Like many of you, I’ve been noting the progress of this “Government Shutdown” story as it unfolds, and all I can say is, “Shame!”
I realize that “Obama care” is highly controversial and that even many of those who favor national healthcare are opposed to it; it is simply a bad Bill, passed under cover of darkness on Christmas Eve when nobody was watching… using Parliamentary trickery to do it. That’s bad enough!
Then, earlier this year, Congress, led by the Senate Majority, got themselves exempted from it, claiming that they and their staffs, could not possibly afford it, while keeping it mandatory for everyone else. Now, the House has submitted a Continuing Resolution to fund the government which includes a provision to delay the requirement for insurance for one year so that the issue can be worked out, and the Senate Majority and the White House have several times killed it, leaving the entire civilian government without funds beginning today.
Quite naturally, the House will be accused of shutting down the government by those who have killed the government’s funding, which is to say the Majority in the Senate and the White House… an obvious, bald-faced lie from those who exempted themselves from the Bill in the first place. No doubt, the press will report the party line as usual and the people will believe the lie.
What is really galling to me is that the people will believe the lie and blame the people who tried to help them.
I even heard a news piece this morning calling this a “budget battle,” can you imagine? The current Administration has never sent a Budget to Congress… Never! There has not been a Federal Budget since the last Administration. Does anybody even report that? Is it even legal? Again, the lie triumphs. Those in the wrong will appear to be the ones crying out for justice… and people will believe them.
If anyone is still reading, you might wonder what this has to do with a Christian blog. Actually there are several lessons we can take from this. I would like to focus on one in particular today, and that is a lesson that we learn from Scripture, both Old and New Testaments, but nowhere more clearly than in Revelation. That lesson is that in this world, few things are what they appear to be.
Those who claim that they will be providing everyone with “affordable health care” talk as though they have everyone’s best interests at heart while taking away your freedom of choice in health care. They tell you that it will be more affordable, but they fail to mention what it will cost you, and of course, most people have never even heard of the huge tax on medical devices that is included in all of this, nor do most people know about the health care surtax that you will pay on top of your regular taxes… and you will do so by writing a check on April 15th. Affordable? Not likely.
In fact, this is such a wonderful plan that it is mandatory, and you will be fined if you don’t become part of it.
That is, of course, unless you are one of the ones who forced it upon us. That alone should tell you that it is not hat it appears to be!
A national disgrace? Yes. A national outrage? Yes. A surprise? No. An object lesson? No doubt whatsoever!
For us, it is a reminder that we cannot place our hope and trust in the institutions of men, nor in the men themselves, but rather in the One, the True; the very Son who gives life and sustains all, our Lord Jesus Christ. He is worthy of our trust and He is worthy of our praise; He alone. With this in mind, I hope that all of us will pray for our Nation, our leaders and our future. I hope that we will pray that God will guide our leaders according to His justice, His mercy and His will, and that the Gospel of Jesus Christ would spread across the land like wildfire, changing lives and changing the hearts of our countrymen and women.
Come to think of it, I suppose we should be praying like this no matter how we feel about politics!