MSNBC Contributor Dr. Victoria DeFranceso Soto, in a conversation with the Reverend Al Sharpton, host of MSNBC's PoliticsNation, raised the question "What Would Jesus do?" in response to U.S. House Representative Michele Bachmann's comments last week regarding the power of prayer to repeal Obamacare.
Sandy Rios of the American Family Association (AFA) asked Michele Bachmann (R-Minn): "Do you see any path, any path, in which we could, in spite of all the horrible stories that are coming out now, and the awareness that's coming to regular Americans about how bad this was, just as you said it was going to be, any path of stopping it?"
Mrs. Bachman replied: "You know I really do. I believe that God listens to His people and I think if believers humble themselves, confess their sins and pray, I think God hears our hearts and He moves, He moves in miraculous ways. I'm not giving up. The reason why I ran for President in 2012 was to repeal Obamacare. I saw how few people including Republicans would actually lay on the line what had to be laid on the line in order to repeal this effort. I do believe it can happen because people are shocked at the amount of money they have to pay, shocked that they can't get their doctors, shocked at their deductibles, and they're not going to put up with it."
She went on to say: "I have great hope Sandy, that the American people will have their voice heard and will be able to have their sway. Now, it isn't a guarantee - we've got to do a lot of work between now and then, particularly on our knees in prayer."
(See Video - Cong. Michele Bachmann talks about ObamaCare Bailouts)
Al Sharpton, a supporter of Barack Obama and the "Affordable Care Act", took issue with Michele's ideas, addressing the AFA conversation with Victoria Soto on his MSNBC television program.
Mr Sharpton said "So the Right Wing ... they're even looking to the heaven's above to stop Obamacare. Is this what happens when you don't have any real plans to give healthcare to people of your own?"
Dr. Soto responds: "Reverend, I would ask Michele Bachmann "What would Jesus do?" Would Jesus want to turn away people with pre-existing conditions? Would Jesus want to see millions upon millions of people who do not have access to affordable care go without? I would aspire to say that the answer is no. And more importantly for the GOP - where is that compassion and the conservativism that they so espouse, in being a more religious party? So I'm just dumbfounded when Michele Bachmann brings God into the equation because what would a divine God, what would Jesus do in an instance like this?"
The Feb. 17 video I watched to bring you this story cuts off as Al Sharpton begins to reply "Well, I'm dumbfounded ... "
Those are indeed good questions coming from Victoria Soto. If I may be so bold, as a Christian who knows Jesus, I would say to both her and Mr. Sharpton: "Please spend some quiet time reading the Bible carefully. Focus on the 4 gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Look at what Jesus did, then realize that He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Read to understand the heart of God. Learn what He expects of us as individuals."
I might also ask them to note:
"When and how did Jesus instruct people to use the Government to show compassion?"
"What did Jesus say or do in regard to public healthcare?"
"What did Jesus say about political parties helping the poor?"
"What does the scripture say about helping those who suffer misfortune through no fault of their own vs. those who refuse to work or suffer because of their poor choices?"
"What did Jesus think about overcharging people?"
and "Under what circumstances are we to place one man's burden on another?"
We don't have to guess for long, if we care enough to actually search the scriptures to find life's answers.