Friday, June 29, 2012

How I Will Respond To Obamacare

Yesterday we all experienced a landmark decision by the Supreme Court on the issue of healthcare. Now, I want to be very clear in this blog post, I probably do not fully understand all of the ramifications of this decision to uphold the President's decision on healthcare. I have only watched a bit of news and have read a few articles on it. Is it unconstitutional? Is it masking taxes? I don't know for sure (I have opinions), but I want to make it abundantly clear that I am not a politician. I will vote for certain things because I think it is my constitutional right, my American right. I do not vote for things necessarily because I think it is my Christian right. Now, my Christian values and how God has changed me because of the gospel, certainly influences my views of morality when it comes to voting. But it also changes the way I look at government as a big picture. It helps me formulate a response to things that I do not necessarily like. It helps me respond to things like Obamacare. What shapes my thinking on this? Three main passages of Scripture:
"The kings heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord; he turns it wherever he will." (Proverbs 21:1) 
"Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment." (Romans 13:1-2) 
"For in Him [Jesus] the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority." (Colossians 2:9-10)
God is still in control. Even though I might not like it, I acknowledge that God has a plan. I live my life with the thought that President Obama would not be in power if God did not want him in power. He is simply a man that has been instituted for a specific reason for which I do not know. 

Please note: I am NOT saying that he is a godly man. I am NOT saying that this is a godly decision. What I am saying is that his presidency and this decision on healthcare did not surprise God and it would not have happened if God had not allowed it to happen. God knew how the vote of the Supreme Court would turn out. He knows the future. So, how will I respond? With continued confidence in a God that is still on the throne. Christian, how do you respond?

4 comments:

  1. Right on Thad -- Appreciate your comments and scripture on this and all subjects of scripture! Still miss you and your family. Tell Monique 'hi'

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  2. GOD BEING IN CONTROL DOES NOT MEAN WE DO NOTHING.

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    1. I agree that God being in control does not mean we do nothing. I never said that. I think we should vote and do whatever we can under the law. But once it is settled, we should be willing to submit to the law and our government. Unless of course, they are asking us to do something that breaks the laws of God (Acts 4), then it is better to obey God rather than man.

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  3. Pastor Thad,

    I appreciate your comments and the scriptures on this subject.

    That reminds me when Jesus showed up, the radicals expected Him to overthrow the Roman Empire and put Israel in charge of the land.

    Instead Jesus said in Luke 4: "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord."

    I find myself able to face the world from looking at it from a bigger perspective of what Jesus would do.

    Thanks again for putting everything in proper perspective!

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