good reason, I don’t know much about the political debate, so I can’t say for sure, but what you said here makes a lot of sense.

    There’s a lot of contradiction between who people say they are, and who they actually are. Even if a person says that Christian, they’re still basically a product of their environment and whatever choices they have decided to make. And oddly enough, Christianity is most popular in the United States in very conservative environments where what you mention here is not politically desirable.

    What a strange and interesting contrast. nice one. :-)
    Fred Tracy recently posted..How to Find Your Passion in Life

    • David says:

      Hey thanks for the comment Fred.

      The political debate is definitely more complicated than it appears on the surface. I think most conservatives would like to see universal health care become a reality, but hate the idea of government controlling our health care system and forcing individuals to pay for this social program.

      I have nothing against that point of view. My problem is how do you supposed we make something like universal health care a reality? Private businesses have already shown that universal health care is not in their best interest. Charities have made it clear that they cannot provide for every uninsured person. This leaves it to the government to make it happen.

      I find the contrast between Christian and Conservative values extremely interesting! Might have to write another post about it soon.

    • Gibson Goff says:

      I like the discussion, David. But I think we automatically dismiss a certain group in these discussions, be it for political, or for giving – christian and faith based initiatives. The underlying problem is often that ‘X’ group can’t afford . . .

      Rather than hobble the free market system that allows everyone to prosper according to service to their fellow man, I submit that we should find the means to allow those individuals that can’t afford (whatever) to prosper as well.

      Not to remain broke, and unable to provide the necessary services for their families. Raise them from poverty, let them prosper, and ‘afford’ things.

      This whole debate, scenario would turn 180 degrees with an economic shot in the arm for the poor. Change that circumstance. The free market has worked since the beginning of time. Our level of participation is our choice.

      Very interesting perspective, David. Good stuff.

      • David says:

        I agree. We should do as much as possible to empower people so they can afford healthcare.

        The problem is that there will always be people that are too poor to afford health care, whether it is by choice or unfortunate circumstances.

        I believe everyone deserves access to health care, no exceptions. If someone chooses not to take advantage of that access fine, but money should not be an issue.

        Thanks for the comment Gib.

  2. Marcel Kincaid says:

    You actually went to Pharyngula and insulted everyone with a complaint that they aren’t taking Deepak Chopra seriously? What a little asshole you are. Yes, Mlodinow said it was a positive experience … because he was being polite and because it gave him an opportunity to spread a bit of knowledge and to point out the errors in Chopra’s ignorant bullshit, NOT because he thinks Deepak Chopra has something valuable to offer.

    • David says:

      Yes, that is exactly what I did.

      You obviously haven’t watched any of the debates between Chopra and Mlodinow. It’s funny that you can assume why Mlodinow said it was a positive experience. Mlodinow said it himself that he believes spirituality has value. He’s a practicing Jew himself!

      Typical skeptic, makes assumptions about how people think and feel. So deterministic, so irrational.

      If you have anything to offer on the subject of Christianity, Conservative politics, or universal health care, I’d love to hear it.