Tuesday Youday: Health Care Reform and Christianity

You get two separate Tuesday Youday features today – under one post. I couldn’t choose – both needed to be lifted up as today’s munchies.

First, back in August, Dan King, as BibleDude posted an article about why Christians shouldn’t be surprised about government health care. I came across this article yesterday thanks to Twitter. I’ve been a follower of BibleDude on Twitter for a few months now. I especially appreciate the book studies and community that has formed among the blog readers and tweeple. In this article, Dan lays it out pretty good for us to think about – God calls those of us who are more fortunate to help our brothers and sisters who are less fortunate. Adequate health care seems to be one of those areas where we should be leading the way. And yet there are so many people without it and we, as Christians, don’t make it a priority to make sure they get it. Until someone close to us is affected – then we might make it a priority.

And then yesterday I came across this post. Now I’ve never heard of Rachel Held Evans – I don’t know a thing about her. From what I’ve seen on her blog, I think if we ever ran into each other, we’d instantly become friends. Good friends even. But with all of that aside, she does an incredible job reminding us that there are Christians all over the map on this issue. What we can unite around is the fact that Jesus calls us to serve the poor – we might differ on our opinions on the best way to do that, but in the end, the calling is the same. I hate to hear people say “I don’t want to pay for Joe Schmoe’s health care because he’s a deadbeat that can’t get a job” – especially when those people claim to be Christian. I think about the Good Samaritan who paid for the hospital bills of the Jewish man who was robbed and beaten and left to die – and then promised to come back and pay more if it was owed. And Jesus ends the story by telling us to “go and do likewise.” So yes, Christians might disagree about the best way to provide quality health care for everyone, but I hope that we agree that Jesus calls us to provide it and if we are to truly follow him we will find a way to be serious about it.

A big toast to Dan and Rachel for tackling tough stuff in a very classy way!

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  • http://twitter.com/bibledude @bibledude

    Wow… I'm honored (and humbled) to think that I may have influenced someone's thinking! This is an important discussion, and I often wish that the church would focus more on doing the right things rather than trying to prove that we are right. I think that we might actually reach more people if we dropped the debates and just loved on and help others in need.

    Thanks for including me in this feature! You rock!

  • @bibledude

    Wow… I'm honored (and humbled) to think that I may have influenced someone's thinking! This is an important discussion, and I often wish that the church would focus more on doing the right things rather than trying to prove that we are right. I think that we might actually reach more people if we dropped the debates and just loved on and help others in need. Thanks for including me in this feature! You rock!

  • http://twitter.com/bibledude @bibledude

    Wow… I'm honored (and humbled) to think that I may have influenced someone's thinking! This is an important discussion, and I often wish that the church would focus more on doing the right things rather than trying to prove that we are right. I think that we might actually reach more people if we dropped the debates and just loved on and help others in need.

    Thanks for including me in this feature! You rock!