It’s that time of year when Christians reflect on the sacrifice Jesus made for us all. Honestly, I think many people focus on the torture & death more than his great works. Look at the symbol: A emaciated body nailed to two pieces of wood. That’s not what Jesus was about. He was crucified. It happened to him. He spoke out and made things happen. There is a difference.
Jesus was about love. He was about teaching that we are in this together and we need to be taking care of each other. If Jesus came back today and saw everyone fighting over guns, while people died of treatable illnesses; no one would be raptured. Not even you, Kirk Cameron! (By the way… That crush I had on you- totally over it!)
Every day I surf the internet. Some days I get lucky in the sea of information and ride the wave of a patient’s successful lung transplant or remission, but usually I just drop in on a wave of obituaries, memorial web sites and fundraisers in someone’s memory.
Which explained a truth to me that I have been pounding my head over for years: “The “meat” of research funding goes to the popular diseases and the scraps go to the ones not so pretty.
You know what I can’t figure out? That, with all the popularity of making it cool to use the term “boobies” to raise money, wear bracelets and shirts that say “save the Tatas” with all the cheep chachkie’s in landfills; I can’t figure out why people are still dying from tit cancer.
It’s all money. There is research done that makes amazing breakthroughs. I am so frustrated because I get all the Viagra and Remicade I need, while others wait for a pencil pusher from an insurance company to tell someone who could benefit from treatment ,that it’s not “in their formulary”.
And why? Because we don’t want to be communists. Because we are to stupid and to profit driven and have it ingrained into our psyche at birth, that socializing something will lead to the end of capitalism.
I know what you’re thinking, “But Karen, we can’t socialize healthcare. That would make us communists.”
Yes, the worst possible thing that could happen is we will become communists because we cured some people. God forbid we take care of the sick. Oh wait… Isn’t THAT what Jesus would do?
No. Making medicine and care available to everyone who needs it would not make us communists. Taking care of the sick would make us more Jesus-ey.
So while you are all hunting for Easter Eggs after church this Sunday, or worrying about the “potential life” in a perfect stranger’s eggs, I will be wondering if anyone will ever get Jesus’ message. At least anyone who can make a difference. Right now, I see a bunch of people fighting over money. Not care, not health and certainly not behaving like one who walks in Jesus’ footsteps. Forget about the rapture. We would’t deserve it anyway and Jesus has better things to do, like go to a pool party.
Let’s actually cure something. Let’s have all the money go to research, dispensing of drugs and treatment. Ron Burgundy movies have, and will continue to provide us with an abundance of quotes to put on t-shirts, with plenty to say about guns and boobies.
U Tube clip from The Guitar Guy
Things Jesus and friends said.