So 217 members of the United States House of Representatives have decided that they want to be mass murderers.
The vast majority of these people identify themselves as Christians.
Accordion to Merriam Webster the word Christian means someone who professes belief in the teachings of Jesus Christ. I decided to look through my husband's bible to see exactly where they might be taking their inspirations. What I read was surprising.
These people should be acting according to Philippians 2:4:
"not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others."
Or maybe Proverbs 3:27:
"Do not withhold good to those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act."
Maybe Romans 12:13:
"Share with the Lord's people who are in need. Practice hospitality."
Because this is blog post and not a bible study I will end with this one.
What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead."
This is not how the 217 members acted. They have decided to kill people. I'm tired of prettying it up. By their actions they knew that people were going to die and they decided to do it. People with pre-existing conditions cannot pay for the extra care and they want to defund Medicaid. This will kill people.
These people are the same ones (mostly) who look at the survivors of gun violence and refuse to make any laws restricting gun ownership. Understand right now, with the bill that they passes, that a mentally ill person can get a gun--but not help.
For a long time, when you said "I'm too much of a Christian" to do thus and so it meant you were too good. The quote I think of is in The Wizard of Oz.
Aunt Em: "Elmyra Gulch just because you own half the county doesn't mean you have the power to run the rest of us. For twenty-three years, I've been dying to tell you what I thought of you. And now, well, being a Christian woman, I can't say it!"
We are meant to think that because she is just a good person, she can't say what she thinks. Maybe when this was made it was truer. But after watching this Congress, who maintain their Christianity, the quote I think of most is from The Princess Bride.
"You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."
Good people can be Christians. But it takes a lot more than being Christian to be good.