Guest Post: A Faithful Life

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Last night was one of those nights—you know the ones—the kind that always follow bad nights (in the plural), that start bad and escalate. It’s as if God and the universe are determined to clump all the ick together in one night. I’ve just deleted all the details…suffice it to say, while Christian was teaching piano lessons, every time I turned around I discovered another piece of ick, in ascending order of ickiness. There were five or six in all, compounding over the course of an hour and a half, and by the end of it I was pretty crazed and uh, let’s just say, not on my best behavior. At 9:15p.m., I felt like I was going to throw up, I was so tired. And then Nicholas woke up crying. “I can’t do this another night,” I said, and Christian took over.

So I got a decent night’s sleep—for the first time this week. Still, there’s no waxing philosophical for me this morning. I’m still in recovery. And I think I need to go to Confession…for sure, I don’t have any business preaching about caring for “the least of these,” which is Ann’s topic du jour

Fortunately, I have an amazing mother to take up the slack. She left me a long comment a couple of days ago—a comment so good that I asked if I could share it with all of you as its own blog post. I had reviewed Donald Millers’ Searching for God Knows What, who takes issue with Christians who reduce the entire Gospel to two hot-button political issues. My mother responded beautifully. I know that I have readers across the political spectrum, but I think she really gets to the heart of the matter, which is that first and foremost, we are called to act close to home:

I doubt that most conservatives think that abortion and gay marriage are the sum of all morality. Without hearing in more depth what Don Miller thinks we should all be doing about health care, world trade, and the environment, it’s hard to make a focuesed response. I probably hold very different views from him on what I think should be done (or not done), but it is NOT because I don’t care about those issues. I just don’t happen to think that the liberals’ way of attacking these issues with more government programs and money is the most efficient, sensible way to get things done. I still recycle almost everything. I bury my garbage, recyle my newspapers, magazines, cardboard and plastic. When I run hot water, I save the cold water that comes out of the tap first to use for cooking purposes later. I don’t run the shower continuously, wasting precious water. I get wet, turn it off, soap up, and then turn back on to rinse. I oppose cap and trade because it a very costly solution looking for a problem to fix. The science of climate change is all over the board. Equally qualified scientists have come down on both sides of the issue. Contrary to what the liberal media is feeding us, there is no consensus on what the scientific data is telling us, and much of the data the cap and trade folks are citing as the basis for their proposed solutions has been shown to be flawed by the way it was handled.

As far as the poor and hungry, I seek out local individuals or programs to put my 10% tithe money where I can see it will do good, and avoid most of the national health charities because they all support embryonic stem cell research to which I am strongly opposed. I take my extra garden produce to the local food pantry.

With regard to healthcare, I oppose Obamacare because it promises what it cannot deliver, increases the cost of our health insurance, and decreases the quantity and quality of the health care I will be able to get. There are things that should be done, but Obamacare doesn’t address those things–things like medical malpractice tort reform, transparency, and empowering consumers with information to shop as wisely for health care as they shop for food, clothing, and cars.

I’m a conservative, and I do care about all those issues and I act on my concerns.