One Nation .......... under God??
To me, the health care debate seemed like a no-brainer. Lots of people without access to health insurance and therefore, health care. Ok -- Let's get them health insurance .... then, they will have health care.
It's similar to the fight for healthy food. Our homes, our schools, our food pantries cry out for fresh, nutritious foods to fight obesity and diabetes and heart disease......... so let's make sure everyone has access to those foods and how to prepare them. Evidently, its not that easy. Lots of shades of gray there. And still ..... lots of hungry people without healthy nutritious meals.
So I came out of the woodwork, to tell our health care story. I have had to deal with the private humiliation of publicly admitting that we are no longer middle class citizens. I have had to publicly admit what we can afford -- and what we can't because of the hospital and medical bills. I have been honest with the public when sometimes, I haven't been honest with myself about our situation.
But I thought .... when people hear my story .... they will understand the need for health care reform. Because we are one nation ....... under God.
But that hasn't been the response. Friends have accused me of trying to force their small businesses into bankruptcy because providing health insurance to all, will cost them too much. These are the same people that voted to keep the phrase in the Pledge of Allegiance .... one nation, under God. These are the same people that sit in church on Sunday.
And I wonder ..... are we one nation, under God?
Then today at church .... we went over a very simple verse. This was probably the first verse we memorized in Sunday School as a child .... Matthew 22: 35-40.
35One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question:
36"Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?" 37Jesus replied: " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38This is the first and greatest commandment. 39And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.40All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments."
Love your neighbor as yourself. Pretty simple language. Nowhere did I find .... Only if they are living the life I want them to live. Only if they play by my rules. If they work hard enough. If they do what I think is right. Simply .......... Love your neighbor as yourself.
The health care debate is not about me. Its not about you. Its about our neighbors, where ever they may be. Its not the health care that we want to give them, its about giving them health care. Being neighborly ..... what a concept.
Pretty simple ...... Love your neighbor as yourself.