I’ve got a burr under my saddle.
I was at the hospital yesterday afternoon and I was blown away by what I witnessed. I was visiting a member in the church who has pneumonia and her white blood cell count is big-time out of whack. She’s in the ER and waiting to be admitted. Then a “hospitalist,” (what our local hospital calls a “doctor”), comes in with a telephone and says to the lady, “You need to speak to your doctor. He hands her the phone and I saw the look on her face (already pale and ashen in color) turn white. She said, “Oh, ok.” She handed the phone to her husband after a couple of minutes and said, “I guess we’re going home.”
I said, “What!” She looked at me and said, “My doctor says I’m a very sick lady, but not sick enough according to my insurance company.”
Folks, that’s where the burr dug in my back. I said, “Are you serious?” She said, “Yes, my doctor says the insurance company says I’m not sick enough to be admitted.” I said, “Let me get this straight. You have pneumonia and your white blood cell counts are all over the place and you look like you’ve been put through the mill and some insurance company is making this decision?” She said, “Yes.”
Let me explain. We live in a country now where men and women in business suits in high-rise buildings are now making decisions about our health care instead of doctors. This is frightening to me! Now, I’ve got my own opinion as to why I believe this is happening and has ramped up in the last few months. But, I’ll not get “political” here and make some of you mad. I’ll let you decide as to why our insurance costs are going to continue to go out the roof and why companies are laying off workers because of the new legislation coming on-line in this country as we speak.
I’ll say this. There will come a day when I’m afraid an elderly person will go to the hospital ER and a doctor calls an insurance company and the doctor is told, “They don’t fit the grid,” and that elderly person will be sent home. What’s the “grid?” The grid is the matrix the insurance company places you in based on your age and your “value” to society. Have you ever heard of “eugenics?”
eu·gen·ics /yo͞oˈjeniks/ (Noun): The science of improving a human population by controlled breeding to increase the occurrence of desirable heritable characteristics.
Have you ever seen the quote by the founder of Planned Parenthood?
It’s absolutely amazing to me that we live in a society where it might become the “norm” in our health care policies, where a person has to fit into a “grid” in order for them to get treatment.
I thought of this as I was driving home from the hospital this evening. What if this lady (our church member I visited) was on Medicaid? Do you think she would have been admitted to the hospital? My answer? YES! But, a taxpaying citizen, who pays their insurance premiums? NOPE! In fact, the husband told me, “We just paid the insurance premiums online this morning.”
I’m praying for this dear lady. She was told by her doctor, while speaking with him on the phone, that she’d have to come to his office this morning for a shot to help her. Wow! That’s going to be great for her to get out in freezing temps to go to her doctor to get a shot. Does anybody else think this is nuts?
I’m also watching with angst at what the Supreme Court will decide about marriage. Will they uphold what the Bible teaches about marriage or go the way of culture?
Our culture has turned very, very pagan in the last 15 years. What will the Supreme Court decide? It’s anybody’s guess at this point. CNN reported this yesterday:
“Tuesday arguments showed this is Anthony Kennedy’s court. The 76-year-old jurist is likely to be the controlling or ‘swing’ vote for however the court decides the tricky issues.”
Kennedy is the second from the right on the front row. He’s seated beside of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, with the white on her robe.
The CNN article said: Four more liberal justices appeared at least open to the idea that same-sex marriage should be allowed in California. Three more conservative justices seemed to take a more “traditional” view: that marriage is between one man and one woman. Justice Clarence Thomas, who does not speak at oral arguments, seems likely to agree. That leaves the moderate-conservative Kennedy possibly in the middle and perhaps ready to offer a more nuanced, compromise view.
So, we’ll see what happens. But, I’ll tell you this. The Bible says (and thus this is God’s view about marriage) that marriage is between one man and one woman for life. There is no way to continue the human race without men and women doing what God designed them anatomically to do (be fruitful and multiply). Romans 1 teaches very clearly what happens to a society and culture that embraces homosexuality. God turns them over to a reprobate (wicked) mind.
But I know the argument. The argument is that “We just want equal rights.” Here’s the problem with this. If we as a nation legitimize sin, then where does it end? What is marriage going to become? Can it be between three men and four women? Can it be between a human and an animal? How about a human and a Coke can? The very fabric of a society is built upon what the society says about marriage. It’s only been since the year 2000 that gay marriage was legitimized in Finland as “law.” So, in just 13 years, it’s made its way to America.
I’ll make a prediction. In another 10 years, gay marriage will be acceptable and the law of the land. More liberal Supreme Court justices will be placed on the bench by Obama in the next three years. The balance of power will swing to 5-4 or 6-3 and there you’ll have it. You say, “You are being pessimistic.” Nope. I’m being honest.
People can look at me and say, “Kevin, you just need to focus on getting the gospel to people and don’t worry about politics.” Yep. You keep believing that and one day we are all going to wake up in a nation where you and I can’t even speak about sin without it being called a “hate-crime.” Satan wants us to keep believing that we just need to go to church and keep our mouths shut and say nothing except to “give them Jesus.” Yes, we must give them Jesus, but we must stand for truth in the meantime. Paul says, “Contend for the faith.” And “contend” we must. We are to give a reason for our hope (says Peter) in “gentleness and respect,” but we must give a reason.
Yes, we love all people…including gays and lesbians, but to say that gay marriage is acceptable is to deny the Word of God. We can’t and must not cave in to the peer pressure of the day.
You see this sign…
How would you answer this? Read carefully, please. I do not want anyone to think I’m abusing any power. Yet, the Bible is our authority. It’s our standard by which Christians live. Now, some say, “Times have changed.” I agree! But, the Bible HAS NOT changed, nor has the God who breathed it into man to write. God is the same yesterday, today and forever. To give “legal rights” to homosexuals is to legitimize the lifestyle and call it “okay.” It’s to give it legal standing that puts it on the same plane as marriage between a man and a woman.
Remember, there is healing for the homosexual sin as well as healing for the thief or drunk or man who has an affair with another woman (heterosexual adultery). The Bible says there is healing. See the words below that say “were?”
9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, 10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. 1 Corinthians 6:9-11
You can’t make the Bible a “buffet” that you pick and choose what you believe. If you say you believe what the Bible says about salvation and about Jesus, but you don’t believe what the Bible teaches about marriage and sin, then you are not being honest with the Scriptures. You can’t pick and choose. You can’t be intimidated by the intellectual elites of our day who says, “You can’t use the Bible as your standard, because that makes you look dumb and like a bumpkin.”
The Bible speaks to this:
18 For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written,
“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.”
20 Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. 1 Corinthians 1:18-21
So, pardon me while I pull this burr out from under my saddle. But, I promise you it won’t be the last. 🙂 We must stand for truth! Do it in love…but, please, please, please, stand for truth and pray for our nation and for God’s mercy on us.