Thursday, September 10, 2009

Caring For the Poor

I know we're not actually a Christian nation, but it's usually the liberals and the libertarians who emphasize that. My Christian values do lead to my personal political positions.

I decided today that I must be the most liberal man in the country.

I was offended this morning by the vehemence with which Joe Biden denied that President Obama's health care proposal would provide coverage for illegal aliens. I'd like for illegal aliens be covered.

My father-in-law once told me a story about feeling led by God to read the book of Leviticus. And so he read it and felt like he didn't get anything at all out of it. And then he felt led by God to read it again, so he did again, and again he didn't get anything out of it. That was the end of his story. I find that story encouraging whenever I read Leviticus. I've read Leviticus several times. I retained enough to be able to find the following verse with the help of a Bible search engine:
The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.
-Leviticus 19:34
I can almost hear my Uncle Gary muttering, "You long-haired, commie, pinko...."

1 comment:

Diane said...

no, I agree with you. Sadly, I'm sure the vehemence is political. Without it, we couldn't get anything passed.

Now I've heard fearmongering re: H1N1: you know, it's a hoax to make us want to sign up for socialized medicine.