Monday, March 22, 2010
Yesterday in worship the person "on deck" to do the prayers of the people included the United States as an historic vote was about to take place. It was the health care bill proposed by President Obama and the Democrats, although some members of his party did not support it. The bill passed by a narrow margin -- 219 to 212 -- but it now means that over 30 million vulnerable, uninsured Americans will receive health coverage and tens of millions more will no longer live in fear that health coverage will be cancelled because, illogically, they are sick.
It seems symbolically appropriate that this bill was passed on a Sunday for a number of reasons. Jesus was a healer and the States is a country that claims a high allegiance to Christ. And the God of Old and New Testaments is the God of the poor and the vulnerable. Some are comparing this bill to the Civil Rights bill, a historic issue of justice.
I was still disturbed by the powerful and often hysterical resistance. And the unapologetic selfishness expressed as "the American Way." There were professionally printed signs saying This is America! We don't redistribute wealth, We earn it! In other words, what's mine is mine, and to hell with the poor. Surely this is not what it means to be American?
Do you think this was a historic moment? Will this be Obama's legacy, or his undoing? Do you feel our Canadian system is more "Christian" even though we are a less religious nation?