There’s the Race Card to justify reverse discrimination and to try to obfuscate the truth when Black officials are caught in ethics violations and lies.
There’s the Feminist Card to try to set a smoke screen for their own inherent gender bias.
There’s even the Environmental Card to thwart the Border Patrol from pursuing illegal aliens.
And hey, if they want to gamble with the future of this nation playing cards instead of letting go of counter-productive modes of thinking, that’s their prerogative.
But when they play the It’s-The-Christian-Thing-To-Do Card all bets are off.
First of all, Jesus Christ is not to be treated like some Ace up the sleeve you pull out to win a political debate. He is the God Who saves us from our sins, and to have Him injected into an argument concerning legislation and laws as if invoking His name will shut up all discussion is offensive in the extreme. Yet, alas, He is used and abused by many on the Left who claim to know Him but deny His Word.
Let’s get a few things straight: Jesus is not this meek and mild guy who had some nice ideas on how people should treat each other. When He came, He came to fulfill the Old Testament Law and establish a new covenant that would give salvation to those Who accepted – not just acknowledged, but confessed and placed in their hearts – Him as their Lord.
And just because He stated that we are to “Therefore render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s” (Matthew 22:21 ESV) does not mean He was a fan of taxes. Nor does Paul’s admonition to “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities” (Romans 13:1 ESV) mean that we are to blindly follow the edicts of elected officials.
In fact, Jesus is an enemy of usury. First, there was John the Baptist’s order concerning taxes in Luke 3:12-13 (ESV):
Tax collectors also came to be baptized and said to him, “Teacher, what shall we do?” And he said to them, “Collect no more than you are authorized to do.”
And then there was Jesus’ own interactions with Tax Collectors, which culminated in Mark 2:15-17 (ESV):
15 And as he reclined at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners were reclining with Jesus and his disciples, for there were many who followed him. 16 And the scribes of the Pharisees, when they saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors, said to his disciples, “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” 17 And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”
Usurious tax collection is a sin. It is the charging of more than is required to fund one’s own needs, and Jesus was against it.
So let’s put an end to “Jesus would be in favor of this new tax,” shall we? Yes, He recognizes the right of governments to tax their citizens, but that does not make Him in favor of all taxes for all reasons.
But, you might ask, wouldn’t He be in favor of taxes that might pay for health care? Probably not. Jesus knew full well that governments created by man are transitory and corruptible. He didn’t want us to blindly trust things that can be changed by the ballot box or by force. He wants us to put our trust in that which does not change, namely Him.
However, putting the tax issue aside for a moment and examining legislation that makes the government responsible for “paying for” and regulating healthcare, what do I think the “Christian thing to do” is?
In my opinion, based on what is in the Scriptures, the Christian thing to do would be for people to aid directly with the care of, and possible payment for, others when they found themselves unable to meet their own needs (see the story of the good Samaritan for an example of this in action). God would not want us to wait for the intervention of an unstable ruling system filled with corridors of arbitrary decision makers. Jesus wants people to be involved with their hands and their finances in a more direct manner. As directed by Him – and expounded upon by Paul, Peter, James, John, and Jude – Jesus wants us to put our faith into action. He wants the Church and its Body to provide for the needs of man when necessary, both physically and spiritually.
So yes, helping people with their health care and payment for said care is the Christian “thing” to do, but that does not mean turning the responsibility over to the government. There is nothing in Scriptures that says “turn the responsibility over to the government.” Christ’s own words, however, do tell us to directly aid in the care of others – person to person, Christ’s Body to man.
Christ’s is a Gospel of God providing and people participating, not one of government bureaucracy and intervention from afar. He knew full well that governments are earthly, transient, and corruptible. People are earthly, transient, and corruptible. But the Body is the arms, hands, and feet of Jesus – outlasting all that people alone can create. And Paul warned that the “church” itself too was corruptible and urged believers to form a Body that was transcendent above the corruption of its individual earthly members. The Gospel is about personal charity, forming the body, and aiding man – not of giving responsibility to other men.
Now of course, all of this doesn’t even touch on the irony of invoking Deity to justify law by people who often scream “Separation of Church and State,” but there are only so many words a person can type in one day.