Healthcare–The Biggest Story of the Year?

healthcareHey, have you heard anything about healthcare reform lately?  Yeah.  I thought so.

I guess insurance and the President’s attempt to reform healthcare have become the biggest story of the year.  It’s not surprising to see how worked up people are getting whether they’re shouting for or against the proposed changes.  But one of the things that does surprise me a little bit is how some Christians seem to worry so much about it.

Look, I have my views about the proposed plan(s), and I’m not saying that all of our lives won’t be impacted by what Congress and the President do.  I’m simply saying it doesn’t really matter–not as much as we think.

Those who have great health insurance are blessed.  Those of us who don’t have good coverage, however, still manage to get by.  But even if we didn’t–even if we had no access to insurance or medical care–we would only be as bad off as the vast majority of people living on the planet.  And guess what?  God created and loves those people, too.  That means something.

In part, it means that there are bigger things to think about than a bloated government’s latest foray in paternalism.  God isn’t going to be undone, overruled, or weakened by anything the government does.  God is too big for that, and God’s love for all of us is enough to give us hope that He’ll take care of us.  This doesn’t mean that we won’t get sick.  It doesn’t mean that some people won’t die when treatment was available that could have prolonged their life.  It just means that health and longer life aren’t the most important things for us to think about.

I know…that sounds ridiculous to most people.  But for Christians, for believers, for those who trust God and try to live by faith, this is a claim that reverberates through the pages of Scripture.  God wants us to be well and live full lives, but even moreso, He wants us to be faithful no matter what happens so that we can enjoy a perfect relationship with Him forever.  If people really knew what that meant, it would be the biggest story of every year.  Friends, we’ve got a lot of work to do.


About PatrickBarber

Preaching Minister East Point Church of Christ Wichita, Kansas
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2 Responses to Healthcare–The Biggest Story of the Year?

  1. Sammy says:

    All obama will do is outsource anyways. Just think about the all the lobbyists flocking to Washington DC because of obama’s reckless over-spending of $2 TRILLION in just 6 months, which alone is increasing the National Debt by 20%.

    Politicians take people’s money and reward the large corporations, in this case companies in the health care industry, since they have the money to more effectively lobby politicians. In the end smaller businesses will be hurt.

    Politicians will only reward companies that will be in their best political interest. Honestly, when can you really trust politicians since they are basically professional liars, and being president just means you are the best liar of the time. Why not just give the money directly from the people to the companies and take politicians in government out of the equation?

    obama is going to recklessly spend TRILLIONS of tax payers’ money just to give insurance to about 25% of those who do not have it. Over 50% of people’s income go towards taxes, just imagine how many more people will afford health care insurance if their income is almost doubled because of dramatic tax cuts.

    Competition is what is needed. It lowers prices of products and services, along with developing new innovations. All of which will benefit consumers. You need to remember that monopolistic tendencies can also apply to government.

    The reason why the cost of insurance is high is because politicians in government mandate insurance companies to increase their premiums to pay for ridiculous things. In addition, politicians put up regulations so that Americans are not allowed to get insurance from another state and use the coverage in their own state. This reduces competition making it more expensive for people to get insurance. On top of that medical professionals are not allowed to freely practice their profession in any US state without taking a long and tedious licensing process. This again increases the cost of medical insurance.

    In the end, the problem with most economic issues is too much government intervention of the economy by politicians, who will only tend to do things for political self interest. Just like how obama nationalized GM to pander to its unions. Politicians can barely run government, yet people think they can run a multi-national auto manufacturing company?

    The solution is SMALLER government, LESS spending, and LOWER taxes.

    • PatrickBarber says:

      Sammy, I’m not here to debate the merits of the current healthcare controversy. My point is that there are bigger issues in life for those of us who believe in God and follow the teachings of Jesus. We will all be impacted by our governments decisions. I know that. And I tend to agree with your final sentence, but the only true solution for real fulfillment is living with faith that God will give us what we need if we trust in Him.

      But we also have to understand that what we need according to God, and what we want/need according to our culture, are two very different things. God knows that we need a faithful relationship with Him regardless of the political climate. If the first Christians could survive the horrific governments of imperial Rome, then we can survive under the rule of Republicans and Democrats.

      Let’s not lose sight of those issues that are most important while we do what we can in our participatory system of government to act wisely for the sake of the nation.

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