“Shifting from DC to JC”
Recent headline news has filled the airwaves with the pros and cons of passing the “Healthcare Package”. For many they have waited for this provision for years and for others this is a dreaded day and only a beginning of a downward trend towards a socialistic, big brother government. On both sides people wonder how we can actually pay for such a “goliath” program when our national debt is already crippling the country and creating a dismal economic future for our land.
Daily, both sides pump the media with stats that support their position. My e-mail, Facebook and Blog world is filled daily with commentary either way on this ominous situation. Because of this, I know the nation is very concerned for those without healthcare and at the very same time ready for a significant correction of the DC spending that seems out of control.
As I consider the arguments on both sides, I can see as a follower of Christ, each side has a plausible position. On one side you have those who are concerned for those who have no medical health care coverage. As a Christian I too must carry this same concern and be prepared to care for those in need around me and around the world. It is a mistake not to make every attempt to make sure the poor among us are compassionately cared for! It would be un-Christlike to make no effort to provide for the poor!
I also agree with those who are concerned for our national debt and big government becoming even bigger. I do wonder why a third option for health care was not considered that would have provided great options for those in need without creating such a massive government program that will create a national debt that will exceed anything in our history. Again, biblical leadership calls for good stewardship of money.
The question I wrestle with is, what can I do about this? What is my response to what seems to be a world of confusion? What can I actually do? I’ve listed several action points that have been helpful for me.
First, I must understand that God is in absolute control and because He is sovereign His plan for mankind will be accomplished. All that we are experiencing is no surprise to Him. I must keep my heart and mind focused on Him. Hebrew’s 12:1-3 are key verses for me during this time of history.
Second, I must be intentional about placing my hope and trust in God, not our government. I call this “shifting from DC to JC”. Honestly, I do not have the same expectations for DC that I have for JC. I would never equate these two so why not reflect that in my life? I have limited optimism that originates from DC. On the other hand, I have every reason to be optimistic because of JC. Bottom line, when it really matters, it does not matter who rules in the White House but rather it is eternally significant who reigns in my house! Of this I have full control and responsibility.
Thirdly, I must act only as God leads me. The Lord may prompt me to write a letter, make a phone call blog or twitter on a given political subject, but only as He leads me. This requires time alone with Him, abiding with Him and intentional times of prayer. I must not act out of an emotional place that is prompted by a statement or action of a politician of whom I know very little about. The media does not help us here because rarely do we hear the full context of political statements from conservative or liberal media sources.
Fourthly, I need to limit media input. Recently I cut back on my daily dose of a wonderful news channel of whom I think is correct most of the time. I just could not handle the high level of negative perspectives being piled up in my mind leaving me with very little hope for the future. Other news channels seemed to distort the truth or withhold truth regularly which only riled me up. I am responsible for not only what I allow into my brain but also what I do with that information. I am trying to be life-giving in my thinking, my speaking and my actions. I can only be life-giving as I reflect the Life-Giver himself. So, I need more time with him and less with the media.
Finally, I need to keep prayer as my greatest influence over my heart and scripture over my mind. Scripture is clear about praying for our leaders so I’m praying daily for our President, the House, and Senate and I challenge you to do the same. Our greatest hope is in the Lord Jesus Christ, not Washington, DC! But, we are still called to pray for our leaders regularly. When we pray for someone, inevitably our heart is transformed into God’s heart for that person. This is God’s way, and His way has a hope that continually surpasses all of my expectations!
This is what I need. This is what the world needs! How about you?