Christian Fear and Health Care

On Sunday morning in gathered worship we spoke these words to one another:

Our hope for a new creation is not tied
to what humans can do,
for we believe that one day
every challenge to God’s rule
will be crushed.
His kingdom will fully come,
and the Lord will rule.
Come, Lord Jesus, come.

Our World Belongs to God, 55

On Sunday evening with the monumental passing of the Health Care Reform Bill, we were given a clear opportunity to live out those words and re-believe the gospel.  Is our hope found in national health care? Is our hope dashed by national health care?

“No!” and “No!”

We need to think and act like Jesus’ followers.  Let us not give in to false hopes or fear.

We all would do well to consider  this timely word from Russell Moore:

Is it a problem that some of us who are tranquil as still water about biblical doctrine and ecclesial mission are red-faced about Nancy Pelosi and the talking heads on MSNBC?

Is it a problem that some who haven’t shared the gospel with their neighbors in months or years are motivated to vent to strangers on the street about how scary national health care will be?

More:

If we were half as outraged by our own sin and self-deception as we are by the follies of our political opponents, what would be the result?

If we rejoiced as much that our names are written in heaven as we do about such trivialities as basketball brackets, what would be the result?

So if what you’re afraid of is a politician or a policy or a culture or the future of Western civilization, don’t give up the conviction but give up the fear.

Work for justice.

Oppose evil.

But do it so that your opponents will see not fear but trust, optimism, and affection.

Read the whole thing, and pass it along.

HT Justin Taylor

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