With the recent rulings of the Supreme Court, significant decisions that drastically effect your life have been made. Most people have strong opinions on the subject, but a lot of people also don’t even know what to make of all this. The question that is at hand is, for the Christian, what does all this have to do with the gospel?
The gospel is what transforms people into new creations; it gives them new identities. But believer it or not, one thing that the gospel does not do, is assign people to political categories. Christians do not have to vote Republican or Democrat. They don’t have to be conservative or liberal. Christians don’t have to have a political identity.
What the gospel does do is allow us to see the world from God’s perspective. As it regards the Arizona immigration law, the gospel would call Christians to treat others as they would want to be treated. My wife and I live in China as missionaries, we are always so glad when we think about how the government and people treated us with such kindness. We know that we enjoyed the kindness shown to us in China, we know that other immigrants would appreciate the same kind treatment. While it is true that most immigrants are not fleeing life threatening situations (and therefore, in the opinion of some, do not deserve amnesty), they are fleeing to a better life in America, which are the ancestors of 99% of Americans the descendants of ancestors who fled here simply for a better life?
As regards the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Obama Health Care law, the same principle of the gospel applies. Loving your neighbor as yourself. Whatever political motives may have been behind the passing of the Obama Health Care law, the idea and guiding principle of the law is to provide health care coverage for those who could not otherwise afford it. Now, as to the question of whether or not this law actually accomplished that or not is something political ideologues are still debating. I do not wish to enter into such debate. The bottom-line is, that the gospel calls Christians to live in such a way that promotes the general welfare of society, and not the destruction of it. I think everyone can agree that society as a whole would be better off if everyone had affordable health care; the debate is as to the means.
Here is the bottom line for these political issues and, indeed, all political issues, the gospel calls the Christian to help, love, and serve the poor and unfortunate in our society. It is the Christian who should be at the forefront of these issues crying for and demonstrating kindness, care, and love to those in need. For in showing such kindness, care, and love the power of the gospel and God’s glory is also, and more importantly, shown.