I guess insurance and the President’s attempt to reform healthcare have become the biggest story of the year. It’s not surprising to see how worked up people are getting whether they’re shouting for or against the proposed changes. But one of the things that does surprise me a little bit is how some Christians seem to worry so much about it.
Look, I have my views about the proposed plan(s), and I’m not saying that all of our lives won’t be impacted by what Congress and the President do. I’m simply saying it doesn’t really matter–not as much as we think.
Those who have great health insurance are blessed. Those of us who don’t have good coverage, however, still manage to get by. But even if we didn’t–even if we had no access to insurance or medical care–we would only be as bad off as the vast majority of people living on the planet. And guess what? God created and loves those people, too. That means something.
In part, it means that there are bigger things to think about than a bloated government’s latest foray in paternalism. God isn’t going to be undone, overruled, or weakened by anything the government does. God is too big for that, and God’s love for all of us is enough to give us hope that He’ll take care of us. This doesn’t mean that we won’t get sick. It doesn’t mean that some people won’t die when treatment was available that could have prolonged their life. It just means that health and longer life aren’t the most important things for us to think about.
I know…that sounds ridiculous to most people. But for Christians, for believers, for those who trust God and try to live by faith, this is a claim that reverberates through the pages of Scripture. God wants us to be well and live full lives, but even moreso, He wants us to be faithful no matter what happens so that we can enjoy a perfect relationship with Him forever. If people really knew what that meant, it would be the biggest story of every year. Friends, we’ve got a lot of work to do.