Evangelicalism & Obamacare: Is being a political bloc the mission?

Evangelicals, seduced in past decades by the conservative Republican party, are seen as a political bloc more than anything else at times. This is even self-described in Christianity Today as they reported the group opposing in large percentage Obama’s healthcare law. With the Supreme Court ruling that Obamacare is Constitutionally the law of the land, Christianity Today reports the coming lament of the Evangelical bloc and ramifications in the election in the Fall.

Religion and politics are surely together as gravity pulls us to earth. However, should being a political bloc be a mission of Evangelicals? I say this could be the worst thing possible for the future of Evangelicals of all stripes. Being a good citizen comes under our mission as Christians to evangelize the good news about Jesus, not fear of greater taxes. There are poor to feed, captives to free, and many who are hopeless without knowing Jesus and new life he offers.

It seems naive to be caught up in political causes at the cost of our primary mission. And, many people of faith, even those who share an Evangelical history and theology, are not necessarily a monolithic voting bloc. Yes, media and power brokers will say otherwise. I am not too naive to see that this is the way things seem to be. My hope is to speak as this group of indies, even if our numbers are not as large.

Independents often are not the largest pie on the graph. Left and Right leaning people get the headlines. A good drama needs good and evil and two sides. Reality says there are more than two opinions out there. They are not reported. They do not have rockstars or celebrities to rally their pragmatic centrist views. But, elections are decided on those not on the extremes but in the middle.

Do we need our churches pigeonholed with a political fight over Obamacare? I think not. We must have dialog about making the law work, or repealing it altogether–depending on your view. Either way, let’s not lose our true mission in the process. Personally, I loathe high taxation, and government intruding in our private lives. And, I am supportive of efforts to make healthcare affordable. Those views are not my religion, however. If only Evangelicals were more excited about mission in the same way some boil over lower taxes.

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Rich Kirkpatrick

Rich Kirkpatrick

Writer, Speaker, and Musician. Rich Kirkpatrick was recently rated #13 of the “Top 75 Religion Bloggers” by Newsmax.com, having also received recognition by Worship Leader Magazine as “Editor’s Choice” for the “Best of the Best” of blogs in 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

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