What is funnier than a Chuck Norris joke?  Chuck Norris’ attempt to be taken seriously.  It is one thing for the round house kickin’ mediocre actor to walk around to stage with the fringe members of the political right, but just because they like having the authority of America’s favorite Texas Ranger doesn’t mean he should start writing editorials.  Well it appears that Chuck is no longer just talking with his fist’n foot, but is pulling out his pen.

On ‘townhall.com’ Chuck posted a little editorial on the health care debate titled ‘What if Mother Mary Had Obamacare?’  Now that is an interesting question.  I am sure that Chuck, a public figure very forward about his Christian faith, would not use the pregnancy of Mary, the Mother of God, as a political tool… I might be wrong.  Chucky writes,

Lastly, as we near the eve of another Christmas, I wonder: What would have happened if Mother Mary had been covered by Obamacare? What if that young, poor and uninsured teenage woman had been provided the federal funds (via Obamacare) and facilities (via Planned Parenthood, etc.) to avoid the ridicule, ostracizing, persecution and possible stoning because of her out-of-wedlock pregnancy? Imagine all the great souls who could have been erased from history and the influence of mankind if their parents had been as progressive as Washington’s wise men and women! Will Obamacare morph into Herodcare for the unborn?

Here’s my guess about what would have happened.  Mary would still have been ‘highly favored by God.’  This is a statement about Mary’s character. So I imagine upon hearing that she was to be the Mother of one who would ‘reign over the house of Jacob for ever,  whose kingdom there will be no end, be born Holy, and be called Son of God,’ she would not say ‘that sounds nice Gabriel but this doesn’t really fit my life plan.’  I bet she would still respond by saying ‘Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.’ God didn’t pick Mary randomly.  God didn’t force her into the deal.  Christians have long affirmed that God gifted her with a singularly unique role in God’s redemptive work in history and is to be an example of the faith for us today.

I know the Texas Ranger is scared of Obama’s political power, but I don’t think he needs to worry about Obama orchestrating the abortion of God. What concerns me the most is that it was OK for him to be so haphazard with Mary, her character, and the Bible just to score a point for his ‘townhall’ team.  I am not saying Mary does not do things that can have political consequences, but this application seems ridiculous.  Mary was the type of woman, like her Son, who remains faithful to God regardless of the situation.  To suggest otherwise is to go against the Bible’s testimony to her character.

Now as for Mary’s real political statement, her song for God’s justice (Luke 1:45-55).  This one was applicable for Herod and calls Obama and the rest of us to respond today.  Scot McKnight comments on this passage….

What was God about to do through Mary’s son? Here are the five main points:
*    Scatter the proud
*    Strip rulers from their unjust thrones
*    Stand the humble up with confidence
*    Satisfy the hungry with food
*    Send the rich away empty

Which means these are the problems:
*    Pride
*    Unjust rulers and injustice
*    Oppression of the humble
*    Hunger
*    Oppression by the rich through accumulation

You can all draw your own conclusions, but for me I can’t imagine Mary loosing her faithfulness because more people are getting health care.

* Check out this related post over at 220 South ‘Chuck Norris Kicks Logic in the Face’