As I sit here watching a republic looking more and more like the tyranny of the few, I wanted to make one more observation about some of the underlying beliefs at work here in this health-care debate. As Christians, we are to love and value and preserve life because all life comes from God and every person retains the image of their Creator. We care for others because in doing so we are showing a right reverence and love for God (Mt. 25:36). You cannot separate life from the Life-giver.
Many unbelievers also value life. This health-care debacle certainly proves that there are many who care about life and health. The difference between the Christian and unbeliever is not in what they value as much as why they value it. The world seeks to preserve life because it fears death. A child dies from a tragic accident and the world swoops in to ban whatever food or device or toy was anywhere near the child when it happened. A man dies from cancer and the world swoops in with outrage because he was not afforded every treatment available or happened to be in a good hospital instead of the best hospital. Death is the big scary monster no one wants to talk about let alone face on the battlefield. This kind of fear will lead to all kinds of sordid alliances. The man who fears death will worship life rather than the Life-giver.
Jesus showed us the way when He said, “What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and yet lose his soul?” (Mk. 8:36) Jesus secured for us the way when “He humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” (Phil. 2:8) It is only through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus that death becomes a defeated enemy. Only through Jesus does death become a an unwilling servant who opens the door to the blessed eternal life of all who trust in Him. Ironically, it is the Christian who is most able to enjoy this temporary life because they are not bound to its restraints. So let us sing and rejoice even when bound by chains of sickness or shackles of weakness. Let us eat, drink and be merry not as a man trying to enjoy his last meal on death row, but as a child of the King who has been given a foretaste of what awaits them on the other side of death.