See, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me, and the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple. The messenger of the covenant in whom you delight—indeed, he is coming, says the Lord of hosts. But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears? For he is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap; he will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the descendants of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, until they present offerings to the Lord in righteousness. Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the Lord as in the days of old and as in former years. Then I will draw near to you for judgment; I will be swift to bear witness against the sorcerers, against the adulterers, against those who swear falsely, against those who oppress the hired workers in their wages, the widow and the orphan, against those who thrust aside the alien, and do not fear me, says the Lord of hosts.
Today on The Nativity of Saint John The Baptist once again scripture bears witness against the actions of the Republicans and far right. John The Baptist railed against injustice and today I’ll follow his example. Most Republicans and other right wingers wear “Christianity” as a mantle and use the hate speech of radical right wing pastors to justify themselves. I’m not impartial, apolitical or non partisan, and at this point in our country there is a moral imperative to block legislation that hurts many millions of people and benefits few. The “healthcare” bill being put forward by the Republicans oppresses workers and costs them their hard earned wages, it oppresses widows and all other people over forty-six. Medicaid caps and allowing discrimination based on pre-existing conditions will oppress the disabled, orphans and anyone in need of costly medications or medical interventions. So far, every policy put forward by our president and his party stand in stark opposition to the teachings of Jesus and The Prophets. When Saint John The Baptist called the Pharisees and Sadducees a viper’s brood, he could well have been speaking of the Republican’s in both the house and the senate. John The Baptist was not shy about calling out the leaders of his day for their sinfulness and we shouldn’t be shy about calling the denial of healthcare from tens of millions of people sin, because in my opinion that is exactly what it is.