Monday, March 1, 2010
Politics, Healthcare, and my mental health
If I think about politics more than one half hour a day, I begin to fall into depression and experience a sense of helplessness, hopelessness, and pessimism that threatens to rob me of my trust in the Lord. I know we need government, I believe in good government. I pray for our leaders regularly. I just feel like we are careening out of control in so many ways. I do not however, join those pessimistic Christians, believing that God is using all this to call us to repentance, or punish us. There may be some sowing and reaping going on, and some rewards of foolishness, but not an apocalyptic scenario.
The pendulum swings both ways, and if indeed many democrats lose their seats, I am not quite as hopeful that the republicans will do all the things that need to be done to right the ship.
I think instead about being the gospel, teaching reconciliation (God’s kind, not mans), and to enjoy the marvel of living in the present and in the presence of God. I spent some time today with a wonderful couple fighting a very rare form of blood cancer. He is in his fourth year, very weak, but still asking God for more time to enjoy his family and his retirement, and I prayed for just that outcome, with all my heart.
I was at Mayo Clinic, by the way, a true Cadillac of hospital care. I am trying to picture what Obamacare would do to this historic health group. I am pretty sure they help lots of people, not just rich ones.