Hmm… I seem to have written this back in September, but never posted it. What the heck. I still think this way.
I started writing up a comment on the post I shared on Facebook about God in the GOP platform. I kinda kept typing and typing. So here it is separately.
I often share stories about religion and politics. It gets old to me, even. But this stuff does matter. You have a responsibility to think about how you vote. If you’re religious, your religion should inform how you vote.
First, I’m atheist, but I was brought up in church. My church studied the teachings of Jesus, but I suppose it emphasized the “good” over the “god”.
I’ve always been fascinated by religions. As I get older, one thing that fascinates me more is how often people talk about how religious they are, but completely ignore the tenets of their religion. Being a good Christian is not about how often you use the word “God”, it’s about helping your fellow man. I don’t claim to be good at that, but I also don’t claim to be Christian. If you claim to be Christian, you’re setting the bar pretty high. I’m proud that I have some good friends who pass the test. It’s no surprise to me that they also vote Democrat.
I understand that if you’re against abortion why you’d feel pulled towards the Republican party. But the hard-lined tactics against abortion are doomed to failure. There are much more reasonable ways to decrease the abortion rate (there are no ways to eliminate abortions altogether). They all start with education. You don’t see Republicans promoting education. And sorry, Republicans are using you on this issue. They’re sucking you in, knowing that if you care deeply about abortion, you’ll overlook all the other anti-Christian parts of their platform.
Opposition to universal healthcare is perhaps the most anti-Christian stand that I can imagine. Two thousand years ago, helping your fellow man often meant comforting them as they died from some sickness or accident. In the modern world, we can do so much better than this. But access to healthcare is limited and expensive. Obamacare (I hate that term even if Obama has come to accept it) is a very small step that improves things and even decreases the deficit. It’s current form has most of its roots in past Republican policy and gives far too many concessions to the huge insurance providers and pharmaceuticals.
I know most of the objections to universal healthcare are basically anti-big government arguments. People claim that governments are inherently inefficient. But sorry, the best run, most efficient insurance out there is Medicare. That’s your government. Sure it needs improvement. But it still works better than most insurance companies.
And I simply find for-profit insurance companies to be an immoral business. When Jesus spoke of caring for the sick, he didn’t say “only if he pays you well”. At least Obamacare limits insurance companies’ profits, and it stops them from dropping coverage if a patient gets too sick and costs them too much. This is a huge step forward. If you’re against this, then you’re anti-Christian. It’s that simple.