Making America Great Again

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1 Samuel 8:1-22; Acts 6:15-7:16; Luke 22:24-30

Jesus sums up his ministry and his preaching today.  The heart of his message began with sayings such as “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth” and now ends with the same ideology.  “The greatest among you must become like the youngest, and the leader like one who serves….I am among you as one who serves.”

Jesus preaches an upside-down world, where the weak are powerful, the poor are rich, and the sinful are made clean.

This all comes on the heels of the disciples fighting over which was the greatest.  Jesus is reminding them that greatness will not come from hypocrisy, judgment, or puffing oneself up.  Greatness will come from service and self-emptying. 

This is what I wish our politicians understood.  If they want to fix healthcare, perhaps the first step is for them to give up all their money and federal health benefits.  Perhaps then they could at least relate to the plight of others.

There are many who wanted Jesus to claim his power as the Messiah – to ride into Rome with armies, and take over.  Frankly I wish this.  I want him to come and boot these idiots out of power and take over.

Back then they wanted him to crush the Romans.  Did he do it?  No.  He laid his life down, so that others could live.  He became the sacrificial Lamb.

As I see one politician after another splashed on my computer screen – one blowhard after another telling us why they still haven’t gotten anything done with regard to fixing Obamacare – I wonder if we still haven’t gotten it.  It appears we are still looking for another King David – another person to rise above the rest and save us all.  Some were hoping Trump would be that.  Well, trust me, all these folks will fall short of our expectations, just like Barack Obama fell short of the expectations of his base.

We need to wake up to the reality that the Messiah already came.  And he did not live up expectations either.  Of course, he wasn’t looking to live up to our expectations.  He was here to show us a new way – one that included self-sacrifice, humility, patience, and fortitude.

Making America great, it turns out, has nothing to do with that veiled racist slogan, but reclaiming the selfless sacrifice of the One who paid it all.  This is what our current Administration knows nothing about.  It doesn’t have to do with seeking to be great, but seeking to serve one another, lift one another up, and be a slave to all.

When you take a stance of humility, I’m not sure how you don’t come to the conclusion we need universal healthcare for all.  When you truly seek to serve the other, it becomes hard to look at healthcare as anything other than a basic human need, and not the commodity it is being treated as.  When you truly seek to serve, you put a cork in all the blowhard, empty talk about prices or exchanges or premiums, and you start talking about HEALTHCARE.  CARE.  MEDICINE!  GETTING WELL.  Not access to doctors.  Better healthcare!

Jesus was the True Leader, on whom we hang it all.  Wouldn’t it be great if we could all remember that a bit more?

Living into that is a big jump though.  Are you ready?

-Matt

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One thought on “Making America Great Again

  1. When LBJ got Medicare passed, his next plan was to push for universal healthcare. Due to his concerns about civil rights, he used his influence to get needed legislation passed giving up hope to see a chance at healthcare. Now it seems to be a need in current leadership to limit care to those that need it most. GOD will surely judge us for failing to follow Jesus in caring for those HE ministered to.

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