From a Christian perspective, this is about as despicable as it gets.
During the Vietnam War era, a young Jim Wallis joined the Students for a Democratic Society – the radical student activist organization that protested against the overseas conflict by occupying college administration buildings around the country. Later, SDS splintered into terrorist factions like Weather Underground and The Weathermen.
Throughout the 70s, Wallis spent his time championing communism and founding an anti-capitalist magazine called “The Post American” which he used as a platform to advocate for socialism. It didn’t catch on, so Wallis decided on a new approach: couch his socialist policy preferences in Biblical terminology, manipulating the language of Christianity to promote government confiscation and redistribution of wealth as Christian charity. He changed the name of “The Post American” to “Sojourners” and the bait-and-switch commenced.
So it should have surprised no one when Wallis recently began bearing false witness regarding Trump’s recent executive action on the Affordable Care Act. Obamacare was a transparent and obvious step towards government socialized medicine. When the exchanges failed, as some already had and many others were well on their way to doing, the next “logical” step would have been single-payer government healthcare. This is Bernie’s “Medicare for All” proposal – and ObamaCare was just the stepping stone.
Trump’s executive action allows the purchase of health insurance across state lines and allows 28 million people that Obamacare left behind to purchase insurance cheaply. It also ended the illegal health insurance subsidies from taxpayers that President Obama had permitted despite them being ruled unconstitutional by the courts.
Obviously this moves the healthcare system away from socialism and towards a free market. It puts insurance companies in competition with one another, which works out well for the consumer like it does in every other field. And for that reason, socialists are angry, including guess who:
Jim Wallis @jimwallis: “It’s sinful for @realDonaldTrump to target the sickest and most vulnerable among us for political leverage. Shame on you, Mr. President.”
Shame? Realize what is happening here to really grasp who should be feeling that emotion. Since he is an avowed socialist, Wallis is angry that Trump’s action encourages free market reforms. But remember that no system of economics has proven worse for the poor and underprivileged in the world than socialism. Yet here is Wallis using them as an example of why Trump’s anti-socialism move is bad.
Wallis and Sojourners are bearing false testimony and exploiting the poor to push their politics. That may be what socialists do, but the precise opposite of Christianity.