This month, the House of Representatives and the Senate will take up the continuing resolution to keep the government running after September 30, 2013.
Extremists like senators Ted Cruz of Texas, Mike Lee of Utah, Rand Paul of Kentucky and other tea partiers in the House and Senate threaten a complete government shutdown if the president doesn't agree to defund the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).
Our Christian representatives in Congress are willing to shut the entire government down to deny 30 million Americans affordable health care. Obamacare covers pre-existing conditions and children ages 18-26. If you get sick or are already sick, your coverage can't be dropped. Free preventative checkups are covered. Under Medicare, the donut-hole for prescription drugs will be closed. Obamacare saves lives and money for our citizens. It also creates jobs.
If the government shuts down, it means Social Security for the elderly and disability checks and services for veterans may be affected. Active duty troops and their families may also be financially affected . Other services critical to the public may also be affected.
The bible has over 100 references on helping the poor and the sick, including Deuteronomy 15:11 "There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be openhanded toward your brothers and toward the poor and needy in your land;" and Proverbs 14:31, "He who oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God. John 3:17-18 tell us, "If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth." Let's not forget references to the "good Samaritan" and Jesus healing the blind, deaf and paralyzed for free.
Many Christian politicians are nothing more than wolves in Christian clothing trying to manipulate the Christian community. Their primary concern is power, control and wealth for themselves and their wealthy benefactors. When they pray at public meetings asking for divine guidance, do they consider themselves credible Christians when they cut needed assistance to the poor, the hungry, the sick and disabled?
People may want to reconsider their support for people and politicians who call themselves Christian. Many are nothing more than false prophets that ignore the message of Christ to promote their own agenda and self-interests.
David J. Iacono