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The Health Care Ruling and the God of Salvation

How yesterday's ruling affects—and shouldn't affect—those who follow the crucified Christ.

Yesterday the Supreme Court announced its ruling on the controversial health care reform law passed in 2010, which held most of the law constitutional. Despite broad support for some of the individual provisions in the Proustian legislation, public opinion has been more strongly opposed to than in favor of the law as a whole. The ruling sets the stage for a particularly contentious conclusion to the election season. How might Christians, whose opinions on the law are no less diverse than the rest of the country's, respond to the ruling?

Regardless of what we think about the law or the court's decision, those who follow the God of the Bible are united in the belief that the world began as a good creation that overflowed from the love of the Trinity; that sickness and death marred and corrupted that good creation as a result of sin; that God came to earth in the person of Jesus to pay the penalty for sin, restore humankind's relationship with him and each other, and usher in the restoration of the world; that one day Jesus will return and we will all be bodily resurrected to enjoy eternity with the triune God in a new heaven and new earth in which the curse is no more.

That is the unifying conviction of the church throughout history and the world. And it is important to remember in a moment when national affairs can loom so large. The men and women leading our country, powerful as they may seem in the moment, are not our saviors. They, too, are both part of God's good creation yet ...

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