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Please Read Ephesians 4 Before Attending Townhall

Many people in the anti-health care reform movement are regular churchgoers that talk about the need to follow the Bible and have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. As one Christian to others, this post is for them.

I support the right of people who oppose the President’s/Congress’ plan for health insurance reform and encourage you to attend town hall meetings in your district. You have a right to be heard. You do not have a right to use the disruptive tactics suggested by Robert McGuffie. And I think the Bible supports me on this.

I’m thinking particularly of Ephesians 4:30-32:

And do not grieve the holy Spirit of God, with which you were sealed for the day of redemption. All bitterness, fury, anger, shouting, and reviling must be removed from you, along with all malice. (And) be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving one another as God has forgiven you in Christ.

I fail to see how the following tactics suggested by Mr. MacGuffie fit into Ephesians 4:

  • Watch for an opp011unity to yell out and challenge the Rep’s statements early. If he blames Bush for something or offers other excuses — call him on it, yell back and have someone else tallow-up with a shout-out.
  • If the Rep tries a particularly odious diversion,  someone from the
    group should yell out to answer the question.
  • Screaming before questions are taken.
  • Bringing signs that show personal hatred for individual politicians instead of rejection of harmful policies. Not specifically in the memo, but seen at town halls around the country.

Again, if you have concerns about the health plan before Congress, you do deserve to be heard. Write letters, go to town halls. Sign up to speak, ask your questions, make your comments and do followups. But do it in a spirit of love and charity as Christ who called you. Did Jesus interrupt the Pharisees while they were still speaking? Did he not let them have their say before responding? Why not go and do the same?

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3 Responses

  1. Beautifully stated.

  2. Well timed post, Librarian. Our guy is now scheduling some townhalls. Ephesians 4:30-32 needs to be on my sign as a reminder to all.

    That and the word “grace.” Too many Christians seem to forget about.THAT powerful little word.

    The tactics being used are not the way true civil discourse should be taking place. Shame on those with power who promote this behavior, and shame on those who slept through an education that could have taught them to “Just Say No to Stupidity.”

  3. That may not have been in the home schooling curriculum, HistoryGoddess… 🙂

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