Over and over ad nauseam is the (feigned) outrage over the President’s (alleged) not keeping of his word regarding insurance policies for a segment of our insured population. If one didn’t know better, judging by the news and social media armchair journalist, this is the height of moral failure. There is disgust and vilification about this lapse in consistency regarding this very complex situation.
Never mind that he kept his word in making health care available to millions who just a short while ago, had none. Never mind that as of today, those with these unfortunate cancellation notices, still have insurance and I am optimistic that they will continue to have coverage. But that fact seems to be conveniently ignored.
Though I am tempted to rehearse the many promises our President has kept, including bringing our sons and daughters, husbands and fathers, mothers and sisters home from a morally unjustified war that took thousands and thousands and thousands of lives, I won’t. Our memory as a nation is too short to expect any credit for that.
The question I have for my fellow believers is “did you keep your word”? If you’re married I don’t want you to think I am simply asking if you kept your word you pledged to your spouse to cherish and love until death do you part. I don’t want you to necessarily focus on how consistent you have or have not been over the course of your relationship. Only you, your mate and God knows the answer to that. My question goes beyond that.
When you became a follower of Jesus Christ you took a pledge that is life encompassing. For the born again, accepting Jesus as Lord and Saviour involved a change of lifestyle that encompassed how we interact with others. Doing unto others as we would have them do unto us was not just a nice sounding slogan; it was to be the principle that guides all of our interactions with our fellow men.
So too are the following:
Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you. Ephesians 4:29-32 NKJV
Do not speak evil of one another, brethren. He who speaks evil of a brother and judges his brother, speaks evil of the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. There is one Lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy. Who are you to judge another? James 4:11, 12 NKJV
Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking. 1 Peter 2:1 NKJV
If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless. James 1:26
But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities. Whereas angels, which are greater in power and might, bring not railing accusation against them before the Lord. But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption. 2 Peter 2:8-12
And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me remove the speck that is in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the plank that is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck that is in your brother’s eye. Luke 6, 41, 42
I must confess that my many presumptuous attempts to pull the specks out of the eyes of others were ineffective do to the blockage of the plank that was in my own eye. By God’s grace I want to practice what I preach. My prayer is that all of us who claim to be disciples would be focused on living a life that lets our lights shine. Let’s leave anger, accusations and hatred to others.
Maybe the old time mantra of our mothers and fathers is still applicable today, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all”. Let’s keep that promise.