Trumpcare is anti-Christian

In five days, the Senate is poised to vote on the Better Care Reconciliation Act, its version of a bill to repeal and replace the ACA. It’s no secret that healthcare in the U.S. is the most expensive in the developed world and delivers poor quality for its high pricetag. We live in a messy democracy, and this is a messy issue, so it’s not a surprise that the laws on the books now are a mess and any future laws will also be a mess.

Nevertheless, I’m 100% against the BCRA and its House counterpart as ways to address the problems of American healthcare, even though as a healthcare provider and a taxpayer I’ve seen firsthand the flaws of what we have now, because what trumps those two identities ultimately is my identity as a Christian. Continue reading

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Prayer for Our Nation on Election Day

Dear God,

You control all things. Every poll, every phone call, every yard sign and hanging tad; every drop of rain and every beam of sunshine today comes from you. You raise up kings and queens and bring them crashing down at your pleasure; empires ascend and splinter at your word.

And all your power works for the good of your people, those whom you have loved and redeemed through Jesus. Governments may change, but your good intention will never change, and will work until time’s end for our flourishing.

We are sojourners in this nation, sojourners who have felt this identity more strongly in years past. When we try to place our hopes in the leaders of our nation, their failures rebuke us. Their shortcomings remind us that there is no God but the LORD–only you have been perfect from eternity past and will be perfect into eternity future. Only you model perfect power and perfect humility, perfect servanthood and perfect leadership.

And yet I pray that you would give the grace of this leadership to whoever emerges victorious tonight, as well as whoever does not. I pray that the ruling party and minority party would have mutual appreciation and respect for one another, and learn to work together for our nation’s sake rather than for the sake of individual careers.

I pray that as a nation, your kingdom and your values would suffuse us. I pray that we would learn to value life at all stages, of all classes, in all colors. I pray that we would be characterized by high moral standards and lowly spirits, considering others better than ourselves and jumping to serve our neighbors.

I pray that this government would make equitable, just policies which promote opportunities for those who work hard to create better lives for themselves and their families. I pray that you would help us to steward and manage the vast wealth our nation possesses–our technology, our finances, our natural resources, our diversity, our systems and ideas, and so much more which you have given us–in order to help one another and help this world. I pray that we would leave this earth in better shape than when it was given to us, in every way possible.

Unify your church in this hour Lord. If we cannot reach across our divides, how can we ask our politicians to do the same?

I pray all this in Jesus’ name, amen.

This Election is Making me Scared to Move to the South

As America’s been trying to figure out how to make its Big Decision of 2016, hubby and I have been trying to make our own big decision–whether to uproot ourselves from Boston, where we both went to school, to return to the place both our parents call home–Atlanta, Georgia. We’ve been trying to take into account everything from his job to my job to family planning to cost of living to community and church involvement.

These last two points are the ones being assaulted by this election. Continue reading