President Obama signed into law the health care reform bill this morning, which is being called a historic reform of the nation’s health care system. Understandably, the bill is met with both enthusiasm and fear.
What does this bill mean for you? How quickly will the bill change the way health care is performed?
A good source of information regarding who’s happy and not can be found here. While there is some understanding of the bill’s big picture, the details of the bill still seem to me at this point a little unclear, as noted here.
Are you optimistic concerning the bill? The health care reform bill provides needed care to near-poverty families in this country who have no other way of paying for health insurance. Some call it a false compassion, but in my eyes helping people pay for something they cannot afford is far from false compassion. This is real help to people who are in desperate need of health care, even though it may not come until, as some have noted, 2014 (never heard about that in the news).
Are you disturbed? Though the needed help to poor families is a good step, it comes at the cost of family values which consider the lives of the unborn as precious to God and to the health of communities. The health care bill comes with ample funding for those wanting an abortion. Though many had hoped that Mr. Stupak’s anti-abortion language would have been approved for the bill; it was rejected in keeping with the Democratic parties’ norm of pro-abortion rights.
Some have pointed out other reasons for concern: the fact that this is a government takeover of the health care system, requiring people to pay for health care insurance, even against the laws of some states. The requirement to buy health insurance doesn’t bother me as much as the government imposing its will to make Americans buy into something they may have legally refused to be a part of beforehand.
From my vantage point, Health Care reform comes with some good, bad, but most of all unclear consequences. But can we really expect any more than that from the world’s kingdoms?
I consider myself ‘in the middle’ of most political debates. I’m not a Democrat, and I’m not really a Republican, though I’ll line up in moral ideals as more of a conservative. I’m a reader of mostly all news outlets, and try my best to hear both sides of many of the various arguments. I want to see help come to the poor communities of this country and I want abortion to be discouraged in light of the sanctity of every human life. Though we can’t cure the problem of lack with government, I do agree with making a solid effort. And though we can’t stop murder from taking place, I don’t believe it should be encouraged in the name of a woman’s right.
Christians in this instance should consider a posture of rest; rest from the determined bickering as to what all this is about. I’ve heard many Christian leaders riling up the troops for war in the political realm. Although we see evil in our government, the plan for advancement in the kingdom of God should not be any more intense now than it was before the health care reform bill.
Consider the fact that we should not fret ourselves because of evildoers, “evildoers who will soon pass, but “trust in the Lord and do good” (Ps. 37:1-3). If you are a preacher of the gospel, you have not been mortally wounded by a political decision. Stand by the principles of the scripture and continue to preach the gospel. You are the hope of the world. Our job is not to complain and sulk, but it is to continue standing on behalf of God’s principles — and know that He is the righteous judge who is truly sovereign over all governments and kingdoms.
Whether you are looking upon the work of the President with anger or agreement, as Christians we have the responsibility to pray for our President, knowing that God is sovereign over the governments and kingdoms of this world. Our King Jesus will have His way and we must continue to submit to Christ as the Lord over all.