There are more than 30 examples in the Gospels of Jesus being a healer. Basically, he was a walking, talking health clinic. Next to teaching, it may be the thing Jesus put the most time into.
When Jesus commanded his followers to “heal the sick,” it did not come with any caveats; there were no ifs, ands, or buts modifying his call to care for those suffering from illness or injury.
No proof of ability to pay was needed.
No pre-existing condition limited your coverage.
Rich, poor, male, female, believer, unbeliever, if you needed healing, you received it.
Most (if not all) of the GOP leadership love to wrap their public personas in a Christian flag. The problem is a great majority of the GOP political platform requires a person to either massively misconstrue the life and teachings of the man they claim to follow or to completely ignore them altogether.
The death-grip the GOP is trying to put on Obamacare\ACA puts a spotlight on their less than Christ-like behavior.
Don’t get me wrong, while Obamacare\ACA was a giant step in the right direction, it too fell well short of being everything it needed to be. But, a step in the right direction is, none-the-less, a step in the right direction.
The latest from the GOP is not so much a step in the wrong direction as it is a shove down a flight of stairs.
The Obamacare\ACA replacement they are pushing neither costs less nor covers more. As a matter of fact, literally millions of Americans will find that under the GOP plan their healthcare cost will increase. For millions more, it will be nearly impossible for them to receive any semblance of decent coverage.
The thing is, the GOP knows this. They have been clearly informed by the Congressional Budget Office of those realities. Never the less, they persist.
Then, as if to remove any doubt that they have zero real interest in following the teachings of Jesus, or any respectable moral code for that matter, their replacement plan gives massive tax breaks to the wealthiest among us.
What would Jesus do?
“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”
If you have any doubt that these politicians are serving the rich and wealthy, you simply are not paying attention.
When Jesus said, “when you do it unto the least of these, so too you do it unto me,” it wasn’t just some mystical statement about the reflection of God that resides in each of us.
It was a moral statement about the contentedness of life.
It was a recognition and a revelation that when one among us suffers, we all suffer.
It was given as a definitive measure of how well those who claim to be followers of Christ are actually are following Christ.
He was offering us a guiding principle about what love looks like when put into practice.
The GOP replacement plan is undeniably not what love looks like when put into practice. If anything, it is precisely what the love of money looks like when put into practice. They have, once again, reduced the priceless value of human life to a dollar sign and have devised a system that insures that not only will those who already have a plethora of those dollars receive more, but that will guarantee that there will be a whole lot less of “the least of these” around to compete for those dollars.
That’s not only un-Godly, it’s immoral.
That’s not only un-Christian, it’s deplorable.