“What Would Jesus Do about Healthcare Reform?” by Todd Strandberg

Now that the Democrats in Congress have passed a healthcare overhaul by a vote of 219 to 212, the big question is what will happen next. A majority of the American people are not happy with this bill being rammed down their throats. The Republicans are vowing to fight it in the courts.

I have noticed a large amount of prophecy lingo tied to the healthcare bill. On the heels of the vote, a new Harris poll reveals Republican attitudes about President Obama: 24 percent say he may be the Antichrist. Obama didn’t help his AC numbers by mocking Republicans for acting as if the bill would lead to Armageddon. “After I signed the bill, I looked around to see if there were any asteroids falling, some cracks opening up in the earth,” Obama said, adding it turned out to be a nice day and “birds were chirping, folks were strolling down the mall.”

One of the most irritating events of last week was the liberal media coming to the Democrats’ aid. The press wasted no time capitalizing on claims that House Democrats have faced violent threats after the healthcare vote. Immediately, the blame was placed on Tea Party members and Republicans.

The liberal media turns a blind eye whenever Republicans are threatened. Alaska’s former governor, Sarah Palin, has recently received death threats against herself and her family. House Minority Whip Eric Cantor was allegedly shot at while he was at his campaign office in Richmond, Virginia–an act that far surpasses telephone threats. The coverage of this event has been minimal.

People have been sending letters to the White House to vent their anger, but it’s almost a worthless effort. Each week, our beloved leader typically gets 15,000-25,000 letters, 20,000-25,000 faxes, 120,000-150,000 e-mails, and 10,000-12,000 phone calls. His staff says that he only reads ten items each day. Since we have to naturally assume that 60 to 100 percent of the letters are of a supportive tone, the chance of getting the president’s ear is extremely remote.

It is very aggravating to watch our nation being guided down a path towards financial destruction. I’ve already said in several NM updates that America is headed for bankruptcy. Even before the vote, Social Security had $15.1 trillion in unfunded liabilities. The tab for Medicare is an even more staggering $36.4 trillion. Why would a couple more trillion dollars matter?

GOP strategists are looking to the upcoming November 2 as their best chance repeal the healthcare bill. Even if they get a majority, it’s unlikely they will gain enough seats to override an Obama veto. They could forward their hopes to the 2012 presidential election, but it’s questionable whether there will be something worth saving by the time the next president would take office in January 2013.

With all this gloom, it is important to ask ourselves what Jesus would do about this mess. I don’t see the Lord becoming politically involved in the debate. I just can’t envision Him outside Capitol Hill, waving a “Don’t tread on me” flag.

Jesus never once said what the Roman Empire should be doing for its citizens. When Jesus walked the earth, He personally fed the hungry and healed the sick. He didn’t ask anybody for his or her health insurance card, and he didn’t lobby Romans to establish affordable healthcare. If mankind had trusted God for good health, the average life span might still reach the upper hundreds.

The last time I checked, old age still had a 100 percent fatality rate. The healthcare crisis will never be solved because there is no remedy for the corrupt nature of our bodies. We shouldn’t spend all our time worrying about Blue Cross. Our focus should be on the true cross.

“He healed all that were sick, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying: Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses” (Matthew 8:16-17).

— Todd

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