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.