24 March 2010

character and corruption

There are so many things to say regarding the recent passage of Health Care legislation in Congress this past Sunday. Reactions abound and I, like so many others, am taking opportunity to process the event before moving forward.

The most disturbing part of this bill is not found in its provisions, exclusions or aims. Rather, the difficulty comes with the method by which it was passed through Congress. Over the past few weeks we have seen moral bankruptcy in full display, Congressional members who have sold their souls (and their Constitutional responsibilities) for its passage, and a lack of regard for the majority of Americans who expressed opposition to it.

The vote was held on a Sunday, not just because this administration shows a total lack of regard for the church, but that they did not want this Congress to hear from Main Street before returning to Capitol Hill. Of course, the fact that this was a Sunday vote is more than an indicator of anti-evangelical behavior made in the administration. It also becomes quite problematic for those who think that this passage of legislation is a great moment for Christian principles.

And I am even more outraged that those who continue to support this Health Care legislation refuse to provide an answer for this reality. In a bill that is being (falsely) touted as one of the most morally responsible acts coming out of Congress, why are so many unconcerned with the immorality to get it passed? America (and the world) has just been witness to an 'ends-justify-the-means' philosophy, and far too many in the church have willingly applauded it.

This is not behavior which is becoming people of the kingdom, and persons who build upon Christ's words of love should not be lauding it.

But in the end, this generation will certainly come to realize what many previous generations have seen: that lasting change does not come through legislation or judicial fiat. It has been repeated in the last few days that the will of the American people will note be thwarted. Indeed, the significantly larger majority of those who oppose this bill will be heard; elections have consequences and reactive measures are sure to follow. But, more importantly, is the truth that legislative change will come and go. This is why Jesus never sought political reform, knowing full well that the only true, lasting and significant hope and change is found in a renewed heart and mind.

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