The Government Should Not Provide Welfare and Free Healthcare.
Ok fine, can we move on now? Sorry for baiting you in with a title like that, I couldn't help myself. Think what you will about what the government should and shouldn't do, have discussions, vote, whatever. No matter what the government is or isn't doing, the question I want to ask is, what should I do?
A friend of mine recently posted a piece from Huffington Post that caused quite a stir amongst some of his friends. I suggest you read the article, but to get to the point, in spite of a couple obvious political statements it made, it made me wonder how much of my political stance has infiltrated how I interact with the world around me on a personal basis. If, for example, I have fiscally conservative political leanings, which I tend to do, does that inform how I treat the poor more than say what Jesus taught and lived?
It's easy to confuse ideology with practice. We evangelicals are really good at saying things without backing them up with any real action. Sure we all have that story of that time we were so generous to that single mom, or dropped off presents at Christmas to a needy family, but does my life reflect God's concern for the down and out on a daily basis? This week, as I've paid attention to where I've spent my time and resources, if someone were to observe me, minus the audio that comes out of my mouth, and report back to someone else, they would probably see a rather average North American with poor taste in clothes.
Would they think my life was informed by Ayn Rand, Adam Smith, or Jesus Christ?
I think James the brother of Jesus was serious when he said:
Don't fool yourself into thinking that you are a listener when you are anything but, letting the Word go in one ear and out the other. Act on what you hear! Those who hear and don't act are like those who glance in the mirror, walk away, and two minutes later have no idea who they are, what they look like. James 1:22.
As a person who spends a lot of time writing things, expressing ideas, and challenging assumptions from behind a computer screen, the irony is not lost on me.
Spend a week or so tracking how you've spent your own life. What does it tell you about what you believe?