I’m not a theologian, nor do I consider myself particularly religious (yet I was raised Christian and “follower/fan of Jesus” wouldn’t be too far off), but as a Canadian who has grown up with and currently survives because of my healthcare system and programs that help the disabled, poor and needy, I have a question for so-called “Christian conservative” Republicans: On the issue of health care (among others), what would Jesus do?
This isn’t even about political philosophy or free market economics versus “socialism.” For better or worse, there are millions of Americans who are dependent upon some form of government subsidy (or “hand-out,” as they like to call it), and is it really morally or biblically right to cut people off and let them die or suffer in the streets? Am I my brother’s keeper? Yes, Cain, you are. Even the perhaps occasionally problematic Old Testament is clear on that.
I’m not writing this to defend Christianity.
But this is what Republicans largely claim to believe, so I struggle with the hypocrisy of it all.
Hell, let’s ask Jesus what he thinks about healthcare. Oh right – someone did:
Then the righteous will answer him, saying, “Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?” And the King will answer them, “Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.”
His words, not mine. Congratulations, Republicans. In your support of TrumpCare, you just screwed over Jesus.
And let no one think I’ve simply reserved my wrath for one political party. Where are the proponents of single payer healthcare in the Democratic Party? Diane Feinstein? No. Nancy Pelosi? No. Cory Booker? Not a chance. He voted against bringing in cheaper drugs for poor people from my country, Canada.
But I reserve a special place in hell for Republicans, who, as Jesus put it, “say they love me and yet do not keep my commandments.”
I know much of this may seem controversial or blasphemous to you. I am not in the business of changing hearts and minds. I’m not a priest, unlike many Republicans, who actually claim to be theologically correct and yet consistently misquote their Lord and Saviour. In addition, they are the first people to get into bed with global corporations and bankers, who I’m pretty sure Jesus went apeshit against, if you pardon the term.
Let’s face it: The Jesus of the New Testament wasn’t some white guy who spoke English.
Say hello to your Lord and Saviour?:
Let’s just say, Republicans had better be careful, or Jesus might have to come back and if he does, he might end up on the no-fly list.